We sat down to watch a movie we had tivoed a few weeks ago -- Heidi on AMCHD (oldie, but yeah, whatever) -- and the annoying this was that it was broadcast in that "distorto" mode where a 4:3 picture is stretched to fit a 16:9 screen. I find this really annoying -- practically nauseating. Why can't broadcasters can't even get this aspect ratio stuff right?
We had the same problem with a show on IFC a few months ago, and checking around online it seems that they were getting their feed from some Canadian satellite and their broadcast was misconfigured, and there was supposedly no way IFC could compensate.
Same thing with News Hour on PBS -- lots of video segments are often in the wrong aspect ratio -- can't they see when it's wrong?!
I guess I just need to vent... but this continually drives me nuts. And why can't tv manufacturers give you an ability to reverse compensate for these annoyances. I wonder if we'll ever get out of this 16:9 vs 4:3 hell-hole.