Yes, it would be great if there was an aspect ratio embedded in the broadcast and all receivers could give us the option of what we wanted to do with each possible aspect ratio. But the industry has had trouble agreeing on the existing HD standards and getting HD rolled out in general, so it's hard to hope for much. As HD gets more accepted, more programming will be shot in 16x9 and then some of those with 4x3 TVs will be complaining about black bars (at least if they want DTV or HDTV...)
Hey, as of about 4:00, it looks like KKTV-DT (11-1) is off the air, at least for me. Can someone else verify that it's down, so I know it's not a problem with my equipment? They had been on the air for such a long streak; I hope nothing expensive broke.
Also, KXRM-SD (21-1) is up, but I've been noticing 2 problems: The picture seems jittery, as in there's some vertical bounce, and the audio seems to be a fraction of a second behind the video, for example, when a baseball smacks a glove, the sound is a little late. Both of these are noticeable with Saturday afternoon baseball, and some of the video jitter is really the centerfield camera bouncing due to wind. But the graphics even seem to go up and down a little bit on my display. I tried setting my receiver to 480p/i instead of 1080i, but it was basically the same. Does anyone else see this?
As for KRDO, it would be great if they get their HD going early on in the Monday Night Football season. But whatever happens, at least we're better off for digital signals than Denver! Then again, I think I read that the metropolis of Little Rock, Arkansas, has a whole bunch of full-power HD OTA stations.