Philips to promote widescreen over 4:3 TV

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  1. Andrew Hintz

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    In clicking the link to win a Philips DVD recorder on this site, I noticed a "digital widescreen - see what you've been missing" button on the Philips website. Clicking it brings you to a great website (http://www.widescreen.philips.com) on the virtues of widescreen, and of course Philips widescreen TVs. [​IMG] According to the site, Philips is teaming with Martin Scorsese to launch a "'see what you've been missing' global educational campaign designed to provide the public at large with a clearer understanding of widescreen formatted television (16:9), and to promote the viewing of widescreen versus the standard 4:3 format television set." With the calls on this board to start educating the consumers, it looks like the CE companies may be out best friends in this fight.
    --Andrew
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    I love the tagline:

    "Television Formatted To Fit Your Movie"

    Phillips is great for doing this.
     
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    Great news! Let's just hope they stick to it and that others follow suit.
     
  6. John J Nelson

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    It does stress several times that 16:9 TV means no more black bars. We all know that's not the case, with easily 50% of films being shot in 2.35:1...

    -- J.
     
  7. Lars Vermundsberget

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    If they say "no more black bars", that could become a problem.

    As long as movies have different OARs and TV sets have fixed ARs (4:3 OR 16:9), there is obviously going to be EITHER black bars OR some sort of distortion to the picture some times. That is after all the important message.
     
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    Where's my credit card - does Philips make good widescreen sets? [​IMG]
     
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    Hi Philip in the UK Philips is one of the top sellers of widescreen TV's and yes they are very good indeed.

    Widescree TV's in the UK I believe outsell 4:3 sets. I would apreciate if someone could confirm this.

    Lance UK
     
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    This is great news. I hope that other manufacturers will get in line and start promoting this as "The Way it should be".
     
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    Yeah, they should be careful about the "no black bars" assertion.
    Otherwise, [​IMG][​IMG]
    Now to make a Philips purchase...
     
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    I was just at cnnsi.com and a Philips pop-up ad came up promoting widescreen! It let you sample the look of "standard" vs "widescreen" for three sports: golf, football, and basketball. I have screen shots of the basketball one, but no website to post them on.
     
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    If you look at regular TV or old movies, you ARE going to get black bars. But at the side.
     
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    I hate to be the party pooper, but this "campaign" Phillips is talking about has been around for at least 2 years. When they first launched the site, they were also giving away a free copy of the book "DTV for Dummies" for about 6 months, then yanked the offer. I know of no one who actually got the book. I, too, was just as excited to read about this when I did, but the more I checked around about it , and the more often I checked back, the more I realized that it's mostly lip service and marketing. However, I'd love to be proved wrong and have them do a 180 and get something going ....

    Matt
     
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    Oh, crap! Their direct view widescreen TVs don't seem to be available in Canada! And there's a 30" model that might have suited my needs perfectly! Bummer! [​IMG]
     
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