16:9 = 16/9 = 1.78
A movie with a 1.78 aspect will fit your screen. Any larger number will have black bars above and below it. You can zoom in, but you lose the sides of the movie.
On the other hand, 4:3 (fullscreen) = 4/3 = 1.33 aspect.
You will get black bars on the side with those movies.
Most movies are formatted to a theater screen, not a TV screen. In most cases, you will just have to learn to live with it.
Hey everyone, I have a simple question and I hope this is the correct place for it. I have a widescreen lcd televison and when I watch certian widescreen dvd's on it I have bars on the bottom and top and sometimes I dont. This is happening with me not changing the settings on the tv (zoom). If I want to watch widescreen movies on my widescreen tv with out any bars, what format do I need to look for in the movies. Thanx