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Plasma screen televisions are capable of displaying images in their natural aspect ration. Currently, all films shown in theatres are displayed at a 16:9 or “widescreen” aspect ration. This aspect ratio is also used in standard DVD formats and HDTV. Images from satellite TV, VCRs, and cable television are shown with a 4:3 or “full screen” aspect ratio. This often creates distortion, often called “pan and scan” when watching movies on regular CRT televisions. Plasma screen televisions circumvent this problem by having a default widescreen display, allowing viewers to see DVD movies and HDTV in their natural formats.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|