How Can You Watch 16:9 TV in Your Cinema 4K Theater?

While 80% of the most popular movies and increasing streaming titles are made in the cinema format, today’s projectors also give you many options for watching 16:9 TV programming such as sports without moving the anamorphic lens. All virtually instantaneous. All at the push of a button.

16:9 ClassicComplete content is displayed in its original format with full vertical resolution but reformatted using 3072 (17:9/DCR) or 2880 (16:9/CDR) horizontal pixels. Aspect Modes: Sony: “Squeeze”. JVC: “Anamorphic D”. Digital Projection: “4:3 Narrow“. Epson: “Horizontal Squeeze”. BenQ: “Anamorphic 16:9“. (note 1)

16:9 Wide (Stretched). Complete content is displayed with full 3840 x 2160 resolution but with a 25% (17:9/DCR) or 33% (16:9/Paladin) horizontally stretched appearance to better fill the screen, leaving about 3% of the screen width black on the left and right for 17:9 projectors (shown at right) but fully filling the screen with 16:9 projectors. Aspect Modes: Sony: “Normal”. JVC: “Anamorphic Off”. Digital Projection: “Normal“. Epson: “Auto“. BenQ: “16:9“. 

16:9 Full (Stretched). 17:9/DCR systems only. The content fills the entire screen by stretching to 4096 horizontal resolution and cropping about 3% from both top and bottom, resulting in a 25% stretched appearance. Aspect Modes: Sony: “2.35:1 Zoom”. JVC: “Zoom”.

16:9 Full (Cropped).  The image fills the entire screen with full 4096 (17:9/DCR) or 3840 (16:9/CDR) horizontal resolution and with no stretched appearance by cropping 10% (17:9) or 12% (16:9) from both top and bottom. Aspect Modes: Sony: “V-Stretch“. JVC: “Anamorphic C“. Digital Projection: “TheaterScope“. Epson: “Anamorphic Wide“. BenQ: “Anamorphic 2.4:1“. 

Note 1. When 2.4:1 movies are perfectly framed by your screen then 13 out of 2160 pixel rows of 4K 16:9 content will project onto both the top and bottom screen border. This may impact the visibility of very small characters if they are placed close to the edge such as with sports broadcast scores.