I love my 40-inch Sony Bravia widescreen TV, but unlike my old 26-inch Sony TV, it does not have a 4:3 setting, only "wide", "zoom", and "smart". So when I watch TV shows on it, the picture is stretched, and all the actors look fat. Especially noticeable with a women who you know has great legs, but they look like bridge pillars!
It bugs me, and I've been through aaaaall the settings, in vain.
Anybody has any idea for a remedy?
The TV can definitely do 4:3, no question there. If it doesn't, then you can safely assume that it is never fed a 4:3 signal.
Look into the player's configuration, it is most likely to be the culprit... If it is set to always output anamorphic, it will certainly do just that!
Thanks, dude. I found the setting deep in the Playstation's video settings.
... man, those black bars are wide! No wonder things are frigging distorted when it's stretched!
I'm pretty sure I did not change that setting from default, and that makes me wonder if most people are so blind that they prefer such a distorted image over some wasted screen space.
... I'll say like David Pogue did: a blog with enough readers can be a great resource for the writer too. I had almost given up getting a good picture on that TV, but I thought I'd try this way just in case.
Update: OK, now I found the right setting on the Sony DVD player too. (One of the modern "upscaling" ones.) I have to say: man, the interface on these devices sucks!! On these two machines they are very different, on one it is text, on the other, mostly small symbols. But in both cases the words or symbols are so abbreviated that you really have to guess what the hell you're looking at. The symbols are worst, but even the text: you have several settings, and one of them is called "normal"... how the hell do I know what the engineers consider "normal" in a video setting which I don't really understand what is?