[opendtv] Re: Analysis: Should Apple Buy Hollywood?

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:37:57 -0500

At 3:52 PM -0600 2/22/12, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:

Sorry, but this is only half true.

Early LCDs for the PC market were 4:3 aspect ratio or worse than that (I had a 1.25:1 LCD, for example). Whereas the early LCD TVs came either as 4:3 SD sets, or 16:9 HD sets. But very soon, the SD sets disappeared, the 4:3 aspect ratio disappeared, and for years now, all TVs are 16:9 (well, except that one Philips 2.35:1) and most are 1920 X 1080 now.

What's the point? LCDs are manufactured from huge sheets that are cut for the desires product. Aspect ratio is completely irrelevant - it is determined by the application. For TV the application generally calls for 16:9, although there are models with wider screens available.

For computers 16:10 is also commonplace.

Who cares?

The point was that displays for laptop and a bit later desktop computers drove the market for years before the technology evolved to deal with TV applications. The same thing is happening today with OLED - first small mobile devices and embedded application, then laptops, then big screens.


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