In order to get the full HD experience you should be using HDMI cables. if you're using the white/red/yellow cables then your HD channels will not broadcast in full HD and you'll be stuck with the annoying black things around your screen
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It looks like you are saying standard definition pictures do not cover the screen like HD pictures do. Standard def is formatted 4:3 and high def is 16:9. They are not the same so your high def screen is made to display the not as tall but wider high def picture. In order to fill the screen with the taller and not as wide 4:3 aspect ratio std def picture you must tell the TV to stretch the picture or otherwise fill the screen.The TV will have controls you can exercise for this purpose and you can set it up to always show std def in a particular manner. The alternative, if you want the standard Def picture to look true to form, is to view standard def in Letter Box form. It's appearance will then include black panels on the sides of the picture. So the problem is not with the TV but in accepting older format pictures playing on newer format displays (TVs.)
On your remote there should be a ZOOM button that will strech the screen to full screen it may not be a desirable look but most formats today for HD tv is widescreen format also in your menu system you can change this as well. thanks for using fixya please click the accept button.
i was having problems in the tv menu getting full screen. no matter
what i did there was two black bars on each side of the screen. i have
att u verse so i went into the cable menu to options. In the options
tab i went down to system options then to aspect ratio. in this screen
you get a few options like 4:3 standard definition and 1080i on high
def screen. I chose 1080i high def and then played with the zoom
function on my remote and the problem was solved. hope this helps
Artifacts can be seen on some screens that are trying to present high def color but cannot support the full dynamic color range. You will see this as banding or clustering in people's faces. Some brands handle this much better than others, and less expensive TVs can handle this rather poorly.
In your case, you may find that HD channels look worse than the regular signal channels.
I have a Toshiba 50HP15 PLasma flat screen TV. Its been working tone for 2 years now. All of a sudden without warningm the right 1/3 of tghe picture is missing and is black, where as the other 2/3rd of the picture is great picture and in HD. When I press DISPLAY on the remote control is says FULL 720p. When I press the Picture Size button on the remote the message NOT AVAILABLE come on. Anyone with suggestions. Thanks