I have some exposure with different aspect ratios dealing with my digital cameras. But I find myself kind of baffled with the newer flat screen TV's.
I replaced our behemouth 32" CRT type TV with an LCD (LED?) flat screen TV. I hve found the native format for this TV's is 16:9 aspect ratio. The only problem is that my cable TV feed is at 4:3. So to try to get the picure to fill the screen I have to use the zoom feature in the TV. This is OK but doing this I loose a little bit of the top and bottom of the image. This is mostly noticable with a closeup of a person and the top of their head will ve cut off. Or text on the bottom of the screen won't all be visable.
So why......are the TV's sold now have a different aspect ration than what is broadcast over the cable network? This makes no sense to me.