Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vizio has announced three CinemaWide TVs with a 21:9 aspect ratio – the first devices of that kind in the U.S. market.

The three TVs shown at CES are the 50-inch XVT3D500CM, the 58-inch XVT3D580CM and the 71-inch XVT3D710CM. They aren’t exactly new, but they will be new to U.S. customers.

The 21:9 (2.37) aspect ratio is close (but not identical) to the widescreen anamorphic cinema 2.39 format, which makes the TV-watching experience similar to watching a movie in the cinema.

All three devices support 3D and Yahoo Widgets; the two smaller sets have dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and a 120Hz refresh rate. The 71-inch model boasts 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a 240Hz SPS (Scenes per Second) refresh rate.

The other company that’s pushing the 21:9 format besides Vizio is Philips, whose ultra widescreen TVs have so far only been available in Europe.