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Display Widescreenmovies properly

11-21-2005, 01:24 AM
Sometimes when I play movies which suppose to support widescreen the picture looks to streched when I'm whatching it on my widescreenTv and on the top and bottom of the picture are still those black frames. It helps when I change it to superwide but the frames are still there eventhough just really small.
So how can I change it to display the entire picture on my TV properly?


11-21-2005, 09:14 AM
Widescreen movies are usually either 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 ratio. Widescreen TVs are 1.77:1, so no matter what you do the movies won't fit quite right. For widescreen DVDs, it's best to use the standard "Zoom" mode. If your movie is 2.35:1 that will leave pretty large bars on the top and bottom still, but if you zoom in more you'll lose picture on the sides and probably distort the picture a bit.

11-21-2005, 10:11 AM
Thanks but hy don't they make TV's in 1.85:1 if most widescreenmovies are in those formats??? That kinda doesn't make sense.

11-21-2005, 08:56 PM
The HDTV spec isn't based on movies since 1.85:1 isn't prevalent. There are also a lot of 2.35:1 movies as well. HDTV is based on the ATSC spec which has alway been 16:9. Bottom line, you will likely see bars when viewing widescreen DVDs...the bars are smaller then those you see in letterbox on a 4:3 TV. Not worth worrying about...get used to it. :)

11-21-2005, 09:44 PM
Just for your informaton, 1.78 and 1.85 is so close (only 4 or 5 lines difference at each side) that you won't probably notice black bars at top and bottom unless you really get close to the TV.

11-21-2005, 11:12 PM
Ok thanks but what's up with shows and channels in HD? Are they all in widescreen cause normal local channels are mostly in 4:3.
How are you watching 4:3? In the normal widescreenmode where everything got streched or superwide where it's more streched vertically? Looks better but some of the bottom and top will be cut out (what I hate as well).

11-22-2005, 07:16 AM
Different TVs have different names for the various stretch modes - what model of TV do you have?

11-22-2005, 10:09 AM
I have Philips 34PW8502.

11-23-2005, 03:26 AM
Is everything broadcastet with HD in widescreen since there are no 4:3 HD-TV (who wants that anyway)?

11-23-2005, 08:43 AM
SkyDiver - Unfortunately I am not familiar with your set but most have several aspect ratio stretch and zoom modes. On my Tosh for watching any 4:3 programming (SD or HD) I use Theaterwide 1 which stretches the edges to fill the screen without stretching the middle too much, it also trims the top and bottom very slightly. Some sets cannot use this mode in HD, only SD.

When 4:3 programming is shown on an HD channel the station adds the black bars to make up the frame to 16:9, so it is broadcast as a full frame 16:9.

11-23-2005, 08:46 AM
Is everything broadcastet with HD in widescreen since there are no 4:3 HD-TV (who wants that anyway)? HD is widescreen by definition, so all HD broadcasts are widescreen, but there ARE 4x3 HD sets. They can display video in HD resolution but they have black bars on the top and bottom. Silly if you ask me, but they could be useful for people who watch 95% SD TV and only watch HD very rarely.