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


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Poll: How often do you use the format button to change format (on any given receiver?) (256 member(s) have cast votes)

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

  1. At least once a day. (9 votes [3.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.52%

  2. At least once a week. (27 votes [10.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.55%

  3. At least once a month. (13 votes [5.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.08%

  4. At least once each year. (39 votes [15.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.23%

  5. Never. (168 votes [65.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 65.62%

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

Never, set it properly in menu for the particular TV and just leave it.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:24 AM

Never, set it properly in menu for the particular TV and just leave it.

Guess you like watching "windowboxed" SD sometimes. ;)

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:29 AM

I usually leave the living room DVR set to "crop" as the only things I watch in SD are BBC America and Anime Network On Demand. For occasional anime series, I switch to "pillar box" to keep the original 4:3 ratio.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:33 AM

Kinda surprised some with H/HR2X receivers connected to SDTVs in the household, like me :) , haven't posted yet of the typical need to toggle between letter-box and crop when viewing HD channels.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:37 AM

I think in the 4 years of having a hd-DVR, I have used it once. So I voted never.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:37 AM

I don't even have it programmed into my Harmony.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:46 AM

Never. 4 HD DVRs and three HD receivers. Never once used the format key.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:57 AM

I voted at least once per year but that includes accidental pushes. I really see no use for the button.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:57 AM

Hopefully they're asking because they're designing the new tactile feel DirecTV remote.

I want a DirecTV remote that has buttons like the TiVo Glo remote. The DirecTV remote is "cheap" feeling (button-wise) compared to the Glo remote.

I'd replace every one with a DirecTV tactile remote.

Also remove the ACTIVE button while they're at it. The only time I've ever hit that button is by accident and then it flushes the buffer and I'm ticked off. :)
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:23 AM

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.) :)


Exactly the same scenario here.:)


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:12 AM

At least it's in a place on the remote where I don't hit it accidentally. I voted never, if I want to change aspects, I use the TV. I never use the "Active" button either, but I do hit it accidentally from time to time. I never use the "TV Input" button either. Or the "Enter" button.

I hope this poll isn't about redesigning the D* remotes. I'm used to them and I don't have to look at them to see what I'm doing. The backlit remotes could also be done away with. All mine have that function turned off. Goes thru batteries too quickly.

Aside from the "Active" button, I have no complaints about the remotes.


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:19 AM

TV is a new 16x9 HD 1080p

I use it to get rid of letter boxes when watching Star Trek

I changed the HD DVR to 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.
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:31 AM

On initial TV setup only.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:32 AM

I didn't even map that button for my folks when I programmed a universal remote for them. SO add one more for never.. :D

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:34 AM

I will occasionally use format to zoom in on 480 letter boxed SD.


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:40 AM

Set it and leave it.
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:42 AM

Guess you like watching "windowboxed" SD sometimes. ;)

SD, is that like 8 track? :lol:

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:01 PM

SD, is that like 8 track? :lol:

Yes, (good analogy) altho the comparison might wax cyclinder next year. :)


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:18 PM

I use the format key for the following:

1. Some SD channels have letterboxed content which I can expand to full screen with the crop setting.

2. Some SD subchannels broadcast 4:3 content inside a 16:9 video format so I need to stretch it out.

3. The aspect ratio of some Media Share video content is incorrectly determined by my HR24-500 (my other receivers don't have this limitation).

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:25 PM

Never. I may have done it, accidentally, but don't remember it.

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