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MLB Extra Innings

I just subscribed to the extra innings package and I noticed the tv picture is not using the full screen. Is there any way I do away with black bars at top & bottom of the screen?

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Re: MLB Extra Innings


@QsbyAlexwrote:

I just subscribed to the extra innings package and I noticed the tv picture is not using the full screen. Is there any way I do away with black bars at top & bottom of the screen?


Hello,

The following assumes that you already have an HD set and an HD cable box correctly hooked up via HDMI or Component Cables to receive HD, if you don't have both, you will see the black bars on ALL MLB Extra Innings stations that transmit in HD:

 

Additionally, some  of the MLB channels may not be broadcasting in high definition, which would explain the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.  It depends on your area and your cable box.  How old is your cable box?  The older boxes, ( Approximately more than six years) use MPG-2 technology.  If your division uses those boxes and technology, you will only get the first two of the MLB Extra Innings channels in HD and black bars on all the others. The remaining channels will be in SD, showing the black bars.  If you have a box that supports MPG-4 technology, you will get more of the channels in HD.  Probably all of the games in HD.

 

Boxes that run MPG-2 technology: (SA Scientific Atlantic, often Motorola and Pace models.)

 

Boxes that rin MPG- 4 technology: ( Arris, Cisco/Techicolor, Samsung models.)

 

What is your city, state, and zip code?  If you provide that, one of the mods could investigate whether you're Spectrum area is running MPG-2 or MPG-4 technology.  Contact them via PM @Forums_Help with your account information.  Ask if your area is running MPG-2 or MPG-4 technology.  If you are an MPG-2 area, a newer box will not bring more HD channels to MLB Extra Innings.  (It will typically be only the first two MLB channels that will be in HD with no sidebars.)  If you are an MPG-4 area, than you would need an Arris, Cisco, or Samsing box, to get many more, if not all of the games on MLB Extra Innings in HD.

 

Most areas should be MPG-4 ready, If your division is, and you subscribe to MLB  Extra Innings, or any one of the Seasonal Sports Packages, I would recommend strongly that you upgrade to a hardware capable box that runs MPG-4 technology so that you can have the full true HD sports package experience.

 

Satch

 

Spectator

Re: MLB Extra Innings

I am looking to buy the baseball package but want to be sure of the HD channels.  I have a new Cisco box.  Not sure how to PM the mod so I called Spectrum and asked about MPG-4.  They had no idea what I was talking about. Any suggestions?  I’m in Columbus OH 43235. Thanks

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Re: MLB Extra Innings


@GregNwrote:

I am looking to buy the baseball package but want to be sure of the HD channels.  I have a new Cisco box.  Not sure how to PM the mod so I called Spectrum and asked about MPG-4.  They had no idea what I was talking about. Any suggestions?  I’m in Columbus OH 43235. Thanks


Greg,

 

You should be fine.  You have a modern box and I am in Wisconsin.  Midwest areas are up-to-date.  To PM a mod, just click on the link that I have in this thread, state your issue and account information.  But you shouldn't need to do that for this.  BTW the other way to contact the mod Help team is just to send a private message and type  the blue  link @Forums_Help in the "To" box.  You have an up-to-date box and area.

 

Satch

Spectrum Employee

Re: MLB Extra Innings

It comes down to what quality is being broadcast. Out of Market games will, very often, come in on an SD feed instead.

If you want, you can press the # button on your remote right under the number 9. This will adjust the display, and typically either Stretch or Zoom will adjust out of the black bars: although this won't improve the quality of the broadcast if it's only coming through in SD.

Rookie

Re: MLB Extra Innings

I’m not buying the line about it being what quality is being broadcast. All MLB Extra Innings games are in HD on Directv. I’m not happy about Spectrum carrying them only in HD.