(Please excuse the serial postings, I just got my AppleTV and want to address some points)
Originally Posted by TenoBell
When did 2.35:1 become a Blu-ray specific aspect ratio?
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
The movie comes in the ratio in which it is distributed. Not all Blu-ray content is 2.39:1, and not all SD and 720 content was 16:9. Apple has supported all three ratios for years.
Originally Posted by @tiger
Hollywood blockbusters are usually filmed in 2.39:1 aspect ratio, so most Blu-ray movies comes in the very same aspect ratio.
I am thinking of buying the Philips Cinema 21:9 television (http://www.philips.co.uk/c/televisio...B4.app101-drp1
), therefore it would be nice to know. I appreciate all info on this subject. Thanks.
AFAIK, the iTunes content is encoded in whatever aspect ratio it's supposed to be in, like 2.3+:1, 1.8+:1, 16:9 and so on.
If you can afford it, the Cinema televisions seem sweet.
Note however that AFAIK there's no "anamorphic" encoding for the latest iTunes 1080p and 720p. It used to be a good advantage during the days of DVD because instead of wasting encoding space with black bars, videos would be "squeezed" into the resolution available and then "widened" out for cinema aspect ratios, and some people used this technique for AppleTV2... See: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1331127
So, the Cinema television you mentioned above has a native resolution of 2560 x 1080. Which is nice because any 16:9 content will be shown as purely native 1920x1080 pixels. However, if there is BluRay or iTunes 1080p content, usually, this will be ~upscaled~ by the TV to 2560x1080 from whatever it was encoded in, say Lord of the Rings at approx. 1920x800 pixels.
At the end of the day, is it going to give you the value and feeling you're after? As much as I would love to see anamorphic 1080p encodes for any aspect ratio wider than 16:9, for now, it's "good enough" for most people. Because when you play the resolution game, there's no end to it... 2K, 4K, until you max out the human perception, then there's 3D, implants, holographic, extra-sensory etc. But I suppose technology will progress.
Remember the iPad resolution too... For the new iPad you'd need around 3K in resolution to display native pixels:
Try out some content with the new TV at the store to see if you're happy with it.