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vbasic asked in Consumer ElectronicsTVs · 1 decade ago

Where can a find a Super Wide or Ultra-Wide Wide screen TV?

Do they sell 'wider' screen TVs, wider than 16:9?

On my wide screen TV, I see the the black bars signifying a super wide aspect ratio even on network broadcasts, It's even noticeable on sports games. It's also noticeable on some DVDs filmed in SuperScope or an ultra-wide aspect ratio, such as the Star Wars movies. It would be nice for our TVs to be that wide. It would feel like we were really at a movie theatre if they had super wide TVs. So are TV manufacturers planning on making them or do they already sell them?

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  • JAS
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    1 decade ago
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    First, I would like to preface my answer with the following:

    In 1984 the Working Group on High Definition Electronic Production from the Society of Motion Picture and Theater Engineers (SMPTE) established the 16:9 (or 1.77:1) aspect ratio as the standard for future High Definition Electronic (Video) Production. The standard was intended to specify the aspect ratio for shooting HD video for ELECTRONIC PRODUCTION; it was NOT intended to specify an aspect ratio for future HD displays.

    The 16:9 aspect ratio was chosen because it comes closest to providing the best video image shape that minimizes the average area loss for film and video image shapes between 4:3 and 2.39:1. Also, the 16:9 aspect ratio is “close to the linear (1.76:1) and geometric (1.75:1) means of the world’s most popular theatrical projection aspect ratios (1.66:1 and 1.85:1).” It is interesting to note the mathematical relationship between the 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios and the CinemaScope (or ‘Scope) film format, i.e., 4:3 × 4:3 × 4:3 = 16:9 × 4:3 = 64:27 ≈ 2.37:1; extremely close to the original 2.39:1 aspect ratio of the CinemaScope film format.

    Throughout the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service (ACATS) DTV standards process the professional cinematographer community vehemently voiced displeasure with the proposal to adopt the 16:9 aspect ratio as the only aspect ratio to be specified for HD content. Cinematographers petitioned for an aspect ratio of no less than 2:1 or that it should at least be offered as an option, however in the end their pleas fell on deaf ears.

    Now, to answer your question…

    Currently the only way a person can display motion picture content in its original film format, e.g., common Flat Aperture (1.85:1) and CinemaScope (2.39:1), is to use a projection system. For home theater applications consumers can purchase an anamorphic, constant image height front projection system, either turnkey or assembled from individually selected components, including an electronically controlled masking system. Depending on the specific equipment, a consumer should be able to easily assemble a very basic “2.35:1” constant image height projection system for less than US$8000, approximately. (Please see my replies to the Y!A questions listed below for more information.)

    It is my expectation that in the near future AMOLED technology will make it technologically and economically feasible for display manufacturers to produce DIRECT-VIEW high definition displays with a screen aspect ratio that is wider than the present 16:9 HD displays.

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    I’m looking for a new HDTV, I wanted an LCD, but I want a TV larger than 60 inches. What do you recommend?


    Looking to build a two movie theatre - any suggestions on where to start?



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  • 4 years ago

    The # 1 answer is right on the money!!!! It sounds to me like this TV is not a HDTV model, and after 15+ yrs in electronics I have never heard of that brand name!!!! Stick with reputable brand names or play russian roullette with your cash. As for the contrast ratio, the number means nothing. Every manufacturer has a different way of measuring it and most sets would not get to half the rating. Contrast ratio and stereo wattage, two numbers that mean absolutely squat!!!!! Good luck on your purchase

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can try Best Buy, Big Lots, or online. Those options probably have the best choices.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you could find it at any big electronic company. for example like Best buy

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    craig list

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