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?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
50" dlp tv
Here is a picture of the whole part...
Best and thinnest flat screen wall mountable tv less than 20" high?
I am so out of my depth here. I would greatly appreciate...
home stero using XM radio
i am building our retirement home and have installed...
OTA, I'm Back
I got rid of cable and now am using a converterbox...
modem switch, ethernets, and extension cables
Hi, I'm hoping someone can steer me in the right direction....
Sponsored Products
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Feizy Rugs Saphir Azar Dark Chocolate/Multi 2 ft. 6
Home Depot
Standard Furniture Woodmont 8 Piece Leg Dining Room Set w/ Arm Chairs
Beyond Stores
Penn Plax Treasure Chest Aquarium Decor - Small - RR707
$14.99 | Hayneedle
Fine Art Lamps Warwickshire 612681ST Outdoor Wall Light
$672.00 | LuxeDecor
Englehorn Chrome and Optic Crystal Two Light Bathroom Vanity Fixture
$112.70 | Bellacor
Laurent Polished Nickel Three-Light Inverted Pendant
$220.00 | Bellacor
Playa Counter Stool by Domitalia
$292.32 | Lumens
Pink Lorelai Stripe Quilt Set
$69.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™