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With Contour2 does anyone notice and dislike the TV display when viewing classic shows---for example, the Turner Movie Channel or Twilight Zone? In days long ago, most non-HD shows played poorly on an HDTV. Then it got a whole lot better. For me with my previous Cox cable boxes most older movies or classic shows filled the screen because you often had the choice of accessing some by their HD or non-HD channel - or even if they didn't fill the screen, you could press a button on the remote and make it "zoom" or "stretch" or "normal." Zoom did not give you a "bigger image vertically" or distort the view. It just filled the screen in landscape mode and with no distortion. I have many of those channels now where the display is like a huge square from top to bottom, and blackout columns on either side--in other words you can't make it go landscape. As such, you lose quite a bit of the screen shot horizontally and often the picture is distorted or blurry. Even when the picture is clear, it is chopped off. I've tried changing resolutions on my TV and Contour remotes, but no luck. Just asking if you had this problem and figured out a cure. I'm such a lover of old shows, this is close to a show-stopper for me and the opposite of an "upgrade." Seeing a bigger square version of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland on the screen with one of his arms chopped off by the big square "view" is annoying!!!
It sounds like you're zooming an SD movie. Are you on the correct channel for the HD version of TCM?
Thanks for responding to me. I've done everything you said, Becky. I think I've tried everything. I've spent two days changing the TV video output resolution/aspect ratio on my LG and also everything I could change under Settings on my Contour remote. Are you saying you get TCM full screen? Maybe I've missed something but I've been very obsessed looking!
Thanks, Bruce. I am watching TCM/HD and in my location it is Channel 1040. There is a Ray Milland movie on and the baby in the crib has part of the crib's right side cropped out because of the very square display view. I understand there are many SD channels like the old TV game shows. With those, they were not as great as HD, but I used to be able to enlarge them too with my Scientific Atlanta remote, and no matter what, they were not as blurry as they are now that I've entered Contour land. Thanks again for your suggestion.