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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.


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

  1. At least once a day.

    0 vote(s)
  2. At least once a week.

    9 vote(s)
  3. At least once a month.

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

    13 vote(s)
  5. Never.

    39 vote(s)
  1. e4123

    e4123 AllStar

    Jan 31, 2011
    I format the 480 channels to 720p w/ letter box and watch them on my 32 in panasonic.
  2. markfp

    markfp Legend

    Mar 9, 2010
    I use it everyday when watching TCM. I don't want to see films beautifully shot in 4:3 deformed by stretching it to 16:9.
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Would it not be easier to set to "Original format" and not have to switch it yourself? (I totally agree on not stretching any format).
  4. David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

    Aug 21, 2006
    Fresno, CA
    It's not really an issue for me now that AMC is in HD, but I always preferred using the DVR to zoom. I would only use the TV to zoom if I had to because the GUI gets cut off that way.
  5. armchair

    armchair Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2009
    I set my HDTV settings in the Menu and never use the FORMAT button.
  6. webby_s

    webby_s Hall Of Fame

    Jan 11, 2008
    Lately I've been using the format button because I have been using media share and the formats I have there are all wonky.
  7. mborner

    mborner AllStar

    Jan 11, 2011
    The format button hasn't been pushed in 10 years. Oh, wait..........I did send the command once from a 3rd party control system just to see if it worked. :)
  8. Ken984

    Ken984 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    I only use it for SD that is letterboxed (window boxed is more accurate i guess).
  9. ejbvt

    ejbvt AllStar

    Aug 14, 2011
    That doesn't work for me. Original is the same as stretch, which I don't understand. I have to use pillar (with the exceptions I described earlier.) Stretching should be banned.
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    This may be due to how your TV handles "Original" format. You may have a setting for 4:3 in your TV that is causing this.
    I have my TV set to zoom 4:3, so when I select original, the TV zooms the letterbox to full screen.
    "It sounds like" your TV is set to "full" [or whatever your TV calls this].
  11. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    I voted never. The only time I use it is during initial setup, then I never touch it again. My boxes are all set to upscale everything to 1080i, and pillarbox SD content. Sometimes if a show is windowboxed (black bars on all 4 sides) I will use my TV's aspect button to zoom in so the 16:9 image fills the whole screen.

    I never use stretch, as I absolutely despise when things are out of proportion like that. It drives me nuts when I go to other peoples houses and they have stuff set up like that. My wife actually has yelled at me a couple times for changing other peoples TV setings to stop stretching (it's their TV they can have it set up however they want).
  12. gslater

    gslater Gone to the Dogs

    Aug 5, 2007
    Every time I watch Doctor Who on BBC America in SD letterboxed, I switch to crop so that I get picture that fills my TV.

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