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Our Toshiba HDTV

We purchased a 42" Toshiba 1080P LCD HDTV (42HL167) TV at Best Buy on 3/6/08. We have read the entire manual and are still unhappy with our purchase.

The problems we have are with the picture quality. Most of the channels are blurry and do not come in clear. We have contacted Comcast and they tell us we have the highest quality they offer. We have a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 HD DVR box that they tell us will offer the HD channels in the best quality using a HDMI cable. With this we watch on the HD channels and they are still not clear. What do we need to do or know to get a good picture?

The other issue is that a large part of the picture is outside the frame of the TV. It stinks to watch a game of basketball or other sport and never know the score because it is below the picture shown! Or try to watch a movie or show and only get to see from the nose down on the characters if they are toward the top of the screen!! There is a button to change the picture size however the only options make the picture bigger not smaller. In the manual it talks about the TV showing the picture based upon the signal coming in to the TV, however we have no idea what signal would be coming in. There is also an area to select auto aspect ratio however it does not change anything, whether it is on or off. This is very very very annoying! How can we fix this?

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  • MDMSG May 07, 2008


    Thanks for getting back to us. We will investigate using the line filter or antenna to see if this helps us. We watch all that we can in the HD channels, the picture just does not seem crisp and clear. I expect it to look as good as when we are watching a DVD (DVD pictures are clear and within the confines of the screen, we have no complaints when watching DVDs). Am I just expecting to much?


    We have turned off the auto aspect and it does not seem to make a difference. Certain shows are worse than others, news broadcasts and sports or shows that have words or credits at the bottom of the screen are always cut off.

    The DVR we have will show us on the screen when we are viewing HDTV and 1080i when available.

    What else can we do?

    Thanks so much!

  • Vijayyajiv Oct 20, 2008

    For the video theater settings, for any display mode I put, the picture is cut off on the left and right sides.

  • sej185 Apr 21, 2009

    My Toshiba does the same thing. It didn't always do it though...just recently. I have tried all the stuff mentioned to no avail. If I watch a dvd, the pic size choices are different, but I do see all of what I am supposed to see.

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    Dorothy Fremder May 11, 2010

    Greetings MDMSG,

    This certainly is an odd situation you have described! As far as the clarity, if the cable company is broadcasting in High Definition and you are connected through an HDMI cable, then you should have a clear picture. The only thing that might help to clear up your picture would be a line filter, otherwise known as a power center. This will help clean up the power coming into your television which at times can cause interference.

    Your television is also capable of receiving over the air High Definition signals with an HD antenna. I would be curious to see if you were to get a better or different picture using that option.

    As far as the aspect ratio, I would suggest trying to turn off the auto aspect ratio and see if this helps. You can find further instructions on how to do this on page 52 of your manual or by following this link

    Finally, what happens when you try to watch a dvd? Does the tv still exhibit poor quality and bad aspect ratio?

    Thank you,


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The cable box should also have a way to make the picture larger or smaller, this sounds like it is set to a zoom in setting on the cable box not the tv.  You will have to look at your comcast manual or if you don't have one go online to the cable box manufacturer and see what keys you have to push to get the screen to go back to FULL. 

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Greetings MDMSG,

I really do not have any further advice other than to possibly contact Toshiba and see if they have any information on this problem.

I wish I could be of more help!

Thank you,

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