16:9 wide-screen looks narrow-minded compared to Philips Cinema 21:9 HDTV

16:9 wide-screen looks narrow-minded compared to Philips Cinema 21:9 HDTV

Summary: It's getting harder to make an HDTV that really stands out, but Philips has gone to great lengths (well, widths) with a new set it's recently unveiled. Forgoing the 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratio most new sets have, the Cinema 21:9, a 56-inch LCD, extends to nearly the same ratio as movies shot in the 2.

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It's getting harder to make an HDTV that really stands out, but Philips has gone to great lengths (well, widths) with a new set it's recently unveiled. Forgoing the 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratio most new sets have, the Cinema 21:9, a 56-inch LCD, extends to nearly the same ratio as movies shot in the 2.39:1 format.

For cinema buffs, that's the good news. The bad news is that a Philips spokesperson has confirmed to me today that the set will not be made available in the U.S. According to Engadget, it will be available in select European countries this spring, at a price of £3,000 (or about 3,400 euros).

But the Cinema 21:9 could pave the way for other sets with this aspect ratio to be produced. While that format is perfect for many Hollywood films, there are plenty of video sources that aren't shot in it. Philips says it's using "highly advanced formatting technology" to convert 16:9 sources to fill the 21:9 screen, though how successful that adaptation is will probably determine whether the format will receive mainstream attention or be relegated to curiosity status.

The company promises more details about the set by the end of next month. In the meantime, you can get a brief glimpse of the Cinema 21:9 in this video clip Megawhat.tv made at the set's London launch event.

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  • Watching 4:3 content on it must suck

    (nt)
    voyager529
    • not if you..

      can view two 4:3 contents at the same time
      sfazly
    • RE: Watching 4:3 content on it must suck

      Not really, this TV has an upscaler build-in.
      Gradius2
      • What about 1:85?

        What about the remaining films shot in 1.85 ("flat") format? Not all films are shot in scope (2.39)
        WindowWasher
  • RE: 16:9 wide-screen looks narrow-minded compared to Philips Cinema 21:9 HD

    It's all about the real estate and boy the things I
    would like to do with that extra real estate when
    running in 4:3; have an onscreen channel guide without
    covering over the picture, have supplementary info
    playing on the borders maybe internet content like
    Imdb or chat, maybe widgets. forget stretching and
    squeezing I prefer correct proportions even if it
    means blank space. "If you build it they will fill it
    up"
    trw390
  • RE: 16:9 wide-screen looks narrow-minded compared to Philips Cinema 21:9 HDTV

    Oh, how I'd love one of these TVs.

    Although it's probably high on power demands, which puts me off with most current -large- flat panels.


    Cinemascope is 2.35:1 and not 2.39

    Custard_over_2x_Pie
  • Black Bands

    I really hate black bands on the left/right and top/bottom. Movies are not the only thing I watch, so this would annoy me most of the time.
    djivan@...
    • no bars

      your perspective is off. there arent black bands there, there just isnt any picture there. if you had a narrower tv there wouldnt be any picture there either.
      nipsey russell
  • RE: 16:9 wide-screen looks narrow-minded compared to Philips Cinema 21:9 HD

    and in other news, the Frozbozz LCD Company of
    Wonderland came out with a curved 20 foot wide by
    2 foot high display. How much further will this
    "stretching" of the width be carried?
    arminw
    • How far, you ask?

      Imagine a cookout in your backyard. Kids splashing in the pool. Some friends over to watch the big game...and the whole backside of your house is a HDTV! Of course, to keep from bothering the neighbors, your guests have 7.1 earbuds.

      A guy can dream, can't he?
      Worth2Cents
  • this is a practical joke, right?

    April Fools? A misplaced Onion article? Haha, very funny..
    Htalk
  • 21:9 Why the hell?!

    When it should be called 7:3 >=/ 21:9 is like calling the 4:3, 12:9 instead. Sure if the standard was to make all the ratios with a 9 in the end, but that's not the case!
    21:9... What a stupid, stupid way to write a ratio!!!

    Really cool TV though and I like the 7:3 ratio!
    bojaka
  • About time!

    it"s about time tv look"s great wish they would sell it here in the US .
    mojohojo