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Tries tv unplug,replug it back like about an hour later.All ur tv setting will be resetting,tv should work in full screen again.Unplug,replug the cable box back like an hour too,if this tv it hook up to a cable box.
If you are watching widescreen format movie or tv programming on a non-widescreen tv, that is how it will appear. The widescreen is a wider picture so to show it on a less wide screen, it has to shrink down to fit. and leave blank space top and botton.
on the frount you should have ch up , ch down,
same for volume , and menu. press menu
and scroll down to VIDEO or SET UP
try one of thoes sub menu will have FORMAT
4:3 - 16:9 seting its a little differant on
on same make diferant models , you may
have to do a little hunting to find the setting
Originally when 16:9 TVs were produced movies were being shot in 16:9 so that you had a full screen. Now they are being shot in 14:9 as it gives you a more cinematic experience. This is due to the fact that colours look more vibrant when they are placed against a colourless/lightless surface (such as a black panel) as for the bars on the side of the screen LuciferStarr is correct; it depends on the format in which the video was originally produced. For example most older television shows are still shown in 4:3 but newer shows and movies are produced in the widescreen format.
I have this set also.. When you set up for an HD signal (1080i) it is broadcast in 16:9 which is a widescreen format. The Sony set is a 4:3 format (more of a square shape) which means the black bars at the top and bottom appear so that you get the widescreen 16:9 format to appear.
This is one of the main negatives I have about this set, however, I can't really complain as I have had it for 6 years and it works great.
I never knew about the other format until I got an HD receiver from my satellite dish provider last year. Hope that helps explain it for you..