Originally Posted by marke1
That's a good question as this would be my first Hi-Def TV. I have no idea what percentage of programs I watch would still be in 4:3.
It's pretty easy to tell. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. How much do you watch premium channels (HBO etc.) and network stations (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX) that have high-def versions?
2. How much do you like Discovery Channel programs?
3. How much do you like sports?
4. Are you getting a high-def player soon and going to buy all new movies, or rent a lot from NetFlix?
5. How much do you play HD video games (XBox 360, PS3)?
Positive answers to the above questions favor HDTV.
6. How much do you watch other cable channels?
7. How much do you watch DVDs?
8. How much do you watch VHS tapes?
9. How much do you watch low-res digital movies (AVIs, MPGs, etc.)?
10. How much do you play pre-HD video games? (XBox, PS2, GameCube, Wii)?
Positive answers to these questions favor SDTV, although admittedly you asked about 4:3 and some newer programs in SD are letterboxed. It's fun to zoom up Stargate and various TV movies even if it magnifies their imperfections.
For me, I watch a lot of standard def (Sci-Fi, Cartoon Network, History Channel, Travel Channel, Food Network, Discovery Channel (only a small number of programs are on the HD Discovery Channel)) and DVDs. We haven't gotten any HD equipment yet for our TV, aside from a little cable. It's been great to watch Lost and Heroes in HD, but other than that and an occasional fun program on Discovery Channel, we just have a big nice looking TV which at least, to our eyes, doesn't ruin the SD experience.
That said, I'm very much looking forward to HD-DVD and XBox 360, and eventually maybe PS3.