Originally Posted by NYCLA*
I want 16:9 on a 13" set?
Why would I want to WASTE a good portion of my already small TV? I have a 19 inc set in the bedroom and I refuse to waste at least 4 inches of it on static black bars. So I don't get to see the extra tree on the left or the extra person on the right. BFD. At least I don't have my already pathetically small TV made any smaller.
You don't know how I watch tv. I watch TV lying on the hard wood floors, right in front of my set, my head propped up on a pillow, resting against the coffee table, relaxing, or I sit on my sofa, which isn't that far away.
"Don't sit so close to the TV. It's not healthy."
(Imagining mom or grandma saying that)
As soon as New York television stations started broadcasting in 16:9 HD, I quit watching 4:3 television. Here in NY (on cable, when I had cable), the 4:3 analog signals were broadcast on 2,4,7, etc., but the Digital 16:9 HD signal was broadcast on 702, 704, 707, etc., and from that day forward I quit watching 2,4,7 etc and only watched 702,704,707 etc.
I made the mistake of getting a HD box for the TV in my bedroom. I was expecting that the TWC box would behave like a DTV converter where I could crop/zoom HD channels so I could have the better quality picture. That's not the case. The TWC box FORCES letterbox, so I'm back to watching 3, 4, 5, 8 again. At least my $10(after coupon) converter lets ME choose how to watch MY TV.
I've always hated 4:3. I went to film school and prefer widescreen. Human beings naturally see in widescreen with our peripheral vision. 4:3 (also known as the "Academy Ratio") blows chunks. If it was shot in 16:9, I WANT TO SEE IT IN 16:9, NO EXCUSES. I've watched movies on my iPod in 16:9 (or wider), and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I should've known. The same film snobs who invaded NBC around 2004 and started deciding that they should waste a good portion of my screen so I could see "more". I already knew and understood aspect ratios, and I still didn't like it. Not one show was improved by seeing "more" of it. That tiny bit of extra picture did not make an unfunny sitcom funny and it did not make a lame drama not lame. However CBS continues to produce quality programming and they let me use all of my screen. CSI: Miami isn't any worse because I cannot see the tiny bit of material on the left and right.
Really, you like everything in 16:9, even if it's on a 4:3 screen? How about a local or network news broadcast where there is tons of empty space on the left and right of the person talking so an OTS graphic can be inserted? Or what about 4:3 source B roll shown with patterned wings? Some news show was doing that on PBS and it looked incredibly stupid to have 4:3 material shown windowbox on a 4:3 screen.
Oh, you mention the "Academy Ratio", so how do you feel about films like The Wizard of Oz
and Gone With The Wind
, both of which are OAR 4:3 and were shown that way on TNT?