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Old 03-04-2023, 08:55 PM   #1
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TV doesn't show all letters on Wheel of Fortune

We enjoy Wheel of Fortune while eating supper in the evening but our 32" TV doesn't show letters on the left and/or right border of the screen on long words.

Have tried all the adjustments I can find but no change in size of picture. What size TV does it take to show the complete picture as it is broadcast? The is the only program it is noticible on.
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Old 03-04-2023, 09:08 PM   #2
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Not knowing what brand or model tv you have…
There should be an aspect ratio setting (aka picture size) either on the remote control or within your settings menu. Settings/display/picture/size.
If that doesn’t work, I’d like to buy a new TV Pat.
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Old 03-05-2023, 08:17 AM   #3
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If you’re using a Dish Wally you might look at the Wally tv menu controls.
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Old 03-05-2023, 08:47 AM   #4
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As Alpine36 said, different TV's have different adjustments. My LG has options to stretch the signal screen to fit the display screen. It can also hold the aspect ratio and stretch only one dimension to fit.

That said, if you are receiving cable, dish, or other service, that service may be cutting off some of the picture.

I use OTA (Over The Air). I get perfect HD pictures, all the time, on all channels.
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As a suggestion, try making the adjustments when watching either the Weather Channel or ESPN. Both use every bit of screen real estate making adjustments accurate.

As others have said - you need to find the menu on your TV that adjusts screen size (usually choosing between zoom, stretch, movie, etc.). If you're watching via a Wally then you will find a screen adjustment menu for your display where you have to stretch/shrink the screen size to properly position circles in each corner.

Obviously more information about your set up would be helpful - make of TV, source (antenna, cable, satellite, etc.).
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A digital TV with a 16:9 format screen using a broadcast signal with a 16:9 aspect ratio should show the full picture, without any of the picture cut off. The TV size should not matter. When a signal is not in a 16:9 aspect ratio, like an older program with a 4:3 aspect ratio or a movie in a different aspect ratio, the TV gives you options on how to handle it. That is where the trouble usually starts.

Many TV's have a "display setting" or an "aspect ratio setting". Most default to "auto". Other choices may include full, stretch, crop, where the picture is modified to fit the 16:9 screen. Hopefully one option does not modify the signal. On my LG OLED under the Picture menu, Aspect Ratio Settings, I can select "original", and a Scan setting that can be turned off. On my Hisense LED TV, under Menu/Display Mode, I can select "Unscaled".

My old Panasonic plasma monitor actually had settings where I could scale the picture and center it manually.

Old tube style TV's used overscan to make sure the picture fit the screen. This would stretch the picture to make sure the whole screen was filled, to the point of cutting off the edges of the actual picture. But those edges were not typically filled with important images. Now with scrolling tickers on sports and news (or Vanna), that could be a problem. But should not be an issue with digital TV's.

TV calibration disks usually have a test pattern that will check for overscan, cutting off the picture on the edges.
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I would suspect you are watching a 1080 HD quality broadcast over a 480 SD cable system. That would explain the picture distortion and the fact that nothing you've done has corrected the picture. Until such time as you are able to receive 1080 HD picture quality I'm afraid nothing will help.
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Want to see more letters, you need to buy a vowel!
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Old 03-20-2023, 08:18 PM   #10
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My TV is a 32" Samsung flat screen. It has 4 settings for the picture size: 4:3, 16:9, Zoom1, and Zoom 2. I generally watch TV on the 16:9 as any of the others show the same amount of picture but in different size.

Appreciate all the help so guess I'll have to be satisfied with not being able to solve the Wheel of Fortune long words. Oh well, I don't win anything anyway.

Thanks again, makes me feel better knowing theres nothing I can do.
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Dish also have a zoom feature that can be accidentally hit. I believe the star button will scroll you through them. Direct tv may also have something similar.
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If your on Dish Network use the page up and down buttons on the remote to change picture size.
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We're on the local cable company. I have Directv in the motorhome, sure wish i had it at home too. Can't figure out how to handle it though without having 2 separate accounts.
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We're on the local cable company. I have Directv in the motorhome, sure wish i had it at home too. Can't figure out how to handle it though without having 2 separate accounts.
Can't you run the cable from the MH to the house and put the receiver in the house to use DTV at home? It's been a long time since I had DTV but at the time you just needed a good RG-6 cable to get from Point A to Point B. Depending on the distance you might need a cable with less loss (perhaps RG11). Maybe they use a different cable now or more than one, but it IMO shouldn't be that hard to figure out.
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