Philips Cinema 21:9 - Cinematic widescreen for the living room
Philips wants to get rid of the black bars when displaying cinematic movies on the TV. But the bars aren't fully banished because now the classic formats have them.
Who likes to watch cine films at home knows the black bars at the upper and lower end of the screen. The reason for this is that currently cinema movies are produced at a ratio of 2.35:1 or 2.40:1. The Philips Cinema 21:9 is supposed to make an end to those black bars. The 56 inch LCD TV offers a display ratio of 2.33:1.
But now displaying the classic formats (4:3 and 16:9) becomes problematic. While 4:3 cannot be displayed in full screen in any acceptable way, it is possible to use a special filter for 16:9 material. The Panorama feature is supposed to display the middle part of image with the original format while the left and right borders are stretched. Alternatively you have the black bars when watching in classical formats.
Up to now only few technical details about the Philips cinema 21:9 are known. Only the resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels and the utilization of a cold cathode as background lighting have been decided on already. The device also won't have speakers. A special AV system is intended for the sound output. More details can be found on the official product page. According to heise.de the TV is supposed to hit the markets in Q2/2009.