Sony kp53hs30 screen is curved at top/bottom when in widescreen
Greetings. Shortly after I bought my kp53hs30 tv, I noticed that when viewing certain direct tv channels, the picture quality, (particularly red, or fleshtones) was pixillated, or would show up in small squares at times, and would look really grainey. I called the service center where I bought the tv, and they sent a tech out. Neither myself nor the tech knew at first that the problem had to do with the compression methods that Direct TV was using at the time. We thought there was something wrong with the tv. The tech made several adjustments. He was able to locate a bulletin describing the compression problem, and how to make adjustments to the tv to compensate for the problem. He fixed that problem, however, in the process, the picture is now curved in slightly at the top and bottom of the screen. I didn't notice this immediately, because at the time, I had always used full screen/480i. Now that I own several wide screen dvd's, and more and more channels now broadcast in widescreen, the curved picture is quite noticeable. It's not horrible, but I would like to correct the problem. Somewhere in the service menu there should be a setting that will adjust the top and bottom curve. What option would it be, and how do I access it? Other than this minor problem, it's been a great tv. THANKS!!!!!
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Just about any tube TV is a 4:3 picture shape and most current TV is 16:9. so there is a compromise to get them to work together. Unless you are viewing retro TV shows, you should adjust your Digital converter so that you have a black band top and bottom (yes you are giving up screen). The alternate is to keep 16:9 and give up left and right sides of the program. Or properly recycle the TV and buy a LCD screen. Even used, smaller ones can be had for 20 bucks. I bought a 32" for 30.
In case I have this wrong and this is a new screen problem, make sure there are no magnets anywhere your TV. They distort. Have you tried back adjustment screws? Use a mirror or have a friend help. Look especially for pincushion adjustment.
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The top and bottom bars are standard widescreen viewing. Your TV should have a zoom feature that you could use to zoom in past the standard 16:9 format. Look for a zoom button on your remote or in the tv setup settings.
I happen to have the same tv brand, size, and problem. The only difference is model. I bought mine black friday 2012 and its got screen problems. Im looking for a solution also to why it has the problem it has. It was working great for the time being until i noticed cloudy white spots around the perimeter edges. I found out its do to a few possibilities. One is the one thats wrong with mine that i believe is dead pixels. My tv doesn\'t look damaged in the screen butt when the image darkens while watching tv u can see it. Its like a bleeding discoloration. Me personally im taking mine back to either get my money back or new tv. From ur breaf description sounds like u have the same issue except yours came that way.if u look at my follows on here u will see pictures of my tv and the issue to my screen. I bought mine from best buy. So i got a thirty day store return warranty plus i purchased a 2 year warranty. So im going back and going to see what they are going to say. I advise u to probably do the same especially if u got warranty. As far as changing ur setting for HD picture quality with ur dish is to go through your menu options on the dish.i use comcast so mine is different butt im sure in a way the maybe might b in somewhat similar. With comcast theres a format button on the front of my box that i can press to change different format quality. If that dont give u what your looking for then see if you turn off your box while tv is on and then press menu on box and see if a user menu pops up if so then u should be able to change quality. You then can program it to be 1080 if ur using hdmi or components. One thing with comcast box is that i can make every channel 1080 bt the regular channels that dont broadcast that quality makes the picture smaller. So then u have to have HD channels to get 19080 quality. Butt u can get a good quality setting still with regular broadcast channels by overriding to 480p or to the best quality its puts out to that channel. Most broadcast channels set out a 480i or a a better HD 480p. Other than that you have to have HD channels and then ur box should automatically format to 1080u quality on the HD dish channels so you dont have to keep changing. Then when change ur channel back to standard broadcast channel it will automatically format to back to 480peither and so one as you change channels. Well hope it all helps and you got what you were looking for.
With Direct TV, you should use the video input (composite video- yellow/picture, red/right stereo, white/left stereo) OR component video- (green/video, blue/video,red/video white/left channel stereo, red/right channel stereo)
the antenna connector should never be used anymore unless connecting an outdoor antenna or VCR.
if one of your input connectors is damaged, it is not likely that is will be repaired without replacing the entire circuit board (expensive!!!). just use a different "input"- there are usually at least 3 on most TV's
The remotes for the TV and Direct TV box are universal remotes that can operate very basic functions for whatever else they are programmed to control. If you can program the TVs remote to operate the Direct TV box it will basically only control power and channel. Maybe something else, but not much. The same goes for the Direct TV remote. It will control basic functions on the TV; power, channel & volume. Best bet would be to purchase a universal remote that can learn functions from the original or just keep both remotes available by the TV.
PIP (Picture In Picture) - Your television should have the capability because it has two built in tuners. It can show two channels at the same time or show one channel and one video source (whatever is connected to the audio/video inputs). However, because you are using DTV (Direct TV) you are very limited because you are not using the built in tuners on your television. You should be able to see one picture from the DTV channel and one from lets say your DVD player. If your DTV box has two tuners built in then you should have the PIP capabilities from your DTV and not your television. I'm guessing your DTV is a single tuner (one satellite cable to your box). If you want to watch two different channels you'll need to either upgrade your box or attach another box to your television.
Option: you could also connect an antenna to your television this way you can use the PIP function. Obviously you'll only be able to view whatever local stations you can get with the antenna. Depending on where you live you might or might not have a lot of channels to choose from.
You could try moving it to the other room to see if the connection is bad. Better than taking to the store just yet. If the picture is still bad at both connections I would just bite the bullet and take it back and exchange it while its free. Hope this helps and let me know if you need more ideas.