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Black rectangle on screen

A black rectangle appears on my TV screen (about 5 in. by 12 in. in size). When I press any button on the remote it disappears for a few seconds and then comes back on again, especially on news programs where we see a lot of subtitles. Sometimes it stays off for the rest of the evening when the TV is on for some time. The following appeared on the screen at one point:
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  • MAKL Dec 18, 2007

    Made sure the close caption setting was off, which it was.

  • MAKL Dec 20, 2007

    I did go to my Menu and reset the Close Caption Setting and so far the black box has not reappeared.

  • sglasner1 Aug 24, 2008

    Black rectangle appears on screen--but only on a particular channel.

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    i have the black rectangle also, not all the time but mostly when watching the fox news chanel. the tv is new & in my camper. if i raise or lower the volume it will disappear for several seconds then reappear. it's happened at every campsite i've been hooked up to cable.

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Usually that is a part of the closed caption settings. If it is set to either T1 or T2 that box will appear ....

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