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Widescreen questions
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Post 1 made on Friday May 14, 1999 at 10:36
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Questions based on ignorance (but, hey isn't that what this is for???)...I understand how widescreen (letterbox) movies are 'compressed' onto 'normal' (4:3) TV screens. My question is, if you have a digital ready TV (16:9 ratio) how do 'normal' non letterboxed movies get displayed on the widescreen TV. Also does anyone have an opinion if it is worth it or not to buy a digital ready TV (without the digital set top box) right now? Does this give a measureably better picture for current video/DVD (non letterboxed)....Thanks for this site!! Steve
OP | Post 2 made on Friday May 14, 1999 at 14:29
Daniel Tonks
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If you have a 16:9 TV any standard programming will look like this:

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with vertical bars on the sides. These bars are normally gray, to promote even burn-in across the whole screen. You can also choose to blow-up the 4:3 picture to fill the whole screen, by losing the top and bottom ,or stretching it.

I don't know about purchasing a Digital-Ready or Digital-Capable TV now, unless you can justify spending the money. The screens are, on a whole, clearer than a traditional TV but you'll probably only see a difference watching 16:9 DVD movies or some other digital service.
OP | Post 3 made on Friday June 18, 1999 at 21:31
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Contrary to the previous reply, almost all (if not all) digital TVs that are in the 16:9 format display a 4:3 original in the 16:9 format, not 4:3.

Most also have a line doubler, so you do not have the usual lines that are seen in a rear projection TC.
OP | Post 4 made on Friday June 18, 1999 at 23:58
Daniel Tonks
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Like I said, "You can also choose to blow-up the 4:3 picture to fill the whole screen". Those sets that have a line doubler will naturally improve the quality of such images. However since something in a full-screen 4:3 image must either be lost or stretched to achieve a 16:9 ratio, not everyone uses that feature - and thus the side bars.
OP | Post 5 made on Tuesday June 22, 1999 at 20:26
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Daniel is correct. And Mitsubishis which are probably the most popular HD ready sets on the market right now, don't have a true line doubler, but instead convert all formats being displayed into 1080i. While very similar to a line doubler, it works a little different and could more than "double" depending on the source viewed. This does remove any visible lines though as Ed said.
OP | Post 6 made on Thursday July 1, 1999 at 10:53
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Thanks for the replies...I ended up getting the Toshiba 65 HD ready and so far I couldn't be happier - pretty awesome picture.

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