Widescreen TV Question

Discussion in 'Displays' started by David Shiver, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. David Shiver

    David Shiver Extra

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    This may sound stupid, but if I watch widescreen movie on a wide screen TV will I still have the top and bottom black bars? Just curious, still trying to decide to buy either a 16:9 or 4:3 screen TV.
    Thanks
     
  2. Brian Schucher

    Brian Schucher Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2000
    Messages:
    700
    Likes Received:
    0
    You will for movies that are wider than 1.85:1
     
  3. Bryan X

    Bryan X Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2003
    Messages:
    3,469
    Likes Received:
    3
    Go for the 16:9. Any movie from about 1.66 to 1.85 or so will fill your screen completely. The wider movies like 2.35:1 you will still have some black bars although they will be MUCH smaller than what they would be on a 4:3 TV.

    I bought a 53" 16:9 HDTV a few months ago and have no regrets.
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 1999
    Messages:
    16,738
    Likes Received:
    129
    From the Vince Maskeeper-edited HTF Beginners' FAQ, which can be found in the Basics section:

    If I buy a 16:9 TV, will I get rid of black bars forever?

    Those are not "bars"; it's dead space, which results in a letterboxing effect. Films come in a plethora of aspect ratios, from the Academy standard 1.37:1 all the way out to films that are nearly three times as wide as they are tall. How can any single TV aspect ratio accommodate all film aspect ratios perfectly?

    Bottom line: Watch the film and not the letterboxing.
     
  5. Sanjay Gupta

    Sanjay Gupta Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    753
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Sanjay Gupta
    Buy the 16:9 Widescreen, 4:3 TV is dead and obselete.
     

Share This Page