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Change Aspect Ratio and Resolution for TX

 

Introduction

  • Aspect Ratio is the proportion between the width and height of a TV screen

  • Resolution defines the amount of pixels displayed on the screen

    • 4K (Available on some TiVos)

    • 1080p  (Available on TiVo)

    • 1080i

    • 720p

    • 480i (Standard Definition)

    • i or p refers to the scanning technology

      • i = Interlaced scanning technology. It scans and refreshes even and odd lines separately, but produces very sharp pictures in general when the image is still or has little motion

      • p = Progressive scanning technology (newer). Scans and refreshes all lines at the same time. Progressive scanning produces smoother motion with less blurring. It's perfect for high action movies and sports.
 

 

Resolution Steps




TiVo

    Resolution

      Series 4 TiVos

        TiVo Central | Settings & Messages | Settings | Video | Video Output Format

        • Select all Output Formats compatible with the TV

        • Highlight and select  Continue

        • Press Thumbs Up three times to confirm

        • Press the Live TV button to view programming

       

      Series 5 TiVos

        TiVo Central | Settings & Messages | Audio & Video Settings | Video Resolution
          

        • Select all Output Format(s) compatible with the TV

        • Highlight and select  Continue

        • Press Thumbs Up three times to confirm  

        • Press the Live TV button to view programming

       

      Series 5 TiVo with Experience 4

        TiVo Central | left arrow to Menu | Settings | Audio & Video Settings | Video Resolution

          

        • Choose the highest resolution compatible with the TV

        • Selection is automatically saved; press OK

     

    Aspect Ratio

      Change Aspect Ratio:

        From TiVo Central

        • Series 4 TiVos - go to Settings & Messages | Settings | Video | TV Aspect Ratio

        • Series 5 TiVos - go to Settings & Messages | Audio & Video Settings | TV Aspect Ratio

        • Series 5 TiVos with Experience 4 - Left arrow to Menu | Settings | Audio & Video Settings | TV Aspect Ratio

        • Select 16:9 Widescreen for a widescreen HD TV or 4:3 Classic Screen for a square, SD TV
       

      Aspect Correction Mode:

        From TiVo Central

        • Series 4 TiVos - TiVo Central | Settings & Messages | Settings | Video | Aspect Correction Mode

        • Series 5 TiVos - TiVo Central | Settings & Messages | Audio & Video Settings | Aspect Correction Mode

        • Series 5 TiVos with Experience 4 - TiVo Central |  Left arrow to Menu | Settings | Audio & Video Settings | Aspect Correction Mode

        • Panel: adds letterbox bars or side bars to the picture to fill the screen, keeping the program's original aspect ratio

        • Zoom: enlarges the picture to fit the 16:9 screen without distortion

        • Full: stretches the picture to fill the entire TV screen without adding letterbox bars or side bars

        • This graphic explains the process
 

Passport Boxes

    Easy Setup

      1. With the TV powered on and the box powered off, press the Guide and Info buttons on the converter at the same time

        • This opens the HDTV Setup Wizard

      2. Press A to start the setup

      3. Press A for the Easy Setup option

      4. Press A if you have a 4:3 TV 

      5. Press B if your have a 16:9 TV

      6. The Setup Wizard closes automatically

      7. Press Power on your converter
     

    Advanced Setup

      1. With the TV powered on and the box powered off, press the Guide and Info buttons on the converter at the same time

      2. This opens the HDTV Setup Wizard

      3. Press A to start the setup

      4. Press B for the Advanced Setup option

      5. Press A if you have a 4:3 TV 

      6. Press B if your have a 16:9 TV

      7. Press B again and your converter will start testing formats (420i, 420p, 720i, 720p, 1080i)

        • If you see a black screen do not press Select; press B again to view the next screen format

      8. After saving the picture formats, press Exit to complete the setup

      9. Press Power on your converter
     

    After Converter is Back On...

      1. Press Settings twice to get to the General Settings page

      2. Scroll to Set Picture Format and select the following:

        • Fixed: displays whatever resolutions you selected in the HD Setup Wizard

        • Pass Through: allows non-HD channels to be displayed using their original format

        • Auto HDMI / DVI: if you use HDMI, this option replaces Pass Through option

        • UpConvert 1: all 480i / 480p signals converted to 480p. All 720p / 1080i signals converted to 1080i

        • UpConvert 2:  all 480i / 480p signals converted to 480p. All 720p / 1080i signals converted to 720p

      3. Press A to accept your changes, and C to cancel
     

    Using the Aspect Ratio (# Key) on your remote

 

i-Guide Boxes

    1. With your Set-Top Box on, push the power button on your Set-Top Box to turn it off

    2. Immediately (within one second) press MENU on your remote

    3. The User Settings menu displays on-screen

    4. Highlight TV Type

      • If you have a 16:9 TV, select 16:9

        • Scroll down to the line that reads HDMI/YPbPr or DVI/YPbPr, depending on model - This sets the resolution. 

          • Options are 1080i, 720p, 480p, or 480i. Defaults to 1080i. Choose the highest resolution your TV can get

        • Scroll Down to 4:3 Override to determine how you want your 4:3 programming to show on your 16:9 TV

          • OFF does not override the 4:3 signal, you get what is broadcast

          • 480i displays non-high-definition programs in their original 480i format (black bars on left and right)

          • 480p tries to convert non-high-definition TV program to higher-quality (black bars on left and right)

          • STRETCH automatically stretches 4:3 programming to your 16:9 display


      • If you have a 4:3 TV, select:

        • 4:3 Letterbox - Your TV will adjust a 16:9 program to fit your 4:3 TV

        • 4:3 Pan/Scan - Determines " action area" in 4:3 part of the screen; the rest of the 16:9 picture is lost

    5. Power on your Set-Top Box to return to watching TV


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