As a Wizards fan who is new to watching TNTHD, I didn't have much fun watching the Wizards drop a game to the Timberwolves last night--whether in HD or not. I did get some chuckles, though, from watching all the SD commercials being shown in stretch-o-vision. All those fat, extra-wide faces, heads and bodies looked awful. Great! I couldn't have distorted them any better myself. Viewing a stretched SD film would be the pits, of course. No more TNTHD for me until Dec. 8, when they air the Wizards vs. the Pacers.
Ogbuehi, you wrote in #155: There are couple of channels that do that. HBO, Showtime, and Starz stretch material just to say that it is hd even though it is upconverted.
As I type, the Showtime HD channel is airing the 2001 film Stealing Time in the SD 4:3 format with pillars. (I have Cox Comm. cable in Fairfax County, adjacent to you in Alexandria.) Might you be exaggerating what some of the Premium movie channels do?