Remember if you do watch any 4:3 programming on the new TV, it's in the wrong aspect ratio to fill the screen, so you're going to have to set up the TV for which way you want it to display (it'll be in the options somewhere). See the picture here for visual representation of the various options. All have some sort of drawback, so it will be up to you to figure out which is the least annoying.
Normal mode means the picture will keep the same proportions and none of it will be lost. The downside of this is that you're going to have blank areas on the left and right side of the screen. I know people who very much hate this, because they feel part of their screen is being wasted.
Full mode (called "Stretch evenly" in the picture) means they stretch the image out to fill the whole screen. The downside is this messes with the aspect ratio, so everything has become wider than it used to be.
In Wide Zoom (or "Smart Stretch" or "Stretch evenly") mode, it once again stretches the image to fill the entire screen, but it starts with minimal stretching at the center, and more stretching as you reach the edges. This way the things at the center of the screen look to be pretty much normal proportion. The only problem I've found with this is if you have horizontal text scrolling (as on a sports or news channel), the text appears to scroll faster on the edges than it does in the middle (because of the stretching of that part). Some people find that disconcerting.
In Zoom Mode, it zooms in until the picture fills the entire screen, and it keeps the aspect ratio. The trade-off is that you've lost some part of the top and bottom of the picture. It's kind of like the opposite of "full screen" DVDs: they cut off the left and right to fit the widescreen image on your 4:3 TV, while this cuts off the top and bottom to fit the 4:3 image on your 16:9 TV.
Originally posted by Mr. BoffoUsually for cable companies (and my parents have Dish Network, and I believe this is the same way), the low-definition version is on one channel, and the HD-version is on another channel. I go over to my aunt and uncle's house, and they're watching the low-def channel when the high def is available and I can't understand it. Just used to the old channel numbers, I guess.
AUUUUUUUUUUGH THAT MAKES ME STABBY WITH MY MOTHER
She'll ALWAYS go to the SD channels, rather than the HD ones. I've reprogrammed the favorites, changed the channel to the HD one the nanosecond she lets go of the remote... nothing. Then again, she doesn't use the guide or, hell, the up/down buttons (she will STILL hit channel up/down). Clearly, she's beyond help, right?
EDIT: Speaking of mothers...
Originally posted by Mr. BoffoIn Wide Zoom (or "Smart Stretch" or "Stretch evenly") mode, it once again stretches the image to fill the entire screen, but it starts with minimal stretching at the center, and more stretching as you reach the edges. This way the things at the center of the screen look to be pretty much normal proportion. The only problem I've found with this is if you have horizontal text scrolling (as on a sports or news channel), the text appears to scroll faster on the edges than it does in the middle (because of the stretching of that part). Some people find that disconcerting.
My girlfriend's mother has her TV on that, and it threw me off despite not being all that poorly-done. Couldn't find a way to change it, either. (grumble grumble)
(edited by drjayphd on 30.11.09 1853)
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when you upgrade with DTV to HD it costs 10 bucks more a month. My suggestion is get the DVR box too and pay and extra (I cannot recall if it is $5 or $10).
HDMI cables between the box and the TV (my installer put them in). You need a new dish too. And make sure they put on the setting that ONLY shows you the HD when HD and SD are available. My first month I didn't have that set and I was ticked. When I saw that, I was happy.
another thing, if you get the DVR box, hook it up to your house network. As far as I know, you have to do it with an ethernet cable, but then you can
1. Transfer shows to your PC so you can cut DVDs 2. do DirectTV On Demand. (that is a pretty sweet feature)
(edited by AWArulz on 30.11.09 2049)
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I've had my Vizio for a little over a year now and we love it. When we first bought it , by boyfriend did some research and found out that since Vizio was a relatively new company, they decided to hit up Wall-marts and big box retailers to get a wider presence in the market and it has worked! They are fantastic TV's at a lower price.