Originally Posted by Wiz33
Why would you want to do that since everything looks tall and skinny? Movies are not shot in 16:9 (only HDTV programs). They are shot anywhere between 1.85:1 to 2.39:1 ratios which would produce black bars on top and bottom even on todays 16:9 HDTV. It's the nature of the beast, learn to live with it.
No it doesn't really that look tall and skinny. Looks almost perfect and fills the entire laptop screen. It's more than good enough for watching a DVD on your laptop. Obviously then you can just plug in your LCD TV and clone your desktop and there you go. In Windows Media Player Classic you can stretch the video frame to fit the screen very well. All you have to do is select Scale to 16:9 TV then go to 'Video Frame' and 'Stretch to Window'. Then if the picture doesn't quite fill the screen go to Pan&Scan and move the pic up, down, left or right by 1 or 2 notches and/or increase size by 1 or 2 depending on what the image needs doing to it to make it fill the entire screen. Admittedly like you say the picture is slightly narrower than what it would normally be but only slightly and it's far more enjoyable to watch than having only 2 thirds of the screen filled due to a large chunk out of the top and bottom cut off with black bars. It's personal preference I guess. It's an option for anyone reading this anyway if you'd prefer to fill your entire laptop screen for a slightly narrower picture instead of having a letterbox style smaller image with the black bars on the top and bottom. I also find Windows Media Player Classic perfect for stretching 4:3 online streams to fill the laptop screen instead of having bars on the left and right side of the image. Just select 'Video Frame' and 'Stretch to Window'.