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The only thing is, it seems that CBS stations are actually sending out that signal, the same one that's caused some cable viewers to get their CW affiliate's broadcasts in "zoomed" format, with the sides of widescreen shows cut off.
Our CW station's engineering department told me they're doing it because the standard is being set by CBS, which owns half the CW.
Seems CBS's choice is that if someone's watching their shows on a 4x3 screen, they want it to display fullscreen, not letterboxed. (Not sure if this is on all their shows, or just some, like NBC is doing.) Thing is, I've only become aware of this because of still having analog cable, and the cable company is feeding the "zoom" signal thru their equipment, and so the analog feed gets the 4x3 picture instead of letterbox.
I've given up recording SMALLVLLE off analog cable for this reason. I now record only off the digital side, or off an OTA converter. (Happily, the CW OTA feed for some reason doesn't switch to "zoom" like it does with NBC. The "zoom" signal only affects the cable feed. Weird.)
A side point...
From what I understand, there are areas where the CBS stations DO have sub-channels, because that's the only way some areas ended up with the CW. As sub-channels of another TV station on its digital broadcast. Usually this would be a sub-channel of the CBS station, which makes sense.