This would probably be a better question to ask on an AV forum, but most of you have probably experienced this and I am hoping that someone has found a cure...
On 16:9 DVD movies, when you play them back on a 4:3 TV, you get the black lines because of the difference in resolution and the fact that they have been produced for widescreen TV's.
I have a 16:9 widescreen TV and I still get the black lines at the top and bottom when playing 16:9 DVD movies.
The only way for me to remove the black lines on DVD movies is to use the zoom function on the TV and this obviously cuts more of the picture than I want, so I miss some of the action and it also seems to stretch the picture slightly.
Does anyone have any ideas on what is happening and how to solve it?
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I am using a PS2 to play my movies and it has the option to output 4:3, 16:9 or FULL and I have tried each one as a test and all continue to display the black lines at the top and bottom of the screen. Also I have tried several DVD's and they all have the same problem. However, when I watch one of the same movies over a freeview broadcast, the movies look perfect with no black lines and the TV is still set to 16:9.