Shiny Preview: Philips Cinema 21:9

I maintain that when it comes to televisions, you don’t know what you’re missing until someone points it out to you. I feel a bit like that with the new Philips 21:9 – I was perfectly happy watching my movies with black bars at the top and bottom, but after seeing them fill the screen on the 21:9 screen it was like the scales had fallen from my eyes – basically, Philips have ruined watching films on my sofa for ever.

Standard TV is currently 16:9, where as films are shot in closer to 21:9, which is why you get the bars. Philips new TV will allow you to watch films as they were intended to be shown, as well as auto adjusting any 16:9 TV content. It comes with Ambilight Spectra, which appears round the side and top of the telly, and although it’s no taller than a 42-inch, the actual diagonal measurement is 52-inch, so it’s quite a bit wider. You can check all that out in a video over the jump.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but it’s likely to be upward of a couple of grand. You can expect to see it in stores in Spring this year.

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Susi Weaser