Originally Posted by myapplebuddy
90% of TV is SD, yes. BUT, I would say anyone with an HDTV does not watch 90% SD and 10% HD. I have an HD front projector setup and for me personally it's 90% HD and 10% SD. However, I also subscribe to Dish so there's tons more HD material to choose from than most cable/Direct TV subscribers. When I do watch SD programs, I watch them in their native format with black bars on the sides. I can't stand stretch modes, even the best ones on the nicest plasma screens. I'm still perplexed that so many 16:9 HD set owners insist on having the entire screen filled with something no matter what they're watching! It's actually not that bad letting 4:3 actually display in it's native format with black bars on the sides - you just have to get used to it. For me it would take far longer adjusting to the "elliptical balls on the pool table" than just letting 4:3 display as 4:3! Just thought I'd add my own thoughts FWIW.
I never stretch my 4:3 to widescreen because of course it is going to make it look worse. I have a 622 and have used it on a 60" SD RPTV and a 65" HDTV and think the picture looks fine on both. I do think it is funny though that people keep saying dish is so bad at SD, I what there source is. Years ago when I got my 60" SD RPTV I did some research and found that the experts opinions, in the various A/V magazines, and found that because large TVs magnify every issue with the SD signal it was best to go with Satellite. Now this was before cable had digital signals, maybe they have improved, but back then there was a major difference.
I use and HDMI interface and send my SD signal at 1080i and think they look fine. I however, may be easier to please because I am coming from a 60" SD set and the bigger you go the worse SD will look.