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Thread: TiVo incorrectly handles resolutions or aspect ratios.

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    TiVo incorrectly handles resolutions or aspect ratios.

    This is a copy of threads on TCF. Though it would be fun to discuss here as well since the percentage of techies are higher. Please see http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/sho....php?p=6983648

    The TiVo HD has the following behavior
    Native video format with Smart Screen ratio display
    Pros -
    4:3 SD content output at 4:3
    HD content output at 16:9
    Cons -
    Some menus in 480i while others in 720p causing resolution switches while navigating menus
    16:9 480i content also output at 4:3. requires TV remote to stretch back to its correct format

    Native video format with 16:9 aspect ratio display
    Pros -
    All menus in 720p
    HD content output at 16:9
    16:9 SD content output at 16:9
    Cons -
    with full mode on TiVo. [b]4:3 SD content output at 16:9[b] which requires the TV remote to shrink the mislabeled video. You then have to unshrink the video when viewing a true 16:9 program
    with panel mode on TiVo. [b]4:3 SD content output at 16:9[b] but has reduced resolution because black bars are sent with the video signal.

    This is a major issue for me because in the past I was able to put my TV remote away and have the display automatically shrink or stretch the displayed image automatically based on aspect ratio. I have three displays which support this. It's extremely handy for watching 16:9 content on a 4:3 display because you don't lose resolution outputting black bars, and on the flipside you can watch 4:3 DVDs (old tv shows) on a 16:9 set with no wasted resolution on black pillars.


    So can anyone tell me how aspect ratio is flagged in a 480i video stream? Is it the resolution, 704 for 4:3 and 720 for 16:9? My reading online seems to point towards something else.
    Last edited by ciper; 01-10-2009 at 09:29 AM.

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