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What is the purpose of the 16:9 setting on DirectTV

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Mikey_B, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. Mikey_B

    Mikey_B Member

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    What is the purpose of the 16:9 screen setting on the DirectTV reciever? The screen still needs stretched just like usual.
     
  2. Jed M

    Jed M Well-Known Member

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    If you are watching it on a 16:9 screen it affects the size of the guide and other OSD. Or at least thats what it does on mine.
     
  3. JohnnyG

    JohnnyG Well-Known Member

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    If I remember the story correctly, it's possible to transmit a 16:9 image 'anamorphically' and instruct the receiver on how to do an automatic pan & scan extraction for 4:3 TVs.

    I don't think this feature has ever been used though.
     
  4. Jeff Adams

    Jeff Adams Well-Known Member

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    As far as I know, it does nothing. I have tried it both ways and nothing has changed.
     
  5. Michael TLV

    Michael TLV THX Video Instructor/Calibrator

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    Greetings

    I think DTV used it once long ago for a PPV presentation of Apocalypse Now redux ...

    Regards
     
  6. Cliff Olson

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    It's never done anything on my TV either [​IMG]
     
  7. Craig Woodhall

    Craig Woodhall Well-Known Member

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    I can see a difference on my Hitachi, definately. the 16x9 setting stretchs out the picture to fit a 16:9 tv better. At least on mine it does.

    Craig
     
  8. JohnnyG

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    I thought, perhaps incorrectly, that Mikey_B was referring to a regular DirecTV receiver, not an HD-capble direcTV receiver.
     
  9. Craig Woodhall

    Craig Woodhall Well-Known Member

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    Johnny,

    i was talking about a regular receiver. i bought a new 16:9 tv and when first hooked up to the sat receiver, the 'panorama' mode had very bad stretching on the sides watching Directv. I then remembered the 4:3/16:9 setting on the receiver. After changing to the 16:9 mode, the stretching i was experiencing was WAY less pronounced, a night and day difference. the sat receiver was definately doing something to EVERY channel, almost like it just extended the viewing signal horizontally a bit so I couldn't see stretching on the sides as much anymore. Hope that made sense.

    Craig
     
  10. anthony_b

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    I have a 16:9 set on its way and I also have DIRECTV using a "regular" HUGHES box. Has anyone benefited from using the 16:9 option from this brand of reciever ?
     
  11. Bob Segno

    Bob Segno Well-Known Member

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    Slightly off the subject. I just had direct tv installed last week.Oval dish and 3 lnb's.My problem is, the picture is great, BUT, the center sound for the voice is very,very low.The suround (music) and ambient signals are very loud.I called Direct TV and they don't know why. Any help?
     

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