Philips Stretches Widescreen TV Wider

Stretched screen will do away with black bars on top and bottom of movies

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Philips Cinema 21:9
Philips Cinema 21:9

Your widescreen flat panel is so yesterday. Philips has unveiled its Cinema 21:9 set, which stretches today's TVs like a piece of taffy. It's designed to minimize the black bars that sit atop and below movies that are shot for the wider screens in movie theaters. Today's HDTVs typically have measurements in a ratio of 16:9.

No price or other details yet on the 56-inch set. Also unclear is when we'll see it in North America, where Philips has abandoned the TV market and licensed its name to Funai, another manufacturer.