Originally Posted by FordGT90Concept
They are used more often than not. The only thing I ever seen with the black strips are 1080i/1080p films in order to maintain their 16:9 ratio. Almost all 3D applications are capable of using 16:10 if they can do 16:9. I'm playing GTA IV right now, for example, and it has no black bars. Dragon Age: Origins has no black bars. Tropico 3 has no black bars. Borderlands has no black bars. Only old games might but that is most likely because they are incapable of anything except 4:3 making the whole point of 16:9 vs 16:10 irrelevant.
If you run a 1080p film windowed on a 1920x1200 monitor, you can see the film and also have access to your Start menu/taskbar. On a 1920x1080 monitor, the taskbar would have to cover up some of the film or shrink the film down to less than 1080p.
i take it you missed the example earlier, where dragon age was shown cropping a 16:9 image to make the 16:10 - you got less image, not more.
and why would i run movies windowed? if i'm opposed to black bars, i'm sure as hell going to be opposed to a start menu.