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On my own TV, the setting that produces a true widescreen picture on a digital channel will produce a picture distorted in exactly the same way as above when playing a Standard Def channel that's running a letterboxed picture.
What's happening there is the recorder is being fed a composite or S-Video picture, which is getting the black bars into the recording. (The recording has a letterboxed version of the widescreen program, in a 4x3 frame.)
The TV needs to be changed from the widescreen setting to "zoom". (Right now the letterboxed recording is being stretched left and right, but not up and down.)
Being set on "zoom" will make the TV increase the size of the picture and push the edges of the letterboxed image to the edges of the screen, in the correct aspect ratio.
The setting you use on your TV for widescreen channels isn't the right setting for the letterboxed output coming from a recorder. Switch it to "zoom" and all should be well.