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Politics served up with a smile... And a stilletto.

Published: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:44:56 +0000


By: Arthur

Wed, 14 May 2008 01:29:37 +0000

Not the Geek Squad! Check out - lots of stories about Geek Squad ripoffs on HDTV tuning. Check out your manual - chances are there's a setting to show you a non-stretched out picture. My Panasonic even has a setting that leaves the (SD) picture alone in the middle with extra stretching on the edges that looks pretty good. (because you pay more attention to the middle of the picture, the side distortions aren't so noticeable) We've got a setting like that called "panoramic" - it works very well - really sharpens up the picture. Let me put it this way; I spent a lot of money to get a good TV and if there are things that are not in the manual that can help me get absolutely every cents worth of quality out of the gadget, then I am willing to spend a few hundred bucks to indulge myself. My understanding is that there are tech menus that are only available to service people. I am going to talk to Viszio next week to see if they have a similar service available (from my reading of the brochure that came with the set, they do). I really don't care how does it just as long as I am satisfied that everything that can be done to improve the quality is being done. ed.

By: Mark Soper

Tue, 13 May 2008 14:12:48 +0000

Rick, if you're running Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, be sure to give Windows Media Center a try on your HDTV. It has a very comfortable '10-foot UI', lets you navigate through an play your digital pix, videos, and music, and brings you news, entertainment, and information via its Online Media menu. WMC also includes IPTV (Internet TV) in the TV + Movies menu, and you can add HD-quality IPTV by subscribing to TVTonic (it's free) ( You can connect your laptop to your HDTV via VGA, DVI, or HDMI, depending on the video support your laptop includes. Another source for HDTV IPTV, Adobe Media Player, can run on Windows Vista, XP, or MacOS ( Have fun!

By: eeyore

Mon, 12 May 2008 19:49:17 +0000

As steveegg says, it should be pretty easy to fix your screen. Just look in your manual - probably under something like "Settings" and then under "Picture" or "Screen". It'll give you a menu to toggle thru. It's not worth $30, much less $300, unless you're one of those folks who has an emotional disassembly if the phrase "User's Manual" is uttered.

By: MerlinOS2

Mon, 12 May 2008 19:36:57 +0000

HD is such an old standard from ages ago that finally is seeing the light of day, but a lot of the issue is what you can get away calling HD which is anything that is not SD or standard definition. Several add on video panels stitched around a standard screen right left and bottom and then melded together. The standard came out way before digital was even a gleam. Much of the HD stuff out there is also crippled with no HDMI or equal interface to enable full encryption end to end verification and when they finally demand that a bunch of people are not going to be happy when their HD stuff just plays SD only since it can't do the security handshakes.

By: Fausta

Mon, 12 May 2008 19:12:55 +0000

Congratulations, and wishing you much happiness in your new place!

By: steveegg

Mon, 12 May 2008 01:11:36 +0000

You should be able to change the zoom (aspect ratio) on the non-HD signal. Of couse, you'll have the black bars on either side, but I prefer that to seeing a bunch of out-of-proportion fatheads.