How to Adjust a TV to View Wide Screen With Non HD Channels

Enjoying high-definition television is one of the benefits that comes with a new HDTV, but all channels don't broadcast in HD, leaving the wide-screen real estate on your television to be occupied by those unsightly black bars. This guide will show you how to adjust your television's aspect ratio so that non-HD channels utilize the entire screen.

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Adjusting the Picture on YourTtelevision

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Power on your television and tune in to a non-HD channel. If you have cable or satellite service, these channels are usually listed separately and easily identifiable from their HD counterparts.

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Locate the "P.Size," "Picture Zoom," "HD Zoom" or similar button on your television's remote control.

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Press the button and note the television's display as it cycles through the different options for your television. The television usually cycles through 4:3, 16:9, Zoom 1 and Zoom 2 and is different depending on the make and model of your television. This is essentially changing the aspect ratio for your non-HD channels.

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Leave the television on the setting for 16:9. This will convert all images received by your television into the wide-screen format if the channel does not broadcast in HD.