Philips 21:9 TV
If you think your 16:9 widescreen TV is big, wait until you see the 56in Cinema 21:9 model due from Philips this Spring

UPDATE: Well the press launch has been and gone – turns out it was something of a pre-press-launch launch – and we can now bring you some more information and early specifications on the Cinema 21:9 TV.

While we only saw a pre-production sample, and Philips would only confirm that they couldn't really confirm much at all about the final spec machine, we did get a smattering of specifications, which we'll share below:

  • 2560 x 1080 resolution
  • Full HD 1080p support
  • 56in screen
  • Ambilight Spectra - three sides of Ambilight
  • Perfect Pixel HD engine
  • Perfect Natural HD Motion
  • DLNA & WiFi capable
  • 5 x HDMI
  • Fastest LCD response time available

Philips will also release a 7.1 Blu-ray home cinema system to match the TV. Now scheduled for launch in Spring 2009/Q2, further details, including price, remain to be seen.

As we mentioned below, this will mean the end to black bars when it comes to compatible content, while 16:9 video can also be stretched to the 21:9 resolution. Any 4:3 programming – football from eastern Europe springs to mind – will have two vertical black bars at the side of the screen.


More after the break


We're invited to a Philips press launch on January 29th, and in addition to the company's new 2009 range of TVs, we also expect to get our first glimpse of its Cinema 21:9 TV.

This new LCD is claimed to be the world's first cinema-proportioned TV, which means you won't have those pesky black bars at the top and bottom of the screen when watching 21:9 ratio films on DVD or Blu-ray.

Quite how it will look when viewing 16:9 or 4:3 material remains to be seen.

The new screen measures 56in and will incorporate the same Ambilight technology found in Philips' flagship models. We'll bring you more details on the 29th.