Originally Posted by Runch Machine
Yes, I don't stretch 4:3 programming. If I want to see wide and fat I look in the mirror.
One of the nice things about METV is that they broadcast it in 16:9 format but the station adds the black bars so your TV doesn't have to.
I usually leave my set on 16:9 and just accept that a program broadcast in 4:3 could look distorted depending on whether the station has anything in its signal to specify how to handle a 4:3 program. I'm not sure, but it seems to me that when a station has the capability to broadcast in high def on a channel, then the station puts some info into the signal to tell the set to put vertical bars on either side for programs that are in 4:3 and not try to stretch the picture to fill the full 16:9 space.. But if the channel itself is strictly standard definition, then the 16:9 setting on my TV set will enlarge the standard definition 4:3 picture to 16:9 and that can cause slight distortions.
There are also other settings such as "set by program" and "zoom", but those don't work very well. In fact, the "set by program" setting seems almost random. I can never figure out with that setting why one thing has bars on the sides, another has bars on the top and bottom, and yet another is full screen. Or sometimes the main programs will look OK but the commercials will look funny under that setting.
Most of the time, the 16:9 setting works best for me.
I did wonder why it was that Me-TV always looked pretty good even though it is only 480i.
I didn't know they broadcast in 16:9 so that the image will not be distorted on a widescreen set.