I believe every 7 series would have this issue. The Glass that frames the actual picture is clear on the inside. Because it's clear, it transmits whatever picture is touching the edges of the screen. If you are watching something in letterbox, then it will only transmit the letterboxed portion of the picture to the top and the bottom of the tv. If you are watching widescreen, where the aspect ratio is such that you have black bars on the top and bottom of the picture, then you only get that transferrence through the sides of the bezel or glass that the bright portion of the picture is touching the edge of the screen.
The only way that the picture will not be carried out to the outer edges of that glass framing / bezel, would be if the inner portion of that glass framing was coated / treated / blacked out in some manner, that would not allow the picture to enter the glass, and of course, it would not then be able to be carried out to the edges.
The outer edge of the glass framing is bezeled at like a 45 degree angle on the back side of the glass all around the outer edge. I believe this is also why this picture transferring is visible. If the edge of the framing were, say, round, or square, I don't believe it would be so evident. That inward bezel refracts the picture that is transferred through the glass back towards the viewing angle.
So, if what you're telling me is that if I exchange this tv for another 7 series, that I would not have this problem, I'm really not thinking so. Unless I happened (and several others in various forums / reviews) to get a tv that did not have a coating or blocking mechanism of some sort on the portion of the glass framing where it comes up to the actual tv screen.
I have also read some postings where people that have called Samsung have been told that this was a design feature of the tv. Now, whether or not this is true has not been confirmed by me.
I also have not been able to find any information on the Samsung website regarding this issue.
It would have made more sense, to me, if there was some sort of ambient light transmitted through the glass framing, instead of scrolling / moving images, on a very tiny scale, mimicked on the outer edges of the tv.
Anyway, please keep this thread alive. I would really appreciate a more difinitive answer on this matter. I'm sure it would be helpful to others as well.
I personally really appreciate this Samsung forum - this link of customer service between the end user and the company. I also appreciate the time you take to answer questions and help people out.
It's just that this is a pretty high dollar purchase, and for that amount of money, you really want to be totally happy with the product, and this is taking me down to about 60%. The picture is the best I've seen, bar none. The tv is ultra sleek and very cool looking, but I'm just not sure if I can get over this distraction.
Thanks for your time.
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