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Television Black Box on Screen

There is a big black box that covers 80% of my screen. It just showed up. What is this?

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  • dandreop Nov 17, 2008

    I have the same problem but it only happens when the news or a sports event is on

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Turn OFF cc - closed caption

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

  • jeffmontei Nov 21, 2010

    OK fine, I'd love to. Where is it in the menu?

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