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Why do we have black bars on top and bottom of screen

With everything gone digital now, shouldn't the picture on our 16x9 tv be full. Why do we continue to have these lines and also have them on the sides at times.

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Originally when 16:9 TVs were produced movies were being shot in 16:9 so that you had a full screen. Now they are being shot in 14:9 as it gives you a more cinematic experience. This is due to the fact that colours look more vibrant when they are placed against a colourless/lightless surface (such as a black panel) as for the bars on the side of the screen LuciferStarr is correct; it depends on the format in which the video was originally produced. For example most older television shows are still shown in 4:3 but newer shows and movies are produced in the widescreen format.

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Top and bottom bars are there because most movies are filmed at wider ratio's than 16:9, if your TV were to show them fullscreen, you would either have a picture that is stretched vertically (Everybody skinny) or you would lose some of the picture at the sides. So your screen "letter-boxes" the image - full image with no loss or distortion.
16:9 is a more comfortable ration for your eyes than 4:3, but quite rare in movies.
The bars at the sides are there because the broadcaster is transmitting a program originally produced at 4:3, so rather than losing the top and bottom of the picture, or having everything stretched wide (Everybody pudgy), your set "pillar-boxes" the image - full image with no loss or distortion.

Most TVs have options to allow you to always fill the screen, but bear in mind that you will lose some picture either way.

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