impulsively bought Panasonic 4:3...need advice

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  1. Daniel Shock

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    I thought, stupidly, that I would be able to watch 16:9 DVD's on this television. However, after having it at home I realize that this is not the case. It will squeeze a 1080i signal to 16:9, but not the 480i that is coming out of my DVD player.

    I have 2 questions that I hope someone here can help me with.

    1. Will a progressive DVD player fix my problem? The manual says that it will squeeze 1080i, but doesn't mention 480p. So, there is a part of me hoping that it WILL. Maybe wishful thinking. But, even if it doesn't a progressvie player might limit the distortion that occurs on such a big screen from the anamorphic downconversion (which is very distracting while watching the opening crawl of Star Wars: EP 1)

    2. The manual seems to indicate that a set top box will up convert 480p to 1080i. Do ALL set top boxes do that (including HDTV cable boxes). My neighborhood is close to getting HDTV cable. I ask because I can then keep the TV and wait for that eventuality to fix my problem. I don't really want to deal with an antennae.

    Part of me is now regretting not going with a 16:9 set because of this issue. The TV, by the way is a 56 inch. DVD's that are full frame or non-amamorphic look fine. I suspect a progressive player would improve them some.

    I truly appreciate any advice and help anyone can offer!!

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Well after agonizing over it for the entire day and not getting any work done, I called Best Buy and asked if I could exchange it for 16:9 tv. I think I will go with a toshiba.

    I'll just have to get used to stretched TV...its worth it if my DVDs look as good as they can look...
     
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    Hey Dan,

    I've done/am doing the same as you. I purchased a Panasonice 36" HDTV 4:3 and decided this week that I wanted a 16:9. Exchanging it for a Mits 46 " HDTV 16:9

    I want a TV for DVD's and HDTV content. I have other TV's in the house for 4:3 standard TV

    Good Luck

    Kevin
     
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    Thanks Kevin, I am much happier having made this decision. I wish I had thought it out more first, but oh well.
     

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