Many title are available on DVD in both 4:3 and widescreen format. Like you I MUCH prefer widescreen, even on my SDTV. Unfortunately Netflix has chosen to encode "cropped" versions of some of the titles they stream .Bob.H wrote:I did a search on this problem. alas was unsuccessful. Please excuse as I am new to this streaming video although many years with Netflix. Now I have Roku and I have watched several movies streaming in HD on my TV with no problems and beautiful wide screen (16:9) picture. However some of the movies I have on my queue insist on playing in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Even on my computer they play 4:3. Examples are "Swimming Pool" and "Croupier". Does anybody know why this is.
crcochran wrote:Just tried them both.
Croupier is a Starz encode. Starz screws up about 10% of their encodes aspect ratios and tend to not be of the best picture quality. I avoid Starz except for old TV shows and impossible to get otherwise movies.
Swimming Pool is a different kettle of fish as it is even in HD and should be the proper ratio (1:85 according to imdb). You can report bad encodes through netflix and you should do so. They do re encode some of them eventually.
To sum up, nothing on your end. Not Roku either. All Netflix.
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