LED TV: What Is The Best Format For Viewing, 4:3 Or 16:9 (Widescreen)?

Last Update Date : May 03. 2018

Aspect Ratios Examples

16:9 Aspect Ratio

4:3 Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio Examples On TV's

16:9 Aspect Ratio

4:3 Aspect Ratio


The best format for viewing depends on the format of the program you are watching. If you are watching a program that is being broadcast in the standard, 4:3 format, use 4:3. If you are watching a program that is being broadcast in the widescreen (16:9) format, use 16:9.

Important: Many external devices have their own aspect ratio that will affect the image on the TV (Stretching, zooming, croping, etc.)


  • Most standard deffinition channels often broadcast in the 4:3.  HDTV channels often broadcast in the 16:9 format.
  • Even though 4:3 and 16:9 are the two standard size formats, if you don't like the size of the picture you are watching, you can often change it to one of several other sizes.

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