Originally Posted by NYMan
I think you represent the minority.
I bought a 50" TV and I want to watch my TV using all 50".
Sadly that seems to be the true mentality out there in the general population. "I have an XX'' TV and I want to use ALL XX'' of that screen." Plus the viewers have it in their minds that HD = full screen. Hell, even I was thrown off by ABC's showing of "Peter Pan" in 4:3 HD.
I blame retailers for part of this. If you go into any Big Box store and look at the HDTVs, they're 16:9 all the time. Usually a loop of movie promos, network TV promos and nature programming like Discovery HDT. The uneducated masses see this and bring their HDTV home expecting the same results. Except then the TV is connected to regular cable or satellite or even an HDTV service, which is not 100% HD all the time. They're completely thrown off and confused why the picture doesn't look like the store. Or without an HD service, many HDTVs come pre-set so the S-Video, Composite and even RF cable in(OUCH
) come pre-set to "wide" or "full" settings that "fill the screen". To the untrained eye, this 480i stretch may look OK. "People look wider and shapes are different on widescreen TVs".
"An OAR riot"? I'm shocked more people haven't jumped on this one. Except that cropping for 16:9 is not as bad as stretching, relative to aspect ratio altering methods.