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Philips to Introduce 'Widescreen' Cinema TV

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

  1. space86

    space86 Icon

    May 4, 2007
    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

    space86 Icon

    May 4, 2007
    Almost all the DVD's I own are in the 2:35:1 aspect ratio.
  3. dorfd1

    dorfd1 Icon

    Jul 15, 2008
    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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    Nov 13, 2007
    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

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    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

    dave29 New Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    i agree, but it sure would be cool to watch BD's on:lol:
  7. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    You mean Rachel Ray's backside is going to look even larger then it does now :eek2:
  8. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    Scary :)
  9. Jason Nipp

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

    Jun 10, 2004
    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

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    Now the whole world will look like me Bwaahahhahaha!
  11. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    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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