What Are The Advantages Of The Widescreen HDTV?

By: Alex Bradbury


Wide Screen HDTV's have been around for quite awhile. The idea came from wide screen movies which you normally see in the theatre. If it can be done there, why not have the same viewing pleasure at home?

This is why in 1995, the US FCC or Federal Communications Commission set the standard for all wide screen HDTV's to have the 1920 by 1080 pixel format. Such dimensions were not decided on a whim but rather in line with the 16x9 aspect ratio used by most movie producers. In fact, this is also used with the 720p/1080i HDTV broadcasts and widescreen DVDs.

Over the past 2 years, sales of widescreen HDTV's have increased despite its expensive price. Although you can get one for £300, the higher end models which cost £1500 have a lot to offer to the consumer.

One significant difference with the wide screen HDTV's is the enhancement of the letterbox bars which are the black bars on the edge of a TV. With a flick of the remote, you can crop, stretch or zoom a 4:3 display so it will be able to fill the screen.

When this is set to normal, you will see the black bars on both sides of your screen. If you enlarge or zoom what you are watching, these black bars are nowhere to be seen but the downside is that this crops the image in the top and bottom areas. If you want to watch this in the formal which the movie was made, set it on full or wide mode.

The ability of a television that can show the audience how the producer intended it to be viewed is truly the selling point of the widescreen HDTV. This is even if some consumers say that there are drawbacks like the image on the screen may be sometimes smaller and there is a loss of resolution.

But should this discourage you from buying this product? Perhaps but a lot of people will say no because you are still able to watch a movie much better than your regular television.

When you decide to buy a wide screen HDTV, consider the size of TV bases on the resolution. This is because watching a television too close could damage your eyes so see to it that the unit you will purchase has sufficient room in your home so this can be viewed at a safe distance.

For instance, a 50 inch wide screen HDTV should be best viewed at a distance of more than 12 feet from the screen.

Since it is thinner than the regular television, you can turn almost any room in your house into a mini theatre.

Analysts say that widescreen HDTV’s have a bright future as more programs will now be produced in this format. This means although you will spend a bundle getting one right now, it is well worth it if you are always glued to the tube.

So what are you waiting for? If you have the money and the space, you should go out and shop for a wide screen HDTV. There are plenty of brands to choose from so before you pick one, compare the features and benefits of each product and also take into account the price.

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