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Old 07-16-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Am I the only person that does not see the appeal of wide screen TV's, with a picture that makes people look like distorted, fat elves? I really don't find the picture to be all that great for the non HDTV channels as well. Am I missing something?
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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If the picture is distorted it's because the image has been cropped and what you are watching was not filmed in widescreen. Something filmed in 16x9, 1.85:1, or 2.40:1 shouldn't look distorted.

The 16x9 format is more viewer-friendly for most since is more resembles humans' natural field of vision.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Lexington
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Wide screen like LCD or Plasma? I love out LCD Tv it isnt as bulky as the CRT and I think the picture is alot crisper.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Also, it may not be getting an HDTV signal -- that's my guess.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Utah
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If the picture is distorted it's because the image has been cropped and what you are watching was not filmed in widescreen. Something filmed in 16x9, 1.85:1, or 2.40:1 shouldn't look distorted.

The 16x9 format is more viewer-friendly for most since is more resembles humans' natural field of vision.
Key word here is "filmed" or recorded in 16x9 format. An HD channel can broadcast a program in HD, but it isn't necessarily recorded in a format that doesn't make people look all stretched out.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Wide screen like LCD or Plasma? I love out LCD Tv it isnt as bulky as the CRT and I think the picture is alot crisper.
Yeah, it's great for those few programs that have been filmed in the format, but the picture still seems like crap for most programs, IMO.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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Am I the only person that does not see the appeal of wide screen TV's, with a picture that makes people look like distorted, fat elves? I really don't find the picture to be all that great for the non HDTV channels as well. Am I missing something?
Wow, i thought i was the only one also!

On a smaller flat screen(<27"), it's not bad. But as the screen size increases, the picture does appear to be artificially compressed(top-bottom). I need to switch to the 4/3 picture setting if i'm watching on a big screen.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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If it's a decent TV you can choose a view...normal, wide, zoom...etc and likely find one that works better for you.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:36 AM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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i love my tv. it's a sony bravia 32" and it has an awesome picture.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:37 AM
 
Location: NW Orlando
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I don't hate them...I just have no desire to spend the $$$ for it right now.
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