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Most of the shows on this list are shot at 2k. Both 2k and 4k cameras have a raw data aspect ratio of 1.89:1. It's been that way since the advent of digital cinematography, not a new development. There is an existing workflow to crop both to the standard 16:9 ratio, which is what almost every single show on the major broadcast networks do.
I'm not disagreeing with what you say. The post was about the post saying that phones are the reason for the various cropping that we see. I wonder how many are actually being shot with 4K, or better, cameras. More and more shows are being released in 4K. Westworld is one of the few shows actually shot on film. but scan the film at 1080p. I don't know if that is what they did again this season.

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I'm not disagreeing with what you say. The post was about the post saying that phones are the reason for the various cropping that we see. I wonder how many are actually being shot with 4K, or better, cameras. More and more shows are being released in 4K. Westworld is one of the few shows actually shot on film. but scan the film at 1080p. I don't know if that is what they did again this season.
Honestly, I think he's right. As I said, the choice of aspect ratio is an artistic decision, not a technical one. In the case of 2.0:1, that decision may be driven by a desire to fit comfortably onto phone screens.

Ratios wider than 2.0:1 are likely more about having cinematic prestige. A 2.35:1 show like Star Trek: Picard will look very small on a phone screen. But there's no theatrical standard for 2.0:1, and I doubt a show like Taco Chronicles is really concerned about being cinematic.

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It appears that I've hit the forum software's limit for post length. As a result, I've had to delete most of the text in the first post. The aspect ratio list is attached to that post as a ZIP'ed Excel spreadsheet. Going forward, that will be the only version I update.

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Honestly, I think he's right. As I said, the choice of aspect ratio is an artistic decision, not a technical one. In the case of 2.0:1, that decision may be driven by a desire to fit comfortably onto phone screens.
Problem is, the 2.0:1 is still placed within the 16:9 video image that is distributed, so the phone will display it with letterboxing. Today's phones are meant to handle 16:9 just fine. At least my phone does (LG G6).

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Problem is, the 2.0:1 is still placed within the 16:9 video image that is distributed, so the phone will display it with letterboxing. Today's phones are meant to handle 16:9 just fine. At least my phone does (LG G6).
Many phones have screens wider than 16:9 and will automatically scale to fill the width, cropping the top and bottom of a 16:9 image. My Moto Z3 has a 2160x1080 (2:1) screen. That's pretty common. Your C6 may have a 16:9 screen, but LG also makes a number of 2:1 models including the Q6 and V40. The LG G8 even has a 3120x1440 screen (2.16:1).

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Dead to Me (Netflix) season 2 is 16x9.

Any chance this can be in a shared Google Sheet?

Zipping up a .xlsx file (which I can only open by uploading to Google Sheets) is so cumbersome.

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Dead to Me (Netflix) season 2 is 16x9.
That's so weird. Why would the show switch to 16:9 after starting as 2.0:1?

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Unfortunately, I do most of my updates to this sheet from my work computer, and we're blocked from accessing Google Drive.

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The Handmaid's Tale is 2:1 aspect starting season 2.
I don't subscribe to Hulu, but Comcast is offering Handmaid's Tale as part of its "Watchathon Week". The show appears to have been 2.0:1 in season 1 also. Was it always that way, or did Hulu go back and revise the old episodes?

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That's so weird. Why would the show switch to 16:9 after starting as 2.0:1?
Yeah, weird for sure. Hard to know why. Too bad, because I like the 2:1 format.

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I'm finding conflicting trailers for the Hulu series Dollface. Some are 16:9 and some are letterboxed to 2.0:1. I don't subscribe to Hulu. Can anyone confirm?

Likewise, trailers for Ramy season 1 are 1.85:1 while those for season 2 are 16:9. Is that accurate?

Edit: I was mostly able to confirm this for myself. Comcast is offering a free trial of both shows as part of "Watchathon Week." Dollface is straight 16:9 while the first season of Ramy is very mildly letterboxed. Unfortunately, the second season of Ramy doesn't premiere until later this month.

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Interesting to note that DC's Stargirl has a very wide 2.20:1 aspect ratio, at least the first episode does. The trailers were only 2.0:1. This is the widest I've seen on a broadcast network. I know the show was developed for DC Universe and technically premieres there first, but most of the audience is going to catch it on The CW.

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The Alienist: Angel of Darkness trailer is in 2.0:1. Which I believe will be a first for TNT and something I wish they had done for Snowpiercer.
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From the trailers I've seen, it looks like all the HBO Max launch shows are standard 16:9. If anyone subscribes and finds otherwise, please post here. Thanks.

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