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What's the difference between wide screen LCD and Flat Screen LCD?

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Initial post: Apr 19, 2008 2:43:50 PM PDT
I want to buy a 32" LCD and always assumed that the LCD's would answer the problem of HBO, PBS, etc showing a movie in Letter box. You know when the heads are all cut off? I need to be sure my new TV won't do that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2008 7:15:28 AM PDT
R Atherton says:
All modern LCDs are both widescreen and flat screen. The only non-flat screen appears on old fashioned CRT ("TV tubes") sets. Now someone might come up with a wacky non-widescreen LCD, but for our purposes there simply aren't any. If you have heads being trimmed, you're probably watching a "normal" 4:3 program stretched to fill the 16:9 screen. Somewhere in the controls there should be a "ratio" button. When you watch a 4:3 program on a 16:9 screen, there are black bars on both sides of the image. Some people object to this, and so they stretch the broadcast to fill the screen, either distorting the image or chopping off some foreheads.
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