In television technology, widescreen signaling (WSS) is a digital stream embedded in the analog TV signal describing qualities of the broadcast, in particular the intended aspect ratio of the image. This can be used by a widescreen TV or other device to switch to the correct display mode.
525 line systems made a provision using pulses for signalling wide screen and some other parameters in a similar manner to PAL and SECAM. However, no video player generates them and no NTSC compatible TV (including multiformat) recognises them. Accordingly, unless the wide screen is signalled via an alternate means (such as the wide screen discrete signal on SCART connection), the TV has to be manually switched between 4:3 and 16:9.