Some widescreen DVDs and HDTV broadcasts still show black bars. Why doesnt the 16:9 aspect ratio on my TV remove this letterboxing?

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Some widescreen DVDs and HDTV broadcasts still show black bars. Why doesnt the 16:9 aspect ratio on my TV remove this letterboxing?

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Movies are filmed at several different aspect ratios. One of the most common is “scope”. Scope is the panoramic aspect ratio that provides a wide field of view in the theater. Since scope is much wider than your widescreen TV it requires the use of letterboxing to fit the entire image on screen. Some TVs and DVD players have a zoom function that allows you to blow up the image so it fills the screen, but the sides of the image must be cropped in order to do so.

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