Netflix Is Cropping Your Movies
It's cutting off the sides to fill screens
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2013 8:51 AM CDT
Updated Jul 21, 2013 9:39 AM CDT
In this Oct. 1, 2011 file photo, a Netflix DVD envelope and Netflix on-screen television menu are shown in Surfside, Fla.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

(Newser) – Hey, film fans: If you're using Netflix, you may be missing out on what's happening at the edge of the frame. Apparently, the service is bowing to those viewers who want films to fill their screens, even at the risk of chopping some off. The movies in question are those filmed in the "Scope" format, Flavorwire notes. Normal widescreen has an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, while Scope offers 2.39:1.

That means, without cropping, even a widescreen TV would show black bars at the top and bottom of the picture. Netflix is cutting off the sides of such films, and it's doing so without telling viewers, Flavorwire complains, offering several visual examples via What Netflix Does. "This may sound like nitpicking, but these are issues that matter for those who care about movies," writes Jason Bailey.

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Aug 5, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
LETTERBOX is not new. A movie going to dvd is cropped by the studio that owns the film. The scope features will have the top and bottom cut off. This also occures in the Theatrical versions even though most people dont notice it because the screen masking will change when going from Flat to Scope as it is know in the Film Industry. Most newer tvs can be adjusted to 4 or 5 different positions to get the best picture possible. If you want perfection, take that $7.99 you spend each month and go to a movie theater. That 8 bucks may get you a ticket?
Jul 23, 2013 6:27 PM CDT
Seriously? Remember what broadcast TV used to do to movies before wide screen with unnatural pan shots and mixed widths. Complain about something worthwhile!
Jul 21, 2013 11:46 PM CDT
i haven't noticed this being a big problem but if you're a stickler for accuracy you can always just rent the dvd instead of streaming.