When did TV screen sizes change?

The transition to widescreen TV displays, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, occurred largely between the 1990s and early 2000s.

Widescreen televisions started to become increasingly common in the 1990s, and by the early 2000s, they began replacing the original 4:3 format, eventually phasing out 4:3 TVs in the early 2000s.

During this time, flat-screen technology began replacing cathode ray tube (CRT) and rear projection, resulting in lighter yet larger TVs that were more affordable than ever before.

A study by Statista found that, in 2014, 63% of TVs sold worldwide had screens larger than 40 inches, a significant increase from 32% in 2009.

This change allowed for a wider framing of TV shots and was a better fit for films on TV without the need for large black bars at the top (letterboxing) or video cropping.

The 16:9 aspect ratio has since become the standard for modern televisions, commonly used in conjunction with Ultra High Definition (UHD).

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