Transmission/Technical Information

Why are black bars sometimes still visible on a 16x9 HDTV?

Original HDTV programming is made in the 16x9 (1.78) aspect ratio, which fits the dimensions of HDTVs which are Widescreen. However, many theatrically released films are made in either the 1.85 or 2.35 aspect ratio, which is even wider than the 16x9 (1.78) aspect ratios of HDTVs.

Therefore, when viewing these films on an HDTV (if presented in their original theatrical aspect ratio) - you will see black bars at the top and bottom on your 16x9 screen, because we like to show you the film way it was meant to be seen on the cinema-screen. For upconverted legacy 4x3 programmes , you will sometimes see black bars on the left and right.

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