HDTV converter box set up question

irislover7bNovember 19, 2008

I got a Magnavox converter box and had no trouble hooking it up to the tv. I used the set up wizard and wasn't sure which choice to make when I got to "desired display mode". The choices were "Letterbox", "Zoom" or "Full". Letterbox was at the top of the list so I left it there. The instructions didn't explain the differences in them. Was Letterbox the right one, or should I have chosen one of the others?

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It depends on the format of the broadcast, the size of your TV screen, and the distance you watch from.

I watch a 27" tv from about 10 feet away. If the show I am watching is broadcast in Widescreen I watch it in Widescreen mode. If the show is broadcast in 4x3 then I watch it in Full mode.

If your screen is smaller or your viewing distance is further you may want to use full as the image may be too small to comfortably watch it.

I never use Zoom.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 2:08PM
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Thanks. I left it on Letterbox last night and the channel I was watching looked the same as before, except the picture was clearer and it had a narrow black section at the top and bottom of the screen. It's a small tv (maybe about 17" diagonally) and I don't have any idea how the stations are broadcast. I'll try Full tonight to see what it looks like.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 4:44PM
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