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    I have a 16x9 HD TV.
    Why does the DVD movies or shows that are made in 16x9 still have the black bars on the top and the bottom?

    What is the purpose of a 16x9 tv if you still have the bars on the top & bottom.
    Thanks
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  • #2
    Did you RTFM?

    I dunno, since I can't afford a 16x9 TV
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    • #3
      From the first few results of a google search:

      http://www.widescreen.org/widescreen_tv_qa.shtml

      http://www.hdtvsolutions.com/letterbox.htm

      Used to install custom home theaters so I pretty much heard this question every day!
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      • #4
        I use "Full" mode - Stretches the horizontal and crops the vertical so the picture always fits. Makes everyone fat, but with all the skinny girls on TV now, they look normal...
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        • #5
          Michaelrj9: what kind of tv is it? (LCD, CRT, DLP, etc...)

          Different brands do stretch modes a little differently and some brands are better than others so find a couple modes that you can live with watching. Personally I like to see what the filmer/camera originally recorded and would rather deal w/ a few black bars than a distorted/stretched image
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          • #6
            Originally posted by PatO
            I use "Full" mode - Stretches the horizontal and crops the vertical so the picture always fits. Makes everyone fat, but with all the skinny girls on TV now, they look normal...
            Post # 3000

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            • #7
              It's the perennial square box oblong picture debate.
              Thanks to knotch for two excellent and informative links.

              To sum up:

              If your screen is rectangular (16:9 widescreen etc) and your film is square (well almost 1.66:1) –
              You either loose top and bottom or have two blank (black) areas right and left.
              The third option is to stretch the picture so everyone looks silly.

              If your screen is rectangular (16:9 widescreen etc) and your film is even more rectangular (2.35:1)-
              You loose left and right or have two blank (black) areas top and bottom.
              The third option is Mr PotatoHead meets the fat chicks.

              Your film has not been stolen, cut or otherwise interfered with, at least by your telly.
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              • #8
                I'm willing to bet the signal from your video source is RCA composite (the single yellow RCA video connection) and not component or DVI.
                Composite video doesn't cary the right signal to display HD at the dimensions you want.

                And no, I don't know the technical details behind it.
                Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                How about the Wiki?



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