When Wide Screen Isn't Quite Wide Enough

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going to bring along a new wave of consumer HDTVs that feature what is being called ultra wide-screen displays with 21:9 aspect ratios. What does this mean? It means you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more than you ever have before on your television. But will anyone be able to afford it?

Vizio will be the first company to bring ultra wide-screen televisions (called “Cinema HDTVs”) to the U.S., and while the pricing and availability is still relatively unknown, the prospects are quite high. This is yet another huge development in HDTV technology that will not only further our viewing experience, but will also lower the prices of today’s current televisions as well (which are becoming so incredibly affordable).

While we expect the first 21:9 displays to be considerably more expensive, we also expect that after this year’s CES that more display manufacturers will dip their toes into shipping these ultra wide-screen displays to the States. How well consumers react to them, however, is still a coin flip.

Written by James Mowery

James Mowery is a passionate technology journalist and entrepreneur who has written for various top-tier publications like Mashable and CMSWire. Follow him on Twitter: @JMowery.

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  • khilts

    “you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more than you ever have before on your television…”

    To support that statement, maybe the author can share with us what source material currently provides the 21:9 aspect ratio.

    • Glenn

      Easy: 2.35:1 movies.
      21:9 is 2.33:1, so close enough.

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