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How often (and why) do you use the Format Button?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Tom Robertson, Oct 2, 2011.

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How often do you use the format button to change format (on any given receiver?)

  1. At least once a day.

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  2. At least once a week.

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  3. At least once a month.

    27 vote(s)
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  4. At least once each year.

    13 vote(s)
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  5. Never.

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  1. Oct 2, 2011 #1 of 92
    Tom Robertson

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    Trying to get some sense about the format button usage.

    How often do you use your format button to actually change the format?

    And under what circumstances?

    (My answers in the next post.)

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  2. Oct 2, 2011 #2 of 92
    Tom Robertson

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    I realized that I only use the format button on any given receiver, to actually change the format that is, when I move a receiver. So I said never. I don't change between resolutions nor do I change from stretch. (Helps that I don't watch much SD anymore.) :)

    What about you and your family?

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  3. Oct 2, 2011 #3 of 92
    csrrocks2011

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    Once a day for me.
    However, it's usually AT work, because when customers call about cut off pictures, it's easier to test with them when I can see what they;re seeing. esp the "seasoned" customers who have never used HD before and keep watching the SD version of a channel and then they stretch it all out to high heck! :p
     
  4. Oct 2, 2011 #4 of 92
    armophob

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    Once all of my watched channels went to HD, (besides BBCA), I kept it in "original format". Back in the SD days I was stretching the crap out of the shows to fill the screen.

    Man I miss those threads.:lol:
    Stretch me baby!!!!!!
     
  5. Oct 2, 2011 #5 of 92
    litzdog911

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    There are a few SD channels and one off-air subchannel (480i) that require toggling the FORMAT button to get the proper aspect ratio. So I probably use it ~1 per week.
     
  6. Oct 2, 2011 #6 of 92
    Shades228

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    I won't say I never use it but I can't recall the last time I have used it so for the intent and purpose of the poll I chose never.
     
  7. Oct 2, 2011 #7 of 92
    HoTat2

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    I voted at least once a week, but it's really like maybe three times per week on average for an old 20 in. 4:3 LCD TV in the kitchen-breakfast room area hooked up by component cable to an HR21-200 locked to scale all to 480p.

    Since the set is 4:3 the format button is occasionally used to change from letter-box for a full 16:9 HD image to crop when viewing a station broadcasting up-converted 4:3 material due to window-boxing.
     
  8. Oct 2, 2011 #8 of 92
    gfrang

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    I leave it set to original format but i push it once in a wile to see what the channel is delivering like 720p,1080i etc, voted once a week.
     
  9. Oct 2, 2011 #9 of 92
    JACKIEGAGA

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    Never.
     
  10. I WANT MORE

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    Never. I and prefer the term "tenured". :D
     
  11. afulkerson

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    I voted never. I tried it once a couple of years ago do not see any use for it. I have all HD TV's and only watch HD channels. :)
     
  12. BosFan

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    Once a day that my kids are home because they are obsessed with stretching the SD channels, so I put it back. The one exception is now that HLN is SD but letterbox I will crop that on my 42" while I'm on the treadmill.
     
  13. carl6

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    I voted once a year. It is very very rare. Typically only when setting up a receiver with a tv.
     
  14. Sixto

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    Voted once a year.

    I usually hit it after some change, move a DVR, new TV, something changes, but I could live without it, especially now that's it's on the INFO bar.
     
  15. br408408

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    Only to set up new a receiver. Just about everything I watch is HD, and the few thing that are not, I don't stretch
     
  16. dennisj00

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    Never, I have Native off and set to only 1080i / p
     
  17. Steve

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    Same here. I could work-around it, though, by simply changing channels, once I selected my preferred "HD Settings" options in set-up.

    I didn't vote, but if I had to, I guess "once a year" would be closest for me.
     
  18. ejbvt

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    One of our local channels (Antenna TV) is delivered 16x9 by the broadcaster so I take it off "pillar box" to "original" format" when I watch something (usually "All in the Family") on there. Otherwise, it looks up-and-down-stretched with extra large black bars. I also use it to crop the 16x9 image to fill the screen on SD channels (NG Wild, HLN usually). Stretch-o-vision is a crime and should be punishable. I actually have both HD and SD TBS and Cartoon Network in my favorites list because it hurts to watch older episodes of Family Guy all stretched out. Peter is fat enough.
     
  19. Stuart Sweet

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    Fairly rare now. I used to use it for Mad Men, to make it full screen.
     
  20. veryoldschool

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    My vote was once a day, but really it may be every couple of days, or several times a day.

    The reason I change it is for the SD channels/programs that are in 16:9. For these having a "window box" I change to zoom [my TV] or crop [receiver] to fill the screen. Then at the end of the program, I need to change back to pillarbar for the 4:3 SD.
    If all SD was in 4:3, I wouldn't be using the format button.
     

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