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Duke Newman
11-01-2011, 05:32 PM
I bought 42pfl7606 some days ago.

I tried different mkv-sources from USB-HDD and can't find an option that matches the resolution of my movies. Some movies in 16:9 (1080p) work fine but most movies in other format like 21:9 are stretched vertically or centered in the middle of the screen but not maximised.

Can s.o. please explain what the options (Auto fill, Auto zoom, Super zoom, Movie expand 16:9, Wide screen) exactly do.

Why is there no option to simply keep the aspect ratio AND maximise the movie? Something like "touch screen from inside" (and add black bars) or "touch screen from outside" (and cut some borders)!

Or is there a way to manipulate the movie-files (without recompile them in 16:9)?

I don't want to see stretched faces on a TV like that.

Please, Philips-Guys, fix this or help me find the right settings.


11-03-2011, 11:01 AM
Hi Duke,

Unfortunately due to the Philips motto "cinematic viewing experience" in which they choose to respect the content that the movie director delivers they (Philips) have choosen not to add an option to zoom a 21:9 content to 16:9. Their solution for movie fans are the Cinema 21:9 sets.

I don't know an easy way, other than playing back the content from your PC through an HDMI connection (so you don't loose resolution) and in use a media player that allows you to zoom the picture, like the Media Player Classic software.


Duke Newman
11-03-2011, 03:11 PM
That doesn't make sense to me because "cinematic viewing experience" is what I'm talking about. If a circle is shown as an ellipse for example they don't respect any content that a movie director delivers in any way! If such a movie would at least be shown in 21:9 (or what ever), horizontally maximised and with black bars at the top and bottom instead of being centered in a black frame or stretched vertically!?!

I'am using MPC and I will try a PC2TV connection but this isn't a solution I would have expected with a modern TV in 2011!

By the way: how does the TV handle non 16:9 material from DVB-sources?