Originally Posted by Mark_H
So how is it that current anamorphic DVDs look correct on all displays? :rolleyes:
I was referring to a hypothetical solution to have all pixels used for image data despite the lack of anamorphic processing in hi-def DVD players.
The anamorphic aspect of the DVD spec was all about making it work well on all displays, not providing the best picture (reducing the encoded pixels used for black bars was not the goal). The installed base was 4:3, but 16:9 was coming. Companies wanted to make a lot of money, so they wanted to make their players/content work with all displays.
With hi-def DVDs, companies just may not see the demand for doing it it or a way to enough additional money to justify doing it (perhaps influenced by the desire to hurry and become the dominant format). They can still sell the products to anyone with a hi-def display. They'll work fine. They just don't provide all the features everyone wants.
I don't mean to argue that the right thing is happening, just that it's the effect of the market. Everyone wants the best picture, but not everyone can be accommodated.