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Ok I like to think I am pretty technical. But I have been so confused lately. We just got a new LG Plasma. And we got a HR-20 installed. Had some problems with the install but all is good now. My question is this. I'm paranoid about watching television with the black bars on the side. I'm afraid of burn in. I was watching the Chicago Marathon this weekend for about an hour and you could see the bars after I changed the channel.

So how do I get rid of the bars? If I change the display on the HR's menu from pillar, to crop to stretch the picture no matter what it stays the same. If I change the format on my TV I can't see any of the HR functions like the trick play bar. Is this normal?? Or am I doing something wrong.

Thanks in advance! I've already learned alot and it helped me a lot on my install.
 

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Ok I like to think I am pretty technical. But I have been so confused lately. We just got a new LG Plasma. And we got a HR-20 installed. Had some problems with the install but all is good now. My question is this. I'm paranoid about watching television with the black bars on the side. I'm afraid of burn in. I was watching the Chicago Marathon this weekend for about an hour and you could see the bars after I changed the channel.

So how do I get rid of the bars? If I change the display on the HR's menu from pillar, to crop to stretch the picture no matter what it stays the same. If I change the format on my TV I can't see any of the HR functions like the trick play bar. Is this normal?? Or am I doing something wrong.

Thanks in advance! I've already learned alot and it helped me a lot on my install.
Try to use the best "stretched" setting your TV has when watching non-HD tranmissions (mine is called 4:3 expanded on my Hitachi plasma). I can't see my trick play bar when I stretch a 4:3 image to 16:9 either. Just the way it is. Also, stay away from bars until you've used your set more than 100 hours (or even up to 200), then the burn-in factor goes down. Same with contrast setting. Keep in in the middle or lower for the burn-in period. Also, check forums for people who have your plasma, as they will have a lot of advice on the burn-in period, etc.
 

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Also the locals here in Chicago...

They pre-fill the image on the MPEG-4 HD broadcasts.

They take the 4:3 SD broadcast, and fill it to 16:9 with the black bars

So the HR20 doesn't no any better, and just sees it as a full 16:9
The way around that would be to use the SD version of the channel, and use the stretch mode tstarn was referring too.

Also... After the first 200-300 hours on your plasma... you will be pretty safe.
What you will see 99% of the time after that is Image RENTENTION... all the same symptoms as Burn-In... but without the permanent damage.

If you get some RETENTION of the image on your plasma, flip to a HD broadcast for about 5-10 minutes and it should go away.
 

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I've been experimenting and don't really know what the best setting is either. I think the HD20 does a pretty good job of upscaling the native SD signal (which appears to be 480i. But there's no side-stretch option. So what I've been doing is setting it to 720p pillar, then setting the TV to side stretch that.

But the problem is as mentioned, the play bar and guide, etc become too stretched.

If there were a side stretch option in the HR20, then this wouldn't be an issue - is this on the wish list?
 
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