Originally posted by walk
HDTV is 1.7777777777777777777777777777~
1.85 movies on HDTV will probably fill the screen even if not intentionally stretched to do so, simply due to overscan.
The driver in DVD sales at the Wal-Mart level is still NTSC (not HD) for the simple reason that Wal-Mart sells very few HDTVs (the situation at Sam's Club, is, unfortunately even worse). Decisions are made there based on price (in terms of hardware) and the selection of widescreen titles at Wal-Mart has been, from my own observations, *abysmal*.
For this reason, I've been buying my DVDs (practially all widescreen) at Best Buy (or, if BB is out of stock, Border's). I have no 16:9 TVs (yet), but I do most of my DVD watching at my PC (where all is progressive-scan by design/default) so I can deal easily with 16:9.
Also, when I *do* get a 16:9 bedroom set (and I am looking seriously at the 30" Sceptre available via Costco.com) I'll be ready.