This is a stupid question and I know so, but it is something that has been bugging me for eons and I just CANNOT work it out, and that is to do with playing DVDs on Widescreen TVs with the XBox.
So ok, let me lay it down first. I have a widescreen TV and it runs several modes which include 16:9, the mode you'd expect to watch Widescreen in, 4:3 which is normal TV mode and Cinema which is like 16:9 but stretches it to the top and bottom to remove black borders that might appear.
However, here is the conundrum, just HOW do I watch my DVDs in proper full screen format on my XBox?
I used to run my DVDs through my PS2 and generally what I had to do was run the DVDs in Cinema mode to get them full screen. A few exceptions like Saving Private Ryan ran in full screen in 16:9 though. But I have my XBox set to widescreen mode under the MS Dashboard and so my games are all Widescreen. However, when I come to run movies, they are running nice and fine in 16:9, but there is a letterbox effect on them. Sticking on Cinema makes it distorted now.
Surely if a movie is running letterbox format it is supposedly widescreen? So why do I see borders on normal 16:9? And why are there borders on 16:9 on my XBox yet my PS2 will run it distorted in 16:9 but fine in Cinema and no borders.
I know what I just wrote is probably confusing, and that is because the whole thing is confusing me! If someone could please clear up this conundrum for me I would forever be in your debt
Thanks for your time and look forward to the replies.