Widescreen

A TV picture that has an aspect ratio wider than 4:3 – usually 16:9 – while still using the normal 525/60 or 625/50 or SD video. 16: 9 is also the aspect ratio used for HDTV. There is an intermediate scheme using 14:9 which is found to be more acceptable for those still using 4:3 displays. Widescreen is used on some analog transmissions as well as many digital transmissions. The mixture of 4:3 and 16:9 programming and screens has greatly complicated the issue of safe areas.