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Philips to Introduce 'Widescreen' Cinema TV

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by space86, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. space86

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    Philips later this year plans to introduce a High-Definition TV that has the widest aspect ratio yet, according to an article by Wired.com.

    The set, called the Cinema 21:9, will be a 56-inch LCD HDTV and will deliver the closest proportions yet to a screen in a movie theater. Wired reports that the aspect ratio will be 2:33 to 1, close to the 2.39:1 that many movies are offered.

    Consequently, the Cinema 21:9 would avoid the letterboxing now seen on many high-def sets during a movie playback, even for a Blu-ray disc. However, Wired reports that there are only about 3,000 movies now available with the widescreeen 2.35:1 ratio.

    Philips says the set will be introduced later this year, but did not provide any pricing details or a specific launch date.

    T3, the UK-based site, says Philips is planning to start a web site for the Cinema 21:9 on January 29, presumably to promote its launch in Great Britain, if not elsewhere.


    DVD and Blu-ray movies without the black bars on the top and bottom
    on 2:35:1 Movies.
     
  2. space86

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    Almost all the DVD's I own are in the 2:35:1 aspect ratio.
     
  3. dorfd1

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    now we can make people look even fatter?

    that will happen if directv does not add support for 21:9
     
  4. BattleZone

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    Okay, but Blu-Rays aren't anamorphic, so you'd also need a player that knew how to crop off the hard-coded black bars on your Blu-Ray discs. Or, I suppose, the TV could be designed to do this.

    But I don't expect much success for this TV. Imagine watching 4:3 on it; you'd only be using about half of the screen. Though I suppose with PiP, you could get 2 nearly full 4:3 windows on the screen.

    The 1.77:1 ratio selected for widescreen TVs was selected for good reason: it is the optimum size for the RANGE of aspect ratios in common use.

    On the other hand, options are rarely a bad thing...
     
  5. Steve

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    Since the ratio of TV to DVD viewing in our household is about 95%/5%, a display with that aspect ratio would be a poor choice for us. Just my .02. Others may disagree. /steve
     
  6. dave29

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    i agree, but it sure would be cool to watch BD's on:lol:
     
  7. fluffybear

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    You mean Rachel Ray's backside is going to look even larger then it does now :eek2:
     
  8. davring

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    Scary :)
     
  9. Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

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    I saw the prototype of this display when I worked for the company.

    It's great for cinenamascope, but for the rest of the stuff if leaves a lot of screen unfilled.
     
  10. dodge boy

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    Now the whole world will look like me Bwaahahhahaha!
     
  11. Lord Vader

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    For the love of all that is holy, please let us not see Rosie O'Donnell on the screen if this TV comes to fruition.
     

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