Originally Posted by LTE15
Thanks. I'm sure the issue is overblown, but I may have a problem here. I bought the Plasma because we watch a lot of movies and the Plasma picture for movies is great. We hardly watch any TV at all. I never really paid attention before, but it seems like a good 80-90% of the movies are in some form of letterbox. I don't want to be wondering all the time if I have watched enough of the right kind of content, or say "OK, we watched two letterbox movies, so I better watch something full screen now." I have enough things in my life that require maintenance and looking after, a TV shouldn't be one of them! LOL. I know I can change the format to watch full screen, but I would prefer to watch the movie in its original format.
Anyway, I love the set, but am wondering if I made the right choice based on our viewing habits. Am I making too much of it?
Your television's aspect ratio (AR) is 16:9, or 1.78:1. In other words, a screen that runs 48 inches across would run 27 inches downward. This AR will still have letterboxes on any content that has a greater aspect ratio, such as:
Check your movies that you've played with the letterboxes, and you'll probably see that it has one of the following aspect ratios.
I also don't believe that you can fill the screen with the 2.35-2.40 films. At least, I don't think you can zoom like that with Blu-rays on HDMI. If you change from Screen Fit to 16:9, you can cut off the small black bars on 1.85:1 films. The only films that won't have any black bars are ones set to 1.78:1.