OK, it's a silly question. What I mean is: If I buy a 42" TV, is there a screen mode or viewing mode that will allow me to watch TV in 36" window on the screen with a black border round it.
We have a 36" screen now, but my wife doesn't want a larger screen. She thinks she'll get a headache watching it. If we can watch 'ordinary' TV on a 36" window-type-screen, then the grandkids and I can watch movies, etc, on the 42" "unwindowed" normal screen.
I don't think I've explained myself very well, but I hope you get my meaning.
its not meant to be pronounced as a word. its actually an acronym. ssdd stands for "same sh*t different day" which i first heard in the movie dreamcatcher. i then decided to add an x to the end to it. i could think of a reason why it makes sense but i just liked it.
i asked you what type of television (lcdtv, old projection tv?) for a reason and also how far you sit back for a reason. you may want to note if you have any room behind the tv or behind the viewing area for moving furniture.
here is a THX recommended chart for viewing size vs viewing distance
as you can see the further you sit back the smaller a panel looks. so the tv would appear to be the same size. even if you sat the same distance away it is likely not going to be a huge difference.
if you were upgrading from an old projection to a new 1080p tv you want the extra size since it has more detail. the same is true with a 720p tv to a 1080p tv.
does your wife get a headache from watching television normally with you? if so do you have ambient lighting around you when you watch tv? are there reflections on screen from that lighting? do you watch in a dark room? how far away do you watch from? do you know if she is sensitive to backlight flicker?