360 Zooms Widescreen DVDS on 4:3 HD TV

I tried watching DVDs on my 360 through component cables on my HD 4:3 TV, and even though I'm putting in widescreen films, it zooms them to fill the whole screen. This is in direct opposition to playing games, where it letterboxes everything - even BC games which were 4:3 to start.

Has anyone else seen this? I looked all over for an option to display my DVDs in their native format, but it doesn't seem to let me. Thoughts?

Are you looking at options on the TV or the 360's menu?

If you bring up the 360's display while the movie is playing there should be a few options on how you want it to arrange the picture. You might have to click over to the "advanced" bits to get to it. I forget, it's been a while since I watched a regular DVD on my 360.

Thin_J wrote:

Are you looking at options on the TV or the 360's menu?

If you bring up the 360's display while the movie is playing there should be a few options on how you want it to arrange the picture. You might have to click over to the "advanced" bits to get to it. I forget, it's been a while since I watched a regular DVD on my 360.

Under the advanced panel, you can switch between letterbox and zoom - they just look the same. Good thought, though. I'm thinking the Xbox isn't knowing what to do with the 4:3 HD, despite the fact it letterboxes other games like crazy. It puts old Xbox BC games in a little box in the middle of the screen, surrounded by black everywhere. Bah.

Make sure your TV isn't going into a zoom mode of its own.

I had no problem playing widescreen DVDs on my old 4:3 HDTV with a 360.

One important factor to note, though, is that DVDs are being played back in 480p (no upscaling over component), while games are being played in 1080i. The latter is a 16:9 resolution, the former is not. You may need to play with the TV's display modes to get it to display correctly. My old TV "saved" display modes on a resolution-independent basis, so when it would kick over from 1080i to 480p, it would load a different "last remembered" setting.