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Old 10-13-2008, 05:55 AM   #1
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I have a new Samsung BD 2550 player and a Sony 42 inch wide LCD screen. They are connected by an HDMI cable. When playing a Blu Ray DVD the image does not fill the screen. Is this correct? The player and the screen are set at the correct aspect ratio...I think.
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I have a new Samsung BD 2550 player and a Sony 42 inch wide LCD screen. They are connected by an HDMI cable. When playing a Blu Ray DVD the image does not fill the screen. Is this correct? The player and the screen are set at the correct aspect ratio...I think.
It should fill the screen for all Blu-ray discs at the same aspect ratio as your display. This means, all 16x9 (1.77:1) OAR (original aspect ratio) programming will fill the screen exactly. OAR means ratio of width to height. Blu-ray almost always presents the program in OAR so if the movie is 2.35:1 expect pretty big black bars at the top and bottom. If the program is 1.33:1, expect big bars on the sides. So anything greater than 1.77:1, black bars on the top and bottom and anything less than 1.77:1, black bars on the sides. The size of the bars vary and get larger as the difference between the actual aspect ratio and 1.77 increases. This is the way we want this to be, if you disagree, trust me on this please.

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Hamman, Chris explained the reason your screen may not be completly filled-- I just wanted to add that there is no such thing as a "Blu Ray DVD"; as Chris indicated these are Blu Ray discs-- not DVDs. (a minor point for sure)
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Hamman, Chris explained the reason your screen may not be completly filled-- I just wanted to add that there is no such thing as a "Blu Ray DVD"; as Chris indicated these are Blu Ray discs-- not DVDs. (a minor point for sure)
Of course you are right, but I am afraid Blu-ray DVD is becoming popular with some retailers and some consumers so I just accept it and try to focus on issues that I might be able to help with.

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It should fill the screen for all Blu-ray discs at the same aspect ratio as your display. This means, all 16x9 (1.77:1) OAR (original aspect ratio) programming will fill the screen exactly. OAR means ratio of width to height. Blu-ray almost always presents the program in OAR so if the movie is 2.35:1 expect pretty big black bars at the top and bottom. If the program is 1.33:1, expect big bars on the sides. So anything greater than 1.77:1, black bars on the top and bottom and anything less than 1.77:1, black bars on the sides. The size of the bars vary and get larger as the difference between the actual aspect ratio and 1.77 increases. This is the way we want this to be, if you disagree, trust me on this please.

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It's actually 1:78:1, but you were relatively close for the rest of your description.
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