Question about Televison & Video
You may actually be looking at the entire picture. The newer televisions have a 16:9 aspect ratio (16 units wide for every 9 units high). The older sets had a 4:3 aspect ration, and a lot of material was made for the 4:3 screens. There are three ways to look at this material on a wide screen set: use the "shadow box" you describe, stretch the picture sideways to fit the screen, or expand it to fit width and lose the top and bottom of the picture. Your choice depends on the material and your personal preference.
Now, if you know you are looking at wide screen material, you need to correct a setting in the view format options. These settings go by various names in the instruction manual and on-screen menus - "resolution", "aspect", or "display format" are common. I haven't seen the menus on a Phillips set, so I don't know what term they use.
Posted on Oct 24, 2010
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