Black bands appear at the edges of the screen.

  • Some wide screen programmes are filmed in aspect ratios that are greater than 16:9 (this is especially common with theatrical releases). Your TV will show these programmes with black bands at the top and bottom of the screen. For more details, check the documentation that came with your DVD (or contact your programme provider).
  • Programmes in 4:3 aspect ratio will have bands on the left and right sides of the screen.
  • Programmes broadcasted in HD formats (720p and 1080i) with 4:3 content will commonly have black bands on the left and right sides of the screen which are added by the broadcaster.
  • [Auto wide] in [Screen] will not expand the picture when the black bands on the sides of the screen are added by the broadcaster. You can manually set [Wide mode] to [Wide zoom] or [Zoom], which will remain in effect until you change the channel/input or manually change the [Wide mode] setting again.
  • Some cable and satellite set-top boxes can also control the size of the picture. If you are using a set-top box, refer to the manufacturer of the set-top box for more information.