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Old January 16th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Motorola Droid X2 phone and an Acer Iconia A500. I use the HDMI out to stream Netflix on to my old CRT television. I have a simple digital to analog converter that works great. My question is: Is there a way I can force the output to letterbox on my TV? The images are stretched to fill the 4:3 aspect. It's not bad, but I'd like to watch movies in their original aspect ratio.

Let's avoid snarky comments and suggestions that I enter the 21 century, please. I'd just like to know if there's an app that will adjust this, since I can't adjust it on my TV. I'm not buying a new TV and I'm not getting a Netflix streaming box.


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Hi Sharon welcome to AF.

I don't think the phone itself can do that, and I've never seen an app that enables it. It just assumes you've got a 16:9, or a 16:9 capable TV set. I know some DVD players, and cable/satellite STBs have a switchable aspect ratio feature, for use on 4:3 aspect ratio TVs.

You may be able to get a not so simple HDMI/digital to RCA/analogue adapter that has an aspect ratio correcting/letterboxing feature. Might be easier just to get something like a Roku LT box, they're only $49 bucks I believe. Seen as you're already paying for Netflix.
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