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Every Netflix Original TV show and movie has a BIG tech secret — have you spotted it?

A TIKTOK tech guru has lifted the lid on a little-known Netflix trivia.

In a recent video, user Adam Grasso explained a “secret cinematic trick” the US streaming service is using to make its original content look better on your TV.

TikTok user Adam Grasso has lifted the lid on a little-known Netflix trivia

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TikTok user Adam Grasso has lifted the lid on a little-known Netflix triviaPhoto credit: Tiktok

The quirk is the reason why some shows and movies available on the platform have black bars appearing at the top and bottom of the screen.

“You’re probably familiar with seeing black bars on your TV screen,” Adam posting under the username @heyadamgrassocalled.

“The ones used by Netflix are actually a bit smaller.”

He added that this is because Netflix films have an unusual 2:1 aspect ratio – meaning images are twice as wide as they are tall.

The result is a larger picture than 16:9 or 2:35:1, the most popular aspect ratios for television and movies, respectively.

Adam explained, “Two-to-One, aka Univisium, is favored by a lot of Netflix shows.”

He added that because 2:1 images are both tall and wide, they’re great at conveying scale horizontally and vertically.

“Shows like The Witcher can feature epic vast landscapes, and the strange creatures in Stranger Things have enough headroom to give viewers a believable size,” Adam said.

The 2:1 aspect ratio was invented by visionary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.

He is an Academy Award winner who has worked on many classic films including The Conformist and Apocalypse Now.

In the late 1990s, Storaro realized that the rise of widescreen televisions with a 16:9 aspect ratio was the future of movie viewing.

However, most films were not shot in this aspect ratio, meaning viewers at home would not see the director’s original vision.

Surely you have noticed this dissonance while watching the film at home. To bring a wider cinematic picture to your TV, thick black bars fill in the gaps above and below the film’s frames.

Storaro came up with the 2:1 aspect ratio as a compromise that would ensure his films would look good on both home TVs and much wider cinema screens.

Netflix adopted it as the movie standard to ensure its content works on TVs, smartphones, and in cinemas.

Adam said, “Until we’re all rich enough to afford giant cinema screens in our homes, this is probably the best middle ground for enjoying cinema content on our 16:9 screens.”

The unusual aspect ratio explains why black bars sometimes appear at the top and bottom of the screen when watching Netflix Originals

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The unusual aspect ratio explains why black bars sometimes appear at the top and bottom of the screen when watching Netflix OriginalsPhoto credit: Tiktok

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