Black bands top and bottom? Why?

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    Why on my widescreen TV, do I still get black bands at the top and bottom when watching films in widescreen? surely the idea of widescreen is to get rid of these bands?
     
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    That's normal, for some widescreen material ie 2:35 you will get black bands on a 16:9 set, because the film is a wider ratio than your TV.

    Don't stretch the image to "full-screen" you lose detail, width and get a funny shape (unless you zoom in, lose OAQ but keep correct vertical & horizntoal ratio )
     
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    But surely 16:9 is a more commonly used ratio than 2:35? Why even make films in 2:35? Do any TVs actually do 2:35?
     
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    Well films are mainly made for cinemas that have wider screens. TV movies are made in 16:9 but the quality is not up to a big budget blockbuster.

    Nobody has made a 1:2.35 TV yet -all widescreen TVs display a 1:2.35 ratio picture by using black bands!
     
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    ....but just to be sure:

    Each of the black bars should not be larger than about 12% of the height of your screen. The film should be never less than about 75% of your screen height. If it is less, you are probably doing something wrong.
     
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    Yep, nothing worse than a widescreen tv set to 16:9 mode and displaying 4:3 output from a dvd player - one of the local supermarkets were doin this over xmas, I was dying to find somebody with the dvd remote and fix it...
     

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