When hooked up to digital cable box aspect ration changes from 4:3 to 16:9
My set is 9 years old and have never had a problem with it until recently...I have had a digital cable box on it for as long as I have owned it...Just recently the aspect ratio started automatically changing to 16:9 on channels...When I eliminate the digital box it goes back to and stays on 4:3..I had the cable company come out and they had never seen this happen before...They switched boxes and the TV was fine for about 2 days and then it automatically switched to 16:9 again. They came back and hooked up a little TV to it and of course it did not switch to the 16:9 ratio,,,they are telling me the problem is with my TV. I called Sony and they tell me there is no way my TV can switch to 16:9 and there is no adjustment for that, and that the problem is with the cable box..The cable company also says it isn't their box. I though of eliminating the box but then I eliminate channels. Does anyone have any ideas what could be happening or what I could do to correct this...
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I also have the same problem with my 36xbr250... same Digital cable box I've had for years. Time Warner took over Adelphia here in NY and this must be part of their switchover. It just started one day. I'll be trying a DVR box/tuner as well in a couple of weeks, but it'd be nice if there was a mod to kill this feature (a switch/screw on one of the internal PCBs would be nice).
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I wonder, does it do this on all programs ?
I notice the same thing on my cable box when some of the wide screen movies are shown.
I know of no adjustment on a Sony that would cause this effect.
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This is caused by aspect ratio. To change you have to go into set up and alter the ratio shown as 9:16 , not sure what ratio you will have . Note som tv's have an auto chaning aspect ration for films ect.
get the onscreen menu up and alter aspect ratio settings
as the ratios are changed you will see the screen change to suit the new ration
it it is a late led type you may have to select the pixel sizes to get the screen size to change
If you set your TV to Auto, then it will try to 'best guess' the correct picture shape based on what's displayed on screen. That's okay in the lab, but in the real world where there's too much changing then it's not so good.
The other thing could be the box and the TV channel you happen to be watching. If you have the box's aspect ratio set wrong i.e. to a different picture shape to the TV, then it will squash or stretch pictures.
Set your box to match the TV shape. The two main choices are Widescreen (16:9) or the old picture shape 4:3
Set your TV on a fixed aspect ratio: Either Widescreen if it is a 16:9 set, or Normal if it is a 4:3 set.
Not sure what your cable box outputs but connect your cable box to a tv and try changing the resolution of your cable box to 1600x900 or less if there is such a setting; the monitor will not display resolutions higher than 1600x900
Please remember all modern Digital Set Top boxes are designed with HD LCD/Plasma TV's in mind. Their default aspect ratio is 16 : 9. The reverse was possible- LCD/Plasma allow you to change their viewing aspect ratio from 16 : 9 to 4:3 ( some models also allow 14:9 ). You will have to return the box if it makes it intolerable for you to watch geometric distortions !!
I just had this problem and got it solved. The issue is that your cable box is likely set to the wrong aspect ratio, so your tv will not be able to display the picture properly without this setting changed. On my cable box(Pace), you need to turn the power off to the cable box using the remote. Then hit the menu button on the remote and a new menu will appear on the screen. Change the aspect ratio to 16:9 and you should be all set. Hope this works for you too.
It sounds like you have the image on the perspective. If you tv is 4:3 aspect ration the video source (cable box, dvd ) must be set for a 4:3. If you have a 16:9 ratio (widescreen) the soutrce should be set to 16:9..................Nevermind, Just looked it up you this TV is 4:3.
Your TV remote will have a button to toggle/change the aspect ratios of the TV. Button could be called picture/aspect/image etc. If you have an HD cable box you need to go into the video setting and chnage the aspect ratio to match the 4:3 tv.
If you need more help, please respond with more deatils.
More information is required to properly troubleshoot this problem. How is your television connected when you are watching HD? Do you have HDMI for this, do you have a satellite or digital cable box? For analogue are you using regular coax antenna (cable TV), or are you going through a cable or satellite box?
This could be related to the aspect ration setting. perhaps you ahve changed your aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3 or some other setting. If you are connected via HDMI, then the digital signal may be "normalizing" your picture during HD, but reverting back to the other setting.
Check you video settings very carefully. HD televisions are very difficult to tweak properly.
Normally, when I see this problem in the customer's home, I find the main culprit to be the cable box.
The remote for the cable box may have a button on it to change the format or picture size. You may have to go into the menu of the cable box to change the format setting.
Hope this helps.