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Widescreen Have a jvc widescreen TV.This set to "full" picture mode. Playing a widescreen dvd; DVP 3020 set up to 16;9 ratio but still has black lines at top and bottom of screen when playing the dvd. Any way that these can be eliminated??

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Unfortunately, a cinema screen is even wider than a widescreen TV. Because of this (in order to keep the original aspect ratio), even with a widescreen TV you still end up with the black bars top and bottom.

Check the aspect ratio of the DVD (Should be printed on the back of the case somewhere).

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!)

Have you got any different picture modes on your TV. I've got a Toshiba and it has something called 'cinema mode' which does eliminate the bars. Unfortunately it does it by zooming in on the picture slightly, so you loose a bit off the side of the picture and the image does get a little grainier.

Hope this helps.

Matt

Posted on Feb 29, 2008

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