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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by qwerty, Mar 23, 2012.
Tried that - it has no effect. Thanks anyway.
I'd like to be able to see the whole picture. In this case, the guards dribbling the ball near the time line. Letter box would be fine. I don't think that's unreasonable.
Yeah, I know that. I don't know what got into me
I don't have a format button.
What remote do you have?
While you may not be able to change the format [due to being locked as an SD DVR], the DirecTV remote should have the button.
It doesn't say, but I think it's an RC64.
If it's an RC28 or above, the format button is the second one down on the upper left, where the top is the input select for the TV.
Every D* remote I have ever seen has the model right on it in the upper LH corner, what does yours say there? I've got 2 labelled as RC65R, and one older RC34.
But then the station would have issues with window-boxing of the picture, which becomes particularly gruesome with up-converted 4:3 material that many other SD viewers may not be so fine with.
So the station had to make a compromise somewhere in selecting 4:3 crop of their 16:9 HD signal.
I would argue that the best solution for SD users short of forgetting about the whole thing and converting to HD, is for the stations or MSOs to use AFD on their SD feeds.
Sadly though, for whatever reasons, outside of NBC (consistently) and Fox (sometimes) O&O stations, not many are using ADF on their SD feeds.
I happen to be using an older RC64 right now, and I can assure you that the FORMAT button is there.
Second one from the upper top left ...
Maybe it's not the RC64. I don't see any model or format button.
Strange that it doesn't show it.
So, the only other place to check is in the setup menu.
Thats the RC16 remote.
I agree that it's not unreasonable, but people like those of us on these boards are the minority whether we like it or not. The vast majority of viewers hate letterbox or anything that doesn't fill every single inch of their screens. That's why they adjust their TV to crop or blow up the picture regardless of the distortion it causes.
I guess the networks would rather deal with a relatively small number of complaints from us than much larger numbers asking if their TV "is broken" because there black bars on it.
How do you "lock" the format so it stays at unaltered and doesn't cycle through crop/stretch/etc when you press the format button on the remote? I'm constantly having to change my receivers back to "unaltered" after someone presses the format button by mistake and doesn't realize it.
There isn't an option that I know of.