Hey bob, I only wish I could have your problem right now! Unfortunately I wasn't able to watch the game in HD lastnight because my ABC and ShoHD
weren't working again.. Crapcast is sending a tech out Monday to look at the lines outside my house.. I doubt that will do anything because I'm already getting HBO, CBS, and PBS just fine.. I probably got a bad box and will have to wait to get a good one. Great I love to wait! As for your TV question I think that depends on if your set is a 4:3 or a 16:9. I think that if its a 16:9 you still get very small black bars I'm not sure though. However I have a Sony 4:3 tube and you will always have black bars on that when viewing HD content. Is your Samsung a widescreen? Or does it just have a widescreen mode? Thats odd that you were able to switch between widescreen and panorama during the game. I didn't think HD would allow you to change the stretch modes. I don't have a widescreen so I don't have a lot of experience with stretch modes.. My tube has an anamorphic mode for watching such DVDs which I believe allows you to retain all the resolution of the movie while cropping less of the film. However I can't use it when watching HD. Could be wrong but then again I'm no expert! What I have seen on HBO so far has been pleasing to the eye. I actually watched half of a Jennifer Lopez movie because it looked so damn good. Normally I would rather watch grass grow over any movie she's in! If you haven't already you should go into the setup menu and adjust your output settings. Display types are 16:9,4:3 letterbox,or 4;3 pan n scan ( I use 4:3 letterbox). Component outputs are 1080i, 720p, 480p. Since my display won't accept 720p I'm on 1080i, pretty sure yours doesn't either. Finally 4:3 override which I have on 480p. I'm sure you already know all this but if it helps it helps.. Can't wait for my crappy analog hockey tonight! Go artifacts! I mean Ducks.. Later..