How to Set the TV Aspect Ratio on your DVR
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The TV aspect ratio describes the relationship between the width and height of your TV screen. The aspect ratio of a standard TV is 4:3. For a widescreen TV, it is 16:9.
To set the TV aspect ratio
Roamio Series DVRs
From TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Settings > Video > Aspect Correction Mode
Premiere Series DVRs
From TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Settings > Video > TV Aspect Ratio
From TiVo Central > Messages & Settings > Settings > Video > TV Aspect Ratio
TV aspect ratio options
- Select 16:9 Widescreen if you have a widescreen TV.
- Select 4:3 Standard Screen if your standard TV does not change its display based on the signal it receives.
- Select 4:3 Smart Screen (available on Series3 HD and HD DVRs only) if your 4:3 TV can automatically change its display based on whether it is currently receiving a high definition signal or standard definition signal. (If your TV has this feature, you probably notice that it adds bars to the top and bottom of an HD picture.)
IMPORTANT: You MUST choose this aspect ratio to use the HD menus on a Premiere Series DVR. You must also set the video output format to 720p or higher. For instructions, see Setting the video output format on a TiVo Roamio Series,Premiere Series, or Series3 DVR.
Refer to the manual that came with your TV if you are unsure of the setting you should choose.
NOTE: You can also correct the aspect ratio of individual shows. Go to Changing a Program's Aspect Ratio on a Roamio Series, Premiere Series, or Series3 DVR for more information.