Here's an update from Steve. Looks like they are working on a new upgrade.
BTW, my s/w version is v1.15 05/11/01, after one upgrade. I will try the black bar/gray bar switching tonight.
It's been a couple of weeks since communicating with you regarding questions about the HDTV Tuner up-grade and I'd like to give everyone the latest.
After numerous emails and converstions regarding the operation of our HDTV Tuner, the engineers have agreed to add the capability of over-ridding the AUTO screen size select that the new software was designed to solve. What
this means is our engineers with need to design a change in the actual menu selection to make this possible. I am not sure how long this will take, but when this is completed, I will send the upgrade file to you. This may involve turning the automatic screen size setting to the off position. I am not sure if this is 100% acceptable, but this is the only way this can be solved. What is clear, the unit cannot auto-select a format and memorize a user-setting that qverrides the auto-setting.
Let me clarify what the current v1.6 up-grade does for the SIRT150...
Automatic screen size selection based on the incoming DTV broadcast format. Depending on the users set 4:3 or 16:9, whichever is selected, the output will accomodate the screen format. For most broadcasts, the SIRT150 will select the "FULL" position for either screen size on HDTV broadcasts. On 480P SD broadcasts that are not stretched, the pillar box selection is automatically selected when the 6:9 screen size is selected. Example here in NY area is our UPN channel 38-1. The other 480P channels like Fox and WB channels don't activate the "pillar box" selection because the image is stretched on the broadcast side. I am not sure how the SIRT150 knows what to do, but it does it.
Gray Bar option of pillar boxed broadcasts in the 16:9 mode. Note that this is seen only on 480P broadcast programs. I have noticed that 480P 8M broadcasts that are resized on the broadcast side.
To activate the gray bars, simply call the menu up and select the HELP icon, hit "ENTER" to defeat or switch HELP to the "OFF" mode. Touch the "DISPLAY BUTTON" on the remote to activate the gray bars and the same to defeat back to black bars.
To confirm the version number of the software, call the menu up and select the HELP icon, hit "ENTER" switch HELP to the "ON" mode. Touch the "DISPLAY BUTTON" on the remote and a caption box will appear with the version code.
If you have any other questions, please contact me.
Steve G. Panosian
Sr. Marketing Manager - DTV and PJTV