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Re: Picture aspect ratio.

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@GaryFink wrote:

The Roku Express + has analog outputs.


Only the older versions. Model 3910 was the last with analog connections. The latest and current model 3931 is HDMI only.

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Re: Picture aspect ratio.

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Unfortunately, no.

And most of the programming I watch is 4:3 (classic movies and television).

Looks like nothing can be done. 

Thanks.

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@JuliusHMarx wrote:

Unfortunately, no.

And most of the programming I watch is 4:3 (classic movies and television).

Looks like nothing can be done. 

Thanks.


What adapter did you use anyway?

~Jordan

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@GaryFink wrote:

No, actually 4:3 Letterbox is a wider view than 16:9. You get the widest screen when you get those black bars above and below the screen with the picture filled out to the ends.


That is false. “4:3 Letterbox is a wider view than 16:9.” ABSOLUTELY NOT!

4:3 Letterbox letterboxes 16:9 content to a 4:3 signal.

4:3 Pan and Scan crops 16:9 content to a 4:3 signal if they are not only for 16:9 signals.

If you want proof, please visit the manuals about DVD players, Digital converter boxes, and Blu-ray players online.

~Jordan

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I use the Roku Express+. 

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  This is not false those manuals are wrong. when I use a digital to an analog converter box for OTA TV with HDMI output and use the settings Letter Box mode and I get a widescreen with the channels that support widescreen with Black bars on the bottom and the top of the screen and while I'm getting the full-screen width uncropped.  I get the same outcome with Spectrum Cable when I set the cable box to letterbox mode. When I don't use letterbox mode the edges are cropped off and the picture is enlarged.  If you're watching something and you don't see those black bars the very likely the picture is cropped and the picture is enlarged. If you don't believe it then check it out and see for yourself. Get a digital to an analog converter box for OTA TV or a Spectrum TV Cable box and set it to letterbox mode and see for yourself.

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@GaryFink wrote:

  This is not false those manuals are wrong. when I use a digital to an analog converter box for OTA TV with HDMI output and use the settings Letter Box mode and I get a widescreen with the channels that support widescreen with Black bars on the bottom and the top of the screen and while I'm getting the full-screen width uncropped.  I get the same outcome with Spectrum Cable when I set the cable box to letterbox mode. When I don't use letterbox mode the edges are cropped off and the picture is enlarged.  If you're watching something and you don't see those black bars the very likely the picture is cropped and the picture is enlarged. If you don't believe it then check it out and see for yourself. Get a digital to an analog converter box for OTA TV or a Spectrum TV Cable box and set it to letterbox mode and see for yourself.


How nonsensical. You have not provided information that we need to understand, and you are kinda typing like a little kid or something for some reason, which is exactly why I had to report your comment to a Roku moderator. Also, not only are your issues with letterbox and non-letterbox because you are probably using a faulty cable box, you also should not always believe that everyone uses cable service only through Spectrum, which is why some people actually use cable service through other providers (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast/Xfinity, Optimum, etc.).

~Jordan

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@atc98092 wrote:

@GaryFink wrote:

The Roku Express + has analog outputs.


Only the older versions. Model 3910 was the last with analog connections. The latest and current model 3931 is HDMI only.


You are 100% correct. 3910 is the last model to have analog outputs. 3931 only has HDMI.

~Jordan

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