I just got the TV last week and signed up for digital cable. I find out when I get the box that it isn't a HD box and that they need to come out and install it. So I am having them come out to hook the box up. Now my wife doesn't like watching things in a 16:9. With the HD box will everything be in 16:9? Or can the TV display it in 4:3? The box TW uses is the Scientific-Atlanta's Explorer 3100HD. Thanks.
After doing some research, that SA box (3100 HD) that TW uses will be able to decode all HD signals when they are available. These signals will automatically be detected by your XBR and will be shown in the 16:9 enhanced "window." They will be either 1080 interlaced or 720 progressive. (All I can say is that your jaw will drop when you see the PQ! I recently connected my SAT-HD200 sat. receiver, and I am amazed with HD Net's 1080i picture. ) As for most other stations, they should be in 4:3 format for now. However, some local channels of NBC and CBS(among others) are presenting some shows in HD in widescreen format.
Hope this helps. Enjoy!
[ This message was edited by: kmmd on 2003-01-20 17:23 ]
Here's how you fix the problem with the wife. Keep her away from the HDTV part of your system. Attach the svhs output from th back of the explorer and a separate audio feed (assuming you're going digital to a receiver for your audio, if not, just split the l,r analog outputs) to its own input on your tv. YOU can watch HDTV where you've connected the component outputs, for example output 1, and SHE can watch everything in 4:3 on Vid 2, or whatever. It works for me.
Joined: Dec 24, 2002
From: New Berlin, WI
Posted: 2003-01-23 15:35
I have the 3100HD box from TW as well. I'm not sure where your area is or if your situation is the same as mine. However, I suspect it is.
All stations coming through the component outputs will be cropped to a 16:9 format, even if the show being broadcast is 4:3. However, you can use the other outputs to improve the situation. The high definition channels will only output on the component outputs.
Here is how I hooked mine up:
I hooked the component outputs to the HD component inputs of the set and the digital audio output to my receiver which I labeled HD. I use this mode strictly for widescreen HD programming (which is amazing by the way. The playoff game on CBS yesterday was like I was sitting in a skybox in the stadium).
I hooked the SVIDEO output and the RCA audio outputs to a different channel on my receiver (as if it was a completely different device) and labeled it as TV. While this does not give me a digital picture for my locals, it does give me a full size picture.
So, this allows me HD video and digital audio when the programming benefits it.
Joined: Jan 17, 2003
From: mid hudson valley NY
Posted: 2003-01-24 06:27
I also have a scientic atlanta 3100HD hooked up to may 40xbr800, using a s video connection and a composite connection for HD programing. while the hd picture is very good the s video picture is worse with the 3100hd than it was with my old digital cable box, why is that and is there a fix. also someone mentioned watching football on cbs was that on CBShd or could you watch it in hd on regular cbs because they were broadcasting in hd. the reason I ask this is because I don't have cbshd in my area yet. thanx.
Joined: Dec 24, 2002
From: New Berlin, WI
Posted: 2003-01-30 20:00
Re: CBS Playoff game... that was HD.
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