Thank you for joining the Sling Answers Forums we appreciate your contribution. In regards to the issue you explained about the tv display in the Slingplayer there are a couple of questions that may help us identify your issue.
1. Are you on www.watch.slingbox.com or using the Legacy Slingplayer?
2. If you are on www.watch.slingbox.com have you attempted to adjust the aspect ratios?
3. Finally, have you attempted to adjust aspect's in the STB?
Here also is an article to factory reset the unit if all these things fail. Also I have included an link to the features of the watch.slingbox.com
The Slingbox Forum Moderation Team
I am using watch.slingbox.com, not the legacy player.
Adjusting the watch.slingbox.com aspect ratios does not fix the problem. It allows me to force a widescreen aspect ratio which fills the screen horizontally, but the black bars still exist at the top and bottom. But when I use the zoom, I can force it to fill the screen, however there seems to be excess pixilation when doing so ... as though it is just simulating a larger picture, which it did not do previously. For what it is worth, it is streaming on my LAN at a very high bitrate but the image does not reflect that quality when zoomed.
The odd thing is that this worked fine for me and for a friend in HK up until a week or two ago.
I am pretty certain it has nothing to do wtih the STB because my Belkin @TV still works fine.