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Letterbox I own a sony 40 xbr800 and the black bars in theatre mode 16x9, (I think) are bending in the middle. It does the same thing on the bottom tickers on espn and fox. It does this on dvd's sat and cable with no disernable difference

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Re: Letterbox

Distorted Picture. All wide angle Cathode Ray Tubes have to have magnets around their periphery at the back. They are fixed on metal strips so they can be moved slightly. The effect is to alter the shape of the picture towards the corners. Try this, but remember their original position in case it gives the wrong change in shape (linearity). There are also parts of the circuit which control linearity by altering the shape of the line or frame scan waveform. In your case it is the line scan which needs correction and there should be several adjustable components. In some TVs, the effect the edjustment has is clearly marked by a symbol or word. You may need special tools and be aware of high voltage parts. Unplug the TV while you move a magnet etc.

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If you have a bar at the top of the screen as well then it could be in letterbox viewing mode. Again just go into the Video menu and turn it off.

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First thing to check: could it be aspect ratio - source material is old standard 4x3 format, TV is widescreen 16x9, so it only fills center? If so, the images will look properly proportioned - circles round (not ellipses), people neither unduly fat nor skinny.
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Third: if CRT TV, could be defect in horizontal sweep circuitry, requiring repair shop; decide whether the cost is worth it, vs new TV.

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Why do we have black bars on top and bottom of screen

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