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Gray bar on bottom of picture when playing dvd

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If only when playing a dvd it is not likely to be a problem with the TV set--have you checked to see if issue when played at another set?

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Unless it says 1.85:1 or 16:9 Anamorphic, you will get the black bars. (Many films on DVD are 2.35:1 or even wider!)

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