Going Widescreen? Do the Math!

If you’re planning on upgrading to an HDTV or other widescreen 16:9 format TV, you may actually be losing screen space when viewing standard video 4:3 signals. The simple math is that a standard picture on a widescreen monitor will be roughly .81 times the size of the overall display, but if you’re too lazy to do the actual math, C|Net has a handy calculator that can show you how much space you’ll be losing on a widescreen, or conversely, how much space you’ll be gaining when viewing a widescreen signal on a conventional monitor.