Are all Apple TV HD Rentals in Wide Screen format?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by pjo63, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. pjo63 macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    Seems like most movies just have no format info
    when view thru Apple TV.

    If iTunes shows the DVD version in Widescreen can I
    assume that the Apple TV HD version is also Widescreen?
  2. student101 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Technically, by definition, HD is widescreen.
  3. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2005
    If they're not in widescreen, Apple can't market them as HD.
  4. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    try settings>>video for screen format options
  5. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    A movie does not have to be widescreen to be HD. You can still have the higher resolution even though the source content is not WS. It is my assumption that, if you rent Casablanca in HD, it will be pillarboxed (black bars on the sides) to preserve the proper 4:3 aspect ratio. So, the file will be widescreen, but the movie itself can be 4:3.

  6. bbotte macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2008
    They are hard to watch on a 52" D64 series Sharp Aquos because of the poor quality that is for sure, I'll watch them in HD on my DVR.......

    No way will I buy anymore Tv shows......
  7. barijazz macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2007
    I thought that an HD video file just had to have 1 million pixels, but I can see why the 16:9 ratio is important.
  8. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    HD implies a certain minimum resolution, but is also designed exclusively for a 16:9 display format. However, the source material can be any aspect ratio and black bars be added to maintain the proper aspect ratios. Any movie put out prior to 1952 or 1953 will be 4:3 and should be pillarboxed.
  9. student101 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Exactly. HD refers to a 16:9 ratio, but this can be achieved via pillarboxing (4:3 content) or letterboxing.

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