Bars, Bars and More Bars

The first thing I get ask when the new 16:9 HDTV is fired up is, “How do I get rid of those gray bars?” Every new owner of a HDTV has considerable confusion about the pillar boxes that show up when SD 4:3 material is tuned in…

The complete article Bars, Bars and More Bars will delve into this subject.

4 Responses to “Bars, Bars and More Bars”

  1. Daniel Greene Says:

    Thanks for this blog entry. I found it by searching “BT203 gray pillar box” because I recently bought a Panasonic BT203 Blu Ray home theatre system, and it bothered me this evening when I put a DVD of an old movie in the player and the pillar boxes were gray. I didn’t like this, so I searched through the owner’s manual and even tried playing with the settings on my TV. Now that I read your article, though, I understand that the gray pillar boxes are actually designed to save my TV, and I guess I can’t argue with that. Most of the discs we watch are in 16:9 format anyway, so I guess I can live with the occasional gray pillar boxes. Thanks again!

  2. Dennis Says:

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you so much for this explanation. I’m kinda techy guy myself and was looking for in-depth explanation on black bars for a long time. This is by far the best explanation I have found so far. I wish there was more content like this online which is based not just on opinions and thoughts but on facts.


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