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What Do You Think of 21:9 Flat Panels?

Recently, I've answered a couple of questions about 21:9 flat panels; you can read my comments about them here and here. These ultra-widescreen TVs display 2.35:1 movies without the annoying black bars above and below the image as on 16:9 sets, and they can display a 16:9 HDTV image on one side of the screen and online apps on the other without overlapping.

So far, Vizio is the only company to announce 21:9 flat panels for the US market, which will be available "sometime this year" in three screen sizes—50, 58, and 71 inches (diagonal)—though no pricing has yet been revealed. Philips has offered a 21:9 set in Europe for a couple of years, but it's not available in the US. Will other manufacturers follow suit? I suppose that depends on consumer demand.

Which leads me to this week's poll question: What do you think of 21:9 flat panels? Are you eager to get one, or do you think this just another gimmick designed to sell more TVs? Once you make your selection below, please leave a comment explaining your choice. Opinions seem to run hot on this topic, and I'd love to hear yours!

Vote to see the results and leave a comment about your choice.

What Do You Think of 21:9 Flat Panels?