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Philips to Introduce 'Widescreen' Cinema TV


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#1 OFFLINE   space86

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:52 PM

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.


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on 2:35:1 Movies.

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#2 OFFLINE   space86

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:54 PM

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

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:09 PM

now we can make people look even fatter?

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

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:14 PM

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...

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:18 PM

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
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:06 PM

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


i agree, but it sure would be cool to watch BD's on:lol:
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Posted 25 January 2009 - 05:29 PM

now we can make people look even fatter?

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


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

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 05:41 PM

Scary :)
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#9 OFFLINE   Jason Nipp

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 05:49 PM

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.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:57 AM

now we can make people look even fatter?

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


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

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:13 PM

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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