When I hook up my high definition cable box to my Samsung plazma with either an HDMI cable or a Component Cable the high definition chanels all look terrific, but the chanels that aren't high definition are permanently shown in 4:3, and can't be "stretched" with the picture size funtion built into the television. The only way I'm able to "stretch" the picture of chanels that aren't high definition (so they cover the entire screen) is to hook the cable box to the television using standard AV cables, which results in significant degredation of the picture quality when watching a high definition channel. The television instruction manual states that when watching a high defintion channel through an HDMI or Component connection, only 16:9 and 4:3 will work (not panoramic, or either stretch function). But, when a non high definition feed is coming through an HDMI or Component connection, shouldn't I be able to use those features? I'm worried about burn-in if I watch a 4:3 picture for too long on this plazma television
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Examine the back of the your cable box and the back of your
Samsung HDTV. Note which cable jacks are of an identical size and color.
Those are the ones that can be used to connect the two devices. Samsung
HDTVs cluster all the jacks in a single panel near the power cord.
Look at the square rectangular boxes labeled "HDMI In."
These are for high-definition multimedia interface cables--combination
A/V cables that provide the highest possible image and sound clarity.
Look at the back of your cable box for an identical jack labeled "HDMI
Out." If you see one, connect the two jacks using an HDMI cable. If you
don't, you need to use another set of cables to hook up your cable box.
Check for a series of three round jacks labeled "Component
In" and color coded in red, green and blue. These are component video
jacks, which provide a good HD picture, but not as good as HDMI. If your
cable box has an identical set of "Out" jacks, use them to connect the
Look for a pair of red and white jacks (possibly connected
to a yellow one). These are audio RCA jacks. If you're using component
video cables to hook up your cable box, you will need to hook these two
up as well: Component video cables don't provide sound. Any cable box
that uses component video cables should also have "Out" jacks for RCA
Find the raised circular jack with a pinhole in the center
of a milky white plastic interior. This is the coaxial jack. Samsung
HDTVs label them "Ant In." Every cable box should have a corresponding
jack labeled "Out" or "Ant Out." If none of the other cable jacks on the
cable box match, use a length of coaxial cable to connect the TV to the
cable box through these two jacks. You can also use this connection to
hook the TV directly to the wall cable.
Turn on your TV and cable box, and set the TV to the input
jack connected to the cable box. You can do this by pushing the Menu
button on the remote, scrolling down to the "Input" option and pushing
"Enter." That will let you cycle through the various input options,
labeled by cable type (HDMI, component video). Press "Enter" again when
you reach the right component, then exit the menu. You should now be
able to watch TV as normal.
If the picture size isn't changing with the television's picture size adjustment setting there could be a few things going on. Check to see that you're in the right input on the television i.e. if you are connected to a high definition receiver make sure you are not in the tv/tuner input (tv display would say analog channel 3 or 4). Make sure your tv is switched to the high definition input i.e. component 1 hdmi 1 and etc. If you are in the high definition input already check and see that your cable box or satellite tv receiver is set to the proper resolution. For example if you have a 720p television make sure the cable box is set to 720p not 1080i. Last but not least look for the hd zoom # button on the cable remote. The button may also say format or aspect.
Check the setup menus of the Insignia TV, as most sets have an advanced setting hidden deep in the setup menu to use the HDMI cable for sound - OR- use component RCA inputs for sound. My Philips TV has this.
It's odd that this only shows up for SD content...I would see if there is a firmware update available for that from the manufacturer. The one thing that you see lots of firmware fixes for are HDMI issues.
16:9 is the widescreen mode, the other size is 4:3 ratio which is what the game's native size, it is picture boxing by the plazma is showing the size as not to distort the image, to get the full screen picture, but make sure it's not the plazma's setting first - where it selects the size of the image, you may have the streched version on your normal play.
Hi, first of all you need a high definition source. I'm not sure if your cable box is HD but lets take it as an example. The component leads which you are using isn't 'true' HD video quality, what you need is a hdmi cable from your source to your TV.
Your cable box maybe HD with a HDMI output, if it is then you need the lead to come out of the cable box into your tv's HDMI input using a HDMI lead. Then you switch your TV's source to the HDMI input and it then should be producing a HD quality picture, but to truly get the full HD experience you may want to subscripe to a HD channel or purchase a blueray player becasue most cable TV channels are upscaled to HD and the definition is not as good as on a blue ray disc or a true HD channel.
So in conclusion the cable and input you are using is not designed for HD input. I believe your TV is HD, check for HDMI inputs or DVI inputs.
This is a wild guess, but I believe that you are being **** by the movie industry. The HDMI protocol includes a form of DRM (Digital Rights Management) for high resolution content called:
High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection
Basically this means that the media (disk or broadcast) instructs the player (in your case the cable box) to insist that any downstream devices (your TV) is industry and DRM compliant.
Specifically this evil protection scheme is designed to plug the analog hole and make it impossible for you to record or copy the movie by using an analog output from your TV.
This even restricts the size of the TV you can play the movie on,
thus preventing pubs and bars from displaying the content on big screen TVs without paying royalties.
The message means that the manufacturer of your TV has refused to toe the industry line.
1984 Anyone ?
Check the resolution settings on your cable box, you may have to call your cable provider to find out how to get into the settings menu, there is a stretch function in the settings that should make all the lower channels auto fit your screen, also see if there's a p=size button on your remote control, try pushing that when on the channels that have sidebars.