Vizio has begun selling its Cinemawide TV, which has an ultra-wide, 58-inch screen that gets rid of black bars when viewers watch movies.
The TV, which went on sale online Wednesday, is built with movies in mind and removes the black bars above and below with its 21:9 aspect ratio to give a more theater-like feel when watching most movies. The super-wide screen has a resolution of 2,560 by 1,080 pixels and is LED.
A Vizio Web page compares an image on the Cinemawide with that of a traditional widescreen.
The Cinemawide also is a 3-D TV and comes with four pairs of 3-D glasses. Irvine-based Vizio says the set provides flicker-free 3-D and a clearer and crisper image that is twice as bright as other 3-D sets.
Officially christened with the tongue-twister name of XVT Series Cinemawide LED Smart TV with Theater 3D, the set is a smart TV and runs Vizio Internet Apps, which include Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Pandora and others.