Wide Screen Tv

Written by Adam Blau
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With the rampant proliferation of DVD technology and the coming onset of HDTV standards in broadcast programming, the benefits of a wide screen TV are multiplying daily. All the major television manufacturers are competing in the wide screen TV market, and there are a variety of sets that suit the needs of every level of home theater enthusiast. The wide screen TV is quickly becoming the new standard for televisions in the home.

Benefits of the Wide Screen TV

The screens on conventional television sets measure a 4:3 size ratio. That is, they are 1.33 times wider than they are tall. Most films in recent years are shot at a much wider ratio than this, allowing for more action and viewing space on either side of the screen. Because of this phenomenon, films are often cropped when displayed on conventional sets.

A wide screen TV allows you to view a film as it was originally intended to be shown. These screens mimic the dimensions of a movie theater screen, thereby allowing the information and images on the sides of the screen to remain intact. The wide screen TV is a must for movie buffs who wish to avoid the "pan and scan" nature of cropped frames.

Most recent HDTV channels are broadcasting in a wide screen format. With the complete conversion of all broadcast programming to HDTV expected in the next few years, those people with a wide screen TV will be able to take full advantage of the benefits of the format. In both prerecorded and broadcast media, wide screen TVs are clearly the way of the future.


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