For other uses, see 16:9 (disambiguation).
A 16:9 rectangle in which rectangles visualize the ratio. Note that the groupings are not square.
An LCD television set with a 16:9 image ratio.

16:9 (1.77:1) (16:9 = 42:32) is an aspect ratio with a width of 16 units and height of 9. Since 2009 it has become the most common aspect ratio for televisions and computer monitors, and is also the international standard format of HDTV, Full HD, non-HD digital television and analog widescreen television. It is also used inversely (9:16) as the ratio for mobile phone screens. This has replaced the old 4:3 aspect ratio.


An equal-area comparison of the aspect ratios which Dr. Kerns Powers employed to derive the SMPTE 16:9 standard.[1] TV 4:3/1.33 in red, 5:3/1.66 in orange, 16:9/1.77 in blue, 1.85 in yellow, Panavision 11:5/2.2 in mauve and CinemaScope/2.35 in purple.

Dr. Kerns H. Powers, a member of the SMPTE Working Group on High-Definition Electronic Production, first proposed the 16:9 (1.77:1) aspect ratio at a time when nobody was creating 16:9 videos. The popular choices in 1980 were: 1.33:1 (based on television standard's ratio at the time), 1.66:1 (the European "flat" ratio), 1.85:1 (the American "flat" ratio), 2.20:1 (the ratio of 70 mm films and Panavision) and 2.39:1 (the CinemaScope ratio for anamorphic widescreen films).

Powers cut out rectangles with equal areas, shaped to match each of the popular aspect ratios. When overlapped with their center points aligned, he found that all of those aspect ratio rectangles fit within an outer rectangle with an aspect ratio of 1.77:1 and all of them also covered a smaller common inner rectangle with the same aspect ratio 1.77:1.[1] The value found by Powers is exactly the geometric mean of the extreme aspect ratios, 4:3 (1.33:1) and 2.35:1, 47/15 ≈ 1.770 which is coincidentally close to 16:9 (1.77:1). Applying the same geometric mean technique to 16:9 and 4:3 yields the 14:9 aspect ratio, which is likewise used as a compromise between these ratios.[2]

While 16:9 (1.77:1) was initially selected as a compromise format, the subsequent popularity of HDTV broadcast has solidified 16:9 as perhaps the most important video aspect ratio in use. Most 4:3 (1.33:1) and 2.39:1 video is now recorded using a "shoot and protect" technique[3] that keeps the main action within a 16:9 (1.77:1) inner rectangle to facilitate HD broadcast. Conversely it is quite common to use a technique known as center-cutting, to approach the challenge of presenting material shot (typically 16:9) to both a HD and legacy 4:3 audience simultaneously without having to compromise image size for either audience. Content creators frame critical content or graphics to fit within the 1.33 raster space. This has similarities to a filming technique called Open matte.

After the original 16:9 Action Plan of the early 1990s, the European Union has instituted the 16:9 Action Plan,[4] just to accelerate the development of the advanced television services in 16:9 aspect ratio, both in PAL and also in HDTV. The Community fund for the 16:9 Action Plan amounted to 228 million.

In 2008 the computer industry started switching to 16:9 as the standard aspect ratio for monitors and laptops. A 2008 report by DisplaySearch cited a number of reasons for this shift, including the ability for PC and monitor manufacturers to expand their product ranges by offering products with wider screens and higher resolutions, helping consumers to more easily adopt such products and "stimulating the growth of the notebook PC and LCD monitor market".[5]

In 2011 Bennie Budler, product manager of IT products at Samsung South Africa, confirmed that monitors capable of 1920×1200 resolutions aren't being manufactured anymore. “It is all about reducing manufacturing costs. The new 16:9 aspect ratio panels are more cost effective to manufacture locally than the previous 16:10 panels”.[6] Since computer displays are advertised by their diagonal measure, for monitors with the same display area, a wide screen monitor will have a larger diagonal measure, thus sounding more impressive. Within limits, the amount of information that can be displayed, and the cost of the monitor depend more on area than on diagonal measure.

In March 2011 the 16:9 resolution 1920×1080 became the most common used resolution among Steam's users. The earlier most common resolution was 1680×1050 (16:10).[7]


16:9 is the only widescreen aspect ratio natively supported by the DVD format. Anamorphic DVD transfers store the information as 5:4 (PAL) or 3:2 (NTSC) square pixels, which is set to expand to either 16:9 or 4:3, which the television or video player handles. For example, a PAL DVD with a full frame image may contain a video resolution of 720×576 (5:4 ratio), but a video player software will stretch this to 1024×576 square pixels with a 16:9 flag in order to recreate the correct aspect ratio.

DVD producers can also choose to show even wider ratios such as 1.85:1 and 2.39:1[lower-alpha 1] within the 16:9 DVD frame by hard matting or adding black bars within the image itself. Some films which were made in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, such as the U.S.-Italian co-production Man of La Mancha and Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing, fit quite comfortably onto a 1.77:1 HDTV screen and have been issued anamorphically enhanced on DVD without the black bars. Many digital video cameras have the capability to record in 16:9.

Super 16 mm film is frequently used for television production due to its lower cost, lack of need for soundtrack space on the film itself, and aspect ratio similar to 16:9.

Common resolutions

Common resolutions for 16:9 are listed in the table below:

Width Height Standard
640 360 nHD
720 405
848 480
960 540 qHD
1024 576
1280 720 HD
1366 768
1600 900 HD+
1920 1080 Full HD
2048 1152
2560 1440 QHD
2880 1620
3200 1800 QHD+
3840 2160 UHDTV
4096 2304 4K
5120 2880 *5K
7680 4320 *8K UHDTV
15360 8640 *16K

(*) - Note: 5K, 8K, and 16K are not common resolutions yet.

In Europe

In Europe, 16:9 is the standard broadcast format for most digital channels and all HDTV broadcasts. Some countries adopted the format for analog television, first by using the PALplus standard (now obsolete) and then by simply using WSS signals on normal PAL broadcasts.

Country Channel
 Albania RTSH, Top Channel, TV Klan, Klan HD, Digi Gold, DigitALB HD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), SuperSport (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)*, Digi Plus**, Film Author**, Film Hits**, Film Thriller**, Film Drame**, Film Aksion**, Film Komedi**
*Do not set the aspect ratio correctly when broadcasting in 16:9 and the image appears squashed on 4:3 TV sets.
**These channels do broadcast in 16:9 and 4:3 but the aspect ratio is always kept 4:3 so 16:9 programs appear squashed.
 Austria All main channels: ORF eins, ORF 2, ORF Sport +, ORF1 HD, ATV, Puls 4, Servus TV.
 Azerbaijan AzTV, Idman Azerbaijan TV (HD), Medeniyyet TV, İctimai Television, Azad Azerbaijan TV, Alternativ TV, TurkelTV, CBC (Caspian Broadcasting Company), Region TV, CBC Sport (HD), Lider TV, Space TV.
 Belarus Belsat TV, ONT, Belarus-4 Vitsebsk
 Belgium All channels.
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Kanal 1, Face TV, TV1, Hayat music, BDC TV, Hayat TV, Elta HD, Elta 2, BN TV.
 Bulgaria All channels.
 Cyprus Always in 16:9 even when showing 4:3 content: ANT1 Cyprus, CyBC One, Two, HD and the international channels CyBC has the duty to rebroadcast: DT, Euronews, Sigma TV, Plus TV, Primetel.
Always in 4:3, even when showing 16:9 content: MEGA Cyprus, Capital TV, EXTRA TV, MusicTV.
 Croatia HRT 1**, 2**, 3**, 4**, RTL Televizija*, RTL 2*, Nova TV* , Doma TV*, RTL Kockica* Sportska televizija**.

Older programmes filmed in 4:3 are:
**transmitted in their original format.

 Czech Republic Almost all channels.
 Denmark Almost all channels.
 Estonia Almost all channels.
 Finland Almost all channels.
 France All DVB-T (TNT)
And almost all pay channels via TNT, ADSL, DVB-C and DVB-S;
Canal+ Décalé, Canal+ Family, Poker Channel, CinePlay, Ciné Cinéma Premier, OL TV, Motors TV, Disney Cinemagic, Disney Cinemagic + 1, NRJ Hits, Ciné Cinéma Premier HD and SD, National Geographic HD and SD, Ushuaia TV HD and SD, Disney Cinemagic HD and SD, MTV HD, NRJ 12 HD and SD, iConcert HD, HD1, Melody Zen HD, Sci Fi Channel HD and SD, 13ème Rue HD and SD, Orange cinemax HD etc.
 Germany Almost all channels.
 Georgia 1TV GPB (in HD), Maestro TV, Kavkasia TV, Tabula TV, GDS TV, Voice of Abkhazia, Ajara TV, Pirveli TV, Aratrea TV.
 Greece All major stations ERT, ANT1, Mega Channel, Alpha TV, Star Channel, EPSILON TV, Makedonia TV use the 16:9 aspect ratio, and only switch to 4:3 when an older programme is broadcast. Skai TV was the first in Greece to broadcast in 16:9 format in 2006, and 100% of its programming is in 16:9.

Other stations using exclusively 16:9 aspect ratio: MTV Greece, NovaCinema1, NovaCinema2, NovaCinema3, NovaCinema4, NovaCinema HD, NovaSports1, NovaSports2, NovaSports3, NovaSports4, NovaSports Highlights, NovaSports6, NovaSports7, NovaSports HD, Nickelodeon (Greece), Kontra Channel, THRAKI NET, IONIAN CHANNEL, BEST TV, PatraTV, Blue Sky TV, Action 24, ΜΕΣΟΓΕΙΟΣ TV, ΚΡΗΤΗ TV, NEA TV ΚΡΗΤΗΣ, ΘΡΑΚΗ NET, TV 100, ΗΠΕΙΡΟΣ TV1, ΑΛΦΑ ΤΗΛΕΟΡΑΣΗ ΔΡΑΜΑΣ. 4:3 is still the most popular aspect ratio among local television stations.

 Hungary All channels. Channels only switch to 4:3 when an older programme is broadcast.
 Iceland All three national stations broadcast in 16:9 with occasional 4:3 programmes. Local stations still use 4:3.
 Ireland RTÉ channels, TV3, TG4, UTV Ireland, and Eir Sport.
 Italy Exclusively in widescreen: All Sky Italia Channels (Sky Cinema, Sky Primafila, Sky Sport, Sky TG24...), All Fox Company Channels except Fox Retrò, Cielo, all Discovery Group channels except Animal Planet, RTL 102.5 TV, QVC Italy, TGCom 24, Rai Storia, Rai News 24, Rai Sport Channels, all National Geographic channels, History Channel, Winga, MTV channels except MTV Classic, all Disney channels except Disney in English, all Mediaset Premium channels, NOVE, Vero, TG Norba 24, SuperTennis, Sportitalia Channels, Play.me, Repubblica TV.

16:9 with occasional programmes in 4:3: all channels owned by Rai and Mediaset; La7, La7d, Giallo.

 Kazakhstan Almost all main channels.
 Latvia Always on 16:9: Latvijas Televizija (LTV1, LTV7), Re:TV, TV24, Sporta Centrs TV, TV XXI.

Often on 16:9: MTG channels (TV3, LNT, TV6 and others).

 Lithuania Always on 16:9: LRT channels (LRT televizija, LRT Kultūra, LRT Lituanica), Sport1 (Lithuania), Lietuvos rytas TV, Balticum TV, Balticum Auksinis.

Often on 16:9: LNK channels (LNK, BTV, TV1, Info TV), MTG channels (TV3 Lithuania, TV6, TV8, Viasat Sport Baltic).
Always on 4:3: Liuks!.

 Luxembourg RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Luxe.tv.
 Macedonia Alfa TV, MRT 1, MRT 2, Sitel.
 Malta All nationwide channels.
 Moldova TRM (Moldova 1, Moldova 2), GMG Group (Prime, Canal 2, Canal 3, Publika TV), ProTV Cishinau, N4, Jurnal TV
 Montenegro TV Vijesti, NTV Montena.
 Netherlands All nationwide channels (Netherlands Public Broadcasting, RTL, SBS), BravaHDTV. Only older programmes filmed in 4:3 are usually transmitted in their original format, as cropping a 4:3 picture for 16:9 TVs has proved unpopular.
 Norway 16:9 is the national standard for television  almost all channels conform to this format.
 Poland All channels: nationwide, TVP, TVN Group, Polsat Group, Discovery Communications, Disney–ABC Television Group, Canal+ Group, Polcast Television, Viacom (for example VIVA, Nickelodeon and MTV Poland), 4fun Media, Grupa ZPR (Eska TV, Polo TV, Fokus TV, Music VOX TV), Fox International Channels (National Geographic Channel, NatGeo Wild, Fox, FOX Comedy)

Other channels: TVS, Orange Sport, AXN, Superstacja, Kino Polska Muzyka, Telewizja Republika, Cartoon Network.

 Portugal RTP (except RTP Madeira), SIC, TVI, TVCine, MOV, Canal Q, AXN, AXN Black, AXN White, National Geographic Channel, SportTV, Syfy, Económico TV, História, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Odisseia, FOX, FOX Life, FOX Crime, Fox Movies, A Bola TV, Canal Hollywood, MTV, Nickelodeon, Discovery Channel, Localvisão TV, CMTV.
 Romania Occasional 16:9 widescreen programming is shown on the Romanian public broadcaster's channels (TVR 1, TVR 2, TVRi), Sport.ro, RegioTV Transilvania, Pro Tv, B1 TV, Dolce Sport and DigiSport. SSD version aired in 16:9-in-4:3 letterbox on PRO Cinema, Antena 1 Romania, Prima Tv Romania, Zutv, National Tv, National 24 +, Favorit TV, ID Extra Romania, Antena Stars, Happy Channel, Disney Channel Romania, Disney Junior Romania and MTV Romania. Full 16:9 widescreen programming is aired on all HD channels: TVR HD, PRO TV HD, Kanal D HD, Dolce Sport HD, Digi Sport 1, 2 and 3 HD, Digi 24 HD, Digi Life HD, Digi World HD, Digi Animal World HD, National Geographic HD, Comedy Central and Extra HD, Discovery Channel HD Romania, Animal Planet HD Romania, UTV Romania, UTV HD, Acasa TV HD and Sport.ro HD.
 Russia Almost all Channels are broadcasting in 16:9
Channels Always in 16:9* Channel One Russia (all channels), VGTRK (Russia-1 (in HD), Russia-24, Planeta HD, Tlum HD, Strashnoe HD, Russian roman, Kino TV), Gazprom-Media (NTV, NTV Thematic channels (NTV Style, NTV Pravo, NTV Serial), Match TV, Match TV sports channels, Red Media channels (HD Life, film channels (except Kinokomediya, Rodnoye kino and Indiyskoe kino)), National Media Group (Ren-TV, Life TV, Life 78), Moscow Media (TV Tsentr, Moskva 24, Moskva.Doverie), OTR, Zvezda, MIR, MIR 24, RT TV-channels, RBC TV, Dozhd, Euronews, Tricolor TV-channels, Bridge Media channels (RTG TV, Bridge TV channels, Rusong TV), Fox International channels, Viasat World, Discovery Communications, Viacom (except VH1 Classic), Lagardère Active (Mezzo live HD, Mezzo, MCM Top, Gulli Girl), Sony.
Channels Broadcasting Always in 4:3** Disney-ABC Television Group, UTH Russia, CTC Media, Gazprom-Media (TNT, TV-3, Pyatnica!, TNT4, 2x2, TNT Music, Red Media Thematic channels (Kinokomediya, Rodnoe kino, Indiyskoe kino, La-Minor, Avto plus, Kuhnya TV, 365 days TV, Russkaya noch)), TV Channels focused on old TV Programs.
All Other channels are broadcasting in same picture format as program was recorded.
* Even when broadcasting 4:3 format programs
**Even when broadcasting 16:9 programs
 Serbia B92, Prva (programming in 4:3 is transmitted in its original format with logo changing its aspect ratio to match the aspect ratio of the program, idents are still being in 16:9), RTS (RTS1, RTS2, RTS3, RTS HD, RTS Satelit), Arena Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4 (also on HD), Sport Klub, Sport Klub 2, Sport Klub 3, Sport Klub 4, 5, 6, SK Golf, Cinemania, RTV Pink (some programmes airs in 4:3, recently most of the new programmes are 16:9), Happy TV (some programming still in 4:3).
 Slovakia All nationwide channels (RTVS, CME Slovakia, J&T, TA3).
 Slovenia All RTV Slovenija channels (TV SLO 1, TV SLO 2, TV SLO 3, TV Koper/Capodistria, TV Maribor, MMR TV), main private channels (POP TV, Kanal A, Planet TV, TV3 Medias, Gold TV), Top TV, POP BRIO, POP KINO, POP OTO, Sport TV 1, Sport TV 2, Sportklub+, Golfklub, HBO Slovenija, Net TV, RTS Maribor and all HD channels (TV SLO 1 HD, TV SLO 2 HD, POP TV HD, Kanal A HD, Planet TV HD, Top TV HD and others).
 Spain As of 2013 all nationalwide and regional channels broadcast in 16:9, which is the national standard for television. Practically all of the local TV channels broadcast in 16:9. 4:3 is still common on PPV channels. Older programmes filmed in 4:3 are transmitted in their original format or are zoomed to 14:9 pillarbox; stretched programmes are rare.

The first films were broadcast in 16:9 (PALplus) at TV3 and TVG in 1997. Transition to widescreen programs and commercials started on DVB-T only and regional channels like Neox, Nova, Teledeporte, TV3 (Catalonia) or Aragón Televisión in late 2008, and in main analog networks in 2009 (except TVE). HD versions of nationwide main TV channels, Antena 3, Telecinco, LaSexta and TVE (as TVE HD) were launched (or relaunched in the case of TVE-HD) in 2010. 1080i HD version of Cuatro was launched in 2012.

 Sweden Almost all main channels.
  Switzerland All channels.
 Turkey All channels.
 Ukraine UATV, English Club TV, 1+1 Media (TET, Kvartal TV), Inter Media Group (Inter, Inter+, Euronews Ukraine), StarLightMedia (except Novyi Kanal), Media Group Ukraine (except Eskulap TV), Tonis, 5 kanal, Channel 24, Espreso TV, 112 Ukraine, News One, ATR Group (ATR, Lale), ZIK (in HD), Black Sea TV, Poverkhnost TV (Sport 1, Sport 2), Music Box Ukraine, EU Music, Trofey TV, Dacha TV, HDFashion, 3s.tv, RTI.
 United Kingdom In 1998, with the introduction of digital television, digital versions of BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and Channel 4 were created. An On Digital set top box or a subscription to Sky Digital was required to view the digital versions.

On 1 July 2000, "C-Day", most of the UK broadcast industry began requiring commercials to be delivered in 16:9 full-height format (with a 14:9 safe area for those channels still broadcasting in 4:3). ITV and C4 upgraded their continuity suites to be 16:9 capable at the same time, allowing idents to be broadcast in widescreen format on digital.
In 2001, the UK's fourth broadcaster Channel 5 switched to 16:9.
In 2002, On Digital became defunct and free-to-air digital terrestrial television services instead began to operate under the name of Freeview.
In 2003, Sky branded channels were re-branded which included the switch to 16:9.
In 2006, BBC HD began broadcasting in 1080i which became the standard for all HD channels. Similar to the switch to Digital in 1998, viewers using terrestrial services required an additional set-top-box which was HD capable
In 2007, Channel 4 HD was launched on Sky. It was later added to Virgin Media in 2009 and then to Freeview HD in 2011.
In 2008, ITV HD was launched on Freesat and was later added to Virgin Media, Sky and Freeview HD in 2010.
In 2009, Freeview HD launched allowing terrestrial viewers to watch BBC HD and ITV HD without a subscription, a Freeview HD set-top box or television is required.
In 2010, Channel 5 HD was launched on Sky and Virgin Media.
In 2011, BBC One HD was launched on Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview HD.

As of 2012,
Almost all Freeview channels broadcast in 16:9;
Almost all Virgin Media/Sky channels broadcast in 16:9. The rest switched by the end of 2012.

In Oceania

Country Channel
 Australia All major free to air channels and almost all pay TV channels (including SD). Older 4:3 programmes are either shown in their original format or zoomed to 14:9 or 16:9.
 Fiji All channels.
 New Zealand Almost all channels.

In Asia

Japan's Hi-Vision originally started with a 5:3 ratio but converted when the international standards group introduced a wider ratio of 513 to 3 (=16:9).

Country Channel
 Afghanistan All channels.
 Bangladesh SA TV.
 Cambodia All channels.
 China CCTV channels 1-15, CCTV-5+, CCTV News. Older contents in 4:3 and news contents are stretched on SD variants of these channels as stretching on SD channels is common.
 Hong Kong All major channels since the commencement of digital television broadcasting in 2007.
 India HD channels were added by most DTH operators.
 Indonesia Kompas TV, BeritaSatu TV, NET., CNN Indonesia, Trans TV, Trans 7. HD channels are only available on digital terrestrial and digital satellite. Major television stations with national coverage are broadcast in 4:3 format.
 Iran All channels.
 Israel All main channels, including but not limited to Hot&Yes.
 Japan Japan pioneered in its analogue HDTV system (MUSE) in 16:9 format, started in the 1980s. Currently all main channels have digital terrestrial television channels in 16:9 while being simulcast in analogue 4:3 format. Many satellite broadcast channels are being broadcast in 16:9 as well.
 Kyrgyzstan All channels.
 Lebanon LBCI.4:3 Shows are stretched

National Broadcasting Network (Lebanon). Its in HD and has no 4:3 content. Future Television No 4:3 content

 Malaysia All HD channels and some SD channels available on Astro and HyppTV. SD variants of widescreen channels (such as Astro Ria, Astro Wah Lai Toi, Astro AEC, Astro Shuang Xing and Astro SuperSport channels) are usually letterboxed or cropped to 14:9 by Astro to provide compatibility to older set top boxes.
 Mongolia MNB & MN2, Edutainment TV, SPS, Sportbox.
 Pakistan Express News.
 Philippines ABS-CBN HD and a few pay-TV channels (most pay-TV channels in the Philippines are in 4:3), as well as some pay-TV channels that are in HD.
 Qatar All Al Jazeera Sports channels, Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, Qatar TV HD, all Alkass channels.
 Saudi Arabia All channels.
 Singapore All MediaCorp channels, however 16:9 contents look squashed on older 4:3 sets. Also, all 4:3 contents including news clips are stretched as stretching is common.
 South Korea All major channels currently feature 16:9 aspect ratio.
 Sri Lanka Colombo TV.
 Thailand All major channels since the commencement of digital television broadcasting in 2014.
 United Arab Emirates Alarabiya, MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC Drama, Ad Aloula, Al Emarat, Ad Sports HD 1-7, Ad Drama + HD.
 Vietnam All of VTC HD's channels, VTV channels, HTV channels and K+'s channels (selected programmes).

In the Americas

Country Channel
 Bolivia Always on 16:9: PAT, ATB.
Often on 16:9: Bolivia TV.
 Brazil Rede Bandeirantes, Rede Globo, Rede Record, Rede Gazeta, Rede TV!, SBT, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN Brasil, ESPN+, Telecine Premium, Telecine Action, Telecine Touch, Telecine Pipoca, Telecine Fun, Telecine Cult, Multishow, GNT, HBO, HBO HD, MAX HD, Gloob, Arte1, Megapix Sky Esportes, Canal Off, BIS, Canal Sony, History Channel, TBS, AXN, +Globosat, Warner Channel, Discovery Channel etc.
 Canada Almost all main channels.
 Chile Canal 13HD, Chilevisión HD, TVN HD, MEGA HD.
 Colombia All channels.
 Costa Rica All channels.
 Mexico National channels: Canal de las Estrellas, FOROtv, Canal 5, Gala TV, Azteca 7, Azteca Trece, Proyecto 40, Canal Once, Canal 22, Una Voz con Todos, Teveunam, Imagen Televisión, Excélsior TV, Televisa Regional, Multimedios Televisión, Milenio Televisión, Teleritmo, and some state stations broadcast HD signal.

Pay channels: Bandamax*, De Película*, Ritmoson Latino*, TDN*, TeleHit*, Unicable*, TL Novelas*, MTV*, MTV Live HD, MTV Dance, VH1 HD, VH1 Classic HD, Nickelodeon HD, Comedy Central HD, Paramount Channel HD, TNT*, Space*, Cartoon Network*, Boomerang*, TBS*, Warner Channel*, CNN International*, truTV*, FOX*, FX*, Fox Sports*, NAT GEO*, Film Zone*, Cinecanal*, Disney Channel*, Disney XD*, Disney Junior*, Discovery Channel HD, Discovery Kids HD, Investigation Discovery HD, Discovery Home & Health HD.
*SD and HD signals are broadcast in 16:9.

 Peru All channels.
 United States Almost all channels.

In Africa

Country Channel
 Libya Libya 24.
 Morocco Al Aoula.
 South Africa 16:9 is the standard broadcast format for most digital channels and all HDTV broadcasts all main channels.

See also


  1. The 2.39:1 ratio is commonly labeled 2.40:1, e.g., in the American Society of Cinematographers' American Cinematographer Manual, and is mistakenly referred to as 2.35:1 (only cinema films before the 1970 SMPTE revision used 2.35:1).



  1. 1 2 "Understanding Aspect Ratios" (Technical bulletin). The CinemaSource Press. 2001. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  2. US 5956091, "Method of showing 16:9 pictures on 4:3 displays", issued 1999-09-21
  3. Baker, I (1999-08-25). "Safe areas for widescreen transmission" (PDF). EBU. CH: BBC. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
  4. "Television in the 16:9 screen format" (legislation summary). EU: Europa. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
  5. "Product Planners and Marketers Must Act Before 16:9 Panels Replace Mainstream 16:10 Notebook PC and Monitor LCD Panels, New DisplaySearch Topical Report Advises". DisplaySearch. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
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