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Aspect ratio auto switching

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by Robstar, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. Robstar

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    Hi,

    I have a Sony KV28DS60. I like to watch non-widescreen broadcasts in 4:3, so I set the TV up for that in the menu. When I am watching a widescreen broadcast, it will switch correctly into 16:9. When that broadcast ends or I switch to a 4:3 broadcast, the TV insists on switching into Smart, so I have to change it back to 4:3.

    This has only started happening after a firmware upgrade - or so I am told by the dealer who was supposed to be fixing another fault. Has anyone else experienced this? They also think that it might be the broadcaster's fault, but both of these answers don't sound right to me.

    TIA
     
  2. rct

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    I also doubt it's the broadcaster, they only signal for 16:9 and 14:9 (only itv does 14:9 AFAIK) they send no signal for 4:3 at all; so the TV must be "defaulting" to Smart as its preferred choice for unflagged material. Most TVs (as yours used to and my Philips still does) allow you to choose how you wish unflagged material to appear... I also like to view 4:3 as is and would be mighty miffed if I had your problem :rolleyes:

    A fellow Sony owner would be able to shed light (if any) on the firmware question.

    Hope you get it sorted :)
     
  3. Robstar

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    I'm glad you agree with me. He tells me that the broadcaster (like every single broadcaster then :confused: ) is sending it a Smart signal and every TV across the country now has the same problem.

    You would not believe the problem I've had with this dealer and them trying to fix my TV. They've only had it 7 weeks... :suicide:

    Please a Sony owner. Tell me it ain't true!!! :)
     
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    Do you mean LS60?

    Anyway, I have an LS60 and the following works on my set ...

    Make sure "Auto Format" is set to OFF, then when the TV is receiving a 4:3 signal, switch it manually to 4:3 (it's the blue button on my remote). Leave "Auto Format" set to OFF all the time, and it will switch to 4:3 for 4:3 material and 16:9 for widescreen material.

    As far as I can remember, you must do this for every AV channel separately, and possibly also each TV channel.

    I haven't watched analogue TV for ages and I don't have an RF feed into my TV anymore so I can't check this situation out for you unfortunately, but the above works for me for DVDs and digital TV.

    Strangely though, I use this technique to force 4:3 material to always be displayed in Smart mode, as I prefer it like that. With Auto Format set to ON, it would always switch to 4:3 for 4:3 material, which I didn't like. So it's weird if your have Auto Format set to ON and it always switches to Smart - I tried to get it to do that for ages before having to resort to the above approach!
     
  5. Robstar

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    Thanks for the replies chaps. The problem was down to "Auto-Correction" being on. "Auto-Format" is on and if I now set it to 4:3 it switches correctly between 16:9 and 4:3.

    Quite how anyone, especially a dealer, can say that it is being told to go into Smart by the broadcaster is beyond me...
     
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    Golden rule no. 1 - Never trust the dealer.

    It's true at the casino, it's true with other more 'dubious' forms of 'dealer', and it's certainly true here as well :D
     

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