Picture Size & Aspect Ratio Settings for TVs

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Widescreen 16:9 HD Signal

KRQE News 13 began broadcasting newscasts in High Definition in 2010. Since then we have presented most of the information and pictures on the screen in a manner designed for the classic, narrow style of sets.

Now that the number of widescreen TV sets in homes is much higher than the classic sets, KRQE News 13 is now presenting its newscasts in a way that uses all of the screen available on the widescreen television sets for the best viewing experience.

This guide will help you set up your TV for widescreen viewing.

4:3 or 16:9?

Televisions and converter boxes come with many picture options, some of them very confusing. One of the most confusing is the aspect ratio – or picture size – of the TV, and how to change that.

To make it even more confusing, cable and satellite TV providers, and even TV translators, often deliver both HD and standard definition (SD) signals to most subscribers. The SD signals may be presented in a couple different ways.

The screen settings guide on the following pages will allow you to customize your viewing experience.

KRQE Facts

  • KRQE has been broadcasting in digital only since June 12, 2009, when the FCC required us to turn off our analog transmitter.
  • KRQE News 13 began presenting the news in HD on August 8th, 2010
  • The aspect ratio is a measure of the width to the height of the screen. For example, a 16:9 screen that is 32 inches wide would be 18 inches tall.

Widescreen Televisions

Normal 16:9 Display

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Received Signal: HD

Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

  • Normal
  • Full
  • 16:9 Widescreen
  • Auto

 

This is a normal display of an HD or widescreen picture.

Zoomed

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Received Signal: HD

Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

  • Zoom
  • Zoom1
  • Zoom2

 

Many viewers zoom in their picture, usually because they watch some 4:3 shows and want to have them full screen without the black bars on the sides. The side effect of zooming is that much of the picture on HD broadcasts is cut off.

To correct this, use one of the picture size or aspect ratio settings above in the Normal 16:9 Display section.

Cropped Edges / Pillars

16by9-Explainer-wx-centercut Received Signal: SD
Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

On Television: On Box:
Normal Pillars
Full 16:9 Pillarbox
16:9 Widescreen Center Cut
Auto

This picture may indicate that you are watching in standard definition (SD). Some providers and some of our own translators are handling the conversion from HD to SD incorrectly. We are working with the providers and on our own translators to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

If you get HD service from your provider, please use that service to watch KRQE News 13 in true HD.

This picture usually requires that either a cable box, a DirecTV or DISH receiver, or a DTV receiver is providing the signal to the TV.

Letterbox


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Received Signal: Either SD or HD
Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

On Television: On Box:
Normal Pillars
Full Auto
16:9 Widescreen
Auto

Similar to the cropped edges above, this indicates that you are watching in standard definition (SD) instead of in HD. If HD is available to you please watch KRQE News 13 in true HD.

If HD is not available, using the Zoom setting for your picture size or aspect ratio will bring the picture full screen – but still in standard definition – on your wide screen TV.

This picture usually requires that either a cable box, a DirecTV or DISH receiver, or a DTV receiver is providing the signal to the TV. This is the standard way that the SD picture should be delivered.

Squeezed

16by9-Explainer-wx-4by3-squeezed Received Signal: HD likely, SD possible
Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

On Television: On Box:
Normal Pillars
Full 16:9 Pillarbox
16:9 Widescreen  Squeeze
Auto

This picture usually requires that either a cable box, a DirecTV or DISH receiver, or a DTV receiver is providing the signal to the TV. In this case the settings can be adjusted to bring the picture full screen on your widescreen TV.

First, make sure that you are tuned to the HD signal. Then, verify that the picture size or aspect ratio settings on you TV are auto, normal, full, 16:9 widescreen, or whatever similar aspect setting your TV set manufacturer provides to bring the HD picture full.

Finally, adjust the aspect or picture size settings on your box to bring the picture out to the edges of the screen.

Classic Televisions

Please note that if you have a classic TV and SD signals only from a service provider, it will be up to your service provider to deliver the correct picture aspect ratio to you.

Letterbox

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Received Signal: SD

Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

  • Auto (preferred)
  • Set by program
  • Letterbox

 

 

 

This is the correct way for KRQE News 13 to be displayed on a classic TV set so that all information is viewable.

Center Cut

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Received Signal: SD

Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

  • Center cut
  • Full Screen

 

 

 

This is the classic way of converting the HD signal to standard definition.

Zoomed

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Received Signal: SD or HD

Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

  • Zoom

 

 

 

 

Zooming of a widescreen formatted signal that has been converted to SD loses a large portion of the picture and creates an almost unwatchable signal.

To correct this, set the picture size or aspect ratio to Auto or Letterbox.

Squeezed Picture

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Received Signal: SD or HD

Picture Size or Aspect Ratio settings:

  • Squeezed
  • Anamorphic

 

 

 

The Squeeze setting is used in very few cases to display widescreen pictures on widescreen televisions that don’t work well with the other settings. It results in very thin people on screen.