If possible, tune to 29-1 in Charlottesville and your problem will be solved. Sooooo much better PQ and SQ.
Thanks, I've tried. When I can pick up Charlottesville, it looks great. Unfortunately it's an iffy proposition with my present setup.
Currently in Richmond, ABC and CBS are unstretched and excellent. NBC, and now Fox, are going with the stretch for SD shows. (They do offer a low-bandwidth 4:3 multicast, but the quality is nowhere near as good.)
We can only hope that as the numbers and sophistication of digital viewers rise, and the technology improves to make burn-in a non issue, stretch-o-vision will disappear.
Even when HD becomes the norm, there will always be a backlog of 4:3 content, from old academy ratio movies to TV's golden oldies. That content should be respected and shown in its original aspect ratio, not pulled like taffy because some people want to have every inch of their widescreen display filled.
At least give people the option to stretch or not as they see fit. Making it mandatory is the wrong approach, IMHO.