Cisco Explorer 4200HD

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How do I format and select the best picture format and size for my HDTV with my Explorer 4200HD set-top box?
The answers are in the Explorer HDTV Setup Wizard Guide found in the User Guide section of the Explorer eClub.

Why are all my programs displayed in 1080i format?
You may have selected the Easy Setup mode and the Widescreen (16:9) TV setting in the HDTV Setup Wizard. Choosing these two settings together limits your programming to 1080i format, even on non-HD channels. To see your non-HD programs in 480i on a widescreen HDTV, use the Advanced Setup in the Explorer HDTV Setup Wizard. Make sure that you select 480i as one of your saved formats, and then select Pass-Through in General Settings: Picture Format for your default picture format.

Are local TV stations broadcasting in HDTV?
Many local TV stations are transmitting digital signals. However, transmitting a digital signal does not mean transmitting an HDTV signal. Some stations are using the new bandwidth to broadcast several standard-definition channels. Most stations, however, once they begin broadcasting in digital, or offering HD content from their parent network (for example: CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, WB, UPN, and PBS).

Why are some HDTVs 4:3 aspect ratio and others 16:9?
The aspect ratios differ because television manufacturers build both standard and widescreen HDTVs to appeal to consumer viewing preferences. On widescreen HDTVs, the programming is displayed on the full screen. On standard screen HDTVs, the programming is displayed in letterbox format in the middle of the screen (there are bars surrounding the picture).

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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  • Integrated DOCSIS Cable Modem

    Allows subscribers to use interactive services like Video-on-Demand and Subscription Video-on-Demand, as well as Internet access, where available

  • Analog Component HDTV Outputs

    Provides YPbPr outputs for quick and easy connection to most HDTV sets

  • Dual Audio Outputs with Composite Video Output

    Allows simultaneous connection to the audio inputs on the HDTV as well as the audio and video inputs on a VCR

  • AC-3 Digital Audio and MPEG-1 Audio Support

    Supports leading digital audio standards

  • Enhanced Graphics Engine

    Displays up to 65,000 colors simultaneously and enables high-resolution 640 x 480 graphics - including a scaled video image - in the interactive program guide

  • Analog and Digital Service Tuner

    Allows both analog and MPEG-2 digital channels to be tuned and displayed

  • Universal Serial Bus (USB) Interfaces

    Optional front panel USB port and standard back panel USB port allow easy interconnection with home consumer devices, such USB keyboards

  • BTSC/SAP Decoder

    Provides stereo sound on analog channels through the baseband left and right outputs

  • S/PDIF Digital Audio Output

    Supports interconnection with surround sound receivers

  • Integrated VCR Commander Service

    Automates the recording of selected video programs on your VCR; requires IR Blaster Cable

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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The Explorer 4200HD is a high-definition set-top that allows you to:

  • Watch high-definition (HD) programming
  • Watch standard-definition (SD) programming
  • Use video-on-demand and subscription video-on-demand services, where available
  • Browse the Internet, send and receive email and use real-time chat services, where available