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Black bar at top of screen

I have a black bar at the top of the screen that cuts off lettering and other channel images. I don't have a problem with Cable HD channels (fills the screen), but for all other channels, there's a black bar.

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Re: black bar at top of screen

Probably your cable box, request another one from your provider

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The TV can display images in four different modes: Wide, Zoom, Panoramic, and Normal. Each mode displays the picture differently. To change the screen aspect ratio:
1. Press the MENU button on the remote.
2. Use the Arrow buttons to highlight the Wide icon. Press OK.
3. Use the Arrow buttons to highlight your desired screen mode and press OK:
• Normal preserves the content's original aspect ratio. Since the 4:3 aspect ratio is not large enough to fill the TV's screen, black bars are added to the left and right of the display image.
• Wide stretches a 4:3 aspect ratio picture to the edges of the screen. Since the picture is being stretched, the display image may appear distorted. If the program is already formatted for widescreen viewing (1.85:1 or 2.35:1), then black bars will appear on the top and bottom of the display image.
• Zoom expands images with black bars to fit the screen.
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If you are watching widescreen (1.85:1 or 2.35:1) content, black bars will still appear on the top and bottom of the display image. This option is only available when the TV is displaying a 480i/480p source.

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I have a 46" flat

IS your image actually being cut off by the black bars? If not this may simply be the way the signal is being transmitted to your TV. One quick way to tell is to check to see if the image is the same on all channels, while watching a DVD, or playing a game. Alternatively, you might look for a Format button on your TV remote. This button may cycle through the picture formats available to your TV. See if pressing this button changes the picture dimensions.

Hope that helps!

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Hi, we have no program listings with channel numbers in top screen also no info bar when you change channels... hope you can help, kev

Hi, are you getting a picture or tv show when you have it in cable or dish? some channels don't give info but most of them should.

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How to zoom in on info

When TVs first appeared, they had an picture ratio of 4:3, which matched that of most movie screens at the time. Terrified of losing their business, movie studios struck back with "widescreen" films using 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 ratios. When widescreen TVs started appearing, they emulated those same ratios, but many TV shows (and some movies) were still in 4:3---and we were eventually left with a bit of a mess. Canny manufacturers, including LG, have solved the problem by allowing you to adjust the picture ratio on the TV to fit the program you're watching. If it's not set properly, however, your image will look distorted or cut off. A quick bit of troubleshooting can fix the problem easily.

  1. Press the "Menu" button on the remote and scroll down to the "Option" title (it should be second from the bottom ). Then select "Aspect Ratio." You should see a list of ratio options. You simply need to pick the one which fits the show you're watching.
  2. Choose the 4:3 ratio for older movies and TV programs. You should see a pair of bars on the left and right side of the screen. (That's okay: the bars keep the program in the same proportion in which it was filmed.)
  3. Select the 16:9 ratio for widescreen movies and for more recent shows to match their longer width. For some movies, you may see black bars and the top and bottom of the screen. Again, that allows the movie to be shown in the manner it was filmed.
  4. Pick "Set By Program" to automatically switch the LG TV between 4:3 and 16:9 to match whatever show is on at the time.
  5. Select "Horizon" to horizontally expand the image onscreen. It will fill the whole screen---eliminating the black bars to the left and the right---but it may look distorted.
  6. Use the "Zoom 1" option to zoom the image forward. That will eliminate the black bars at the top or the bottom of the screen, though you will cut off the edges of the image.
  7. Pick the "Zoom 2" button to select a midway point between "Horizon" and "Zoom 1." The picture is stretched, but not as much as with "Horizon," and fills the screen, but doesn't cut off as much as "Zoom 1."
  8. Use the "Cinema Zoom" button to enlarge the picture to fit the screen. This option allows you to adjust the proportion to your liking, rather than use the set proportions of the other aspect options.
  9. Exit the menu when you are done and watch your programming normally.

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On some channels, the 16:9 channel fills the whole screen (which I want) on othrs, same resolution has grey bars on both sides!! Hate it.

Unfortunately, this has to do with the way each channel is broadcast. Some have gone to 16:9, but some have not (even those in HD--See ESPNHD for one example). Most TVs have a way to "strech" the picture somewhat so you can fill more of the screen, but of course then your image may be distorted. I agree that they grey bars are annoying; I wish they would go to a true black.
Sorry I couldn't be more encouraging. Enjoy your TV!

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