Originally Posted by nickdawg
Ahhh, but this is where it the debate over who has the money begins. Are the advertisers and media more concerned with the, what is it now 25% with HDTV, or the larger portion with standard TV? As impressive as the growth of HDTV has been in the past few years, unfortunately we will still be ignored until at least 60 or 70%. It's already obvious in cable TV. They would rather cater to the larger section of the customer base that want analog only cable on their TVs than cater to the customers(who pay far more) who want more HDTV channels.
Not nearly as true as it once was. FiOS killed the last of their analog channels 2 months ago, RCN is working on doing the same, and Comcast is in the process of converting a couple major markets to only having limited basic on analog. The rest of the MSOs are slowly trimming their analog lineups to make way for HD, and the trend will only continue as D*, FiOS, and U-verse continue to press their advantages. Cable is starting to figure out that there's not enough money to be made when most of your customer base is paying $40/mo for expanded basic and nothing more. Yes, they're pushing the low-end crowd a bit to bring in new subs because of the transition, but they also realize that the real money is made selling HD, VOD, and PPV, and that can be seen in the heavy advertising push for those services.
It's also not really a move "back" but a continuation of what has been going on for several years. If you look at shows like "Two and a Half men" and "CSI" along with FOX offerings like "House" and "Prison Break", they're already capable of being viewed in 4:3. Only one lone network(also the lowest rated, by chance) has been ranking out non 4:3 material and another is starting to try it.
NBC changing their policy to require that shows like The Office and SNL be made 4:3 safe would be a step back, just like going from HDNet's 16:9-only framing to the 4:3 framing on Versus and TSN is a step backwards for hockey.
Plus, the networks should get something worth watching on TV before we worry about how it is presented. Network TV isn't declining because of how it is presented, it is declining because of what is being presented. Some of the absolute crap on network TV today, much already in HD, couldn't even be saved by "ultra, super, special, 3D HD".
True, but you can take some of the best content out there, chop n' crop it to 4:3 and have some douchebag from TBS walk on and advertise his latest show, and I still won't watch it. Content is certainly important, but doing a lousy job presenting it is just as likely to drive viewers away. The 1200 posts in this thread certainly speak to that.