Originally posted by emonroe726
I agree with you, 16:9. I am not understanding what the purpose is of having a widescreen tv if folks don't want the screen filled up? What am I missing here?
OAR! I say show everything OAR and purchase a TV/tuner that can be setup to display the picture in the format of your choice (full, zoom, wide zoom, stretch, squeeze, crop, whatever); let the viewer decide the method of viewing and not the broadcaster. Some stations do a good job at stretching 4:3 material, while others do not...same with TVs and tuners.
Personally, I want everything (1.78:1, 16:9, 4:3, 2.35:1) shown "as is" and preferably in HD, that's why I have VOOM, Cable HD and two OTA antennas. Most polls I have participated in support people wanting OAR 75% of the time. The more you know about DTV and HD, the less you will support stretch-o-vision.
"I am not understanding what the purpose is of having a widescreen tv if folks don't want the screen filled up?"
Just because I have a widescreen TV that doesn't mean I want the unused area to display grotesquely stretched and distorted images. Likewise, just because I have a TV that certainly doesn't mean I want it turned on 24/7/365 nor do I watch it at every available opportunity. Anyway, this is just my personal opinion and others will certainly disagree. This debate will continue until more material is broadcast in anamorphic 16:9.