Sorry, rant off now. I am still working on zooming in the "mini 16:9" to fill my screen.
My favorite version of this problem on Spike SD is when one of the shows that now shoots in 16:9 HD, plays some old footage from when the show was shot in 4:3 SD. So, you get a 4:3 image window boxed into the 16:9 current format of the show, which is then letter boxed into the 4:3 format of the SD version of the channel which is window boxed on to my 16:9 screen. I think the image covers, maybe 15 - 20% of my screen.
One thing I was told a while back about HD is that for Zooming, or Stretching or any of that stuff, you will need to decide if you want to use the box OR your TV to do it. Because the General Rule of Thumb is that if you do both you will wind up with double the effect and a big mess! (Such as double-stretch or double-zoom.)
If you have cable, dish, U-Verse the box is what you should be using, or whatever your third-party receiver is. Use either that or the TV but not both. It's also a good idea to write down your menu settings before you change them.
For the user above about the programing question, did your issue only relate to Spike TV, and/or only an issue with Spike TV programing?
I hope you get Spike TV-HD soon!!!! Have you checked with your division and gotten others to request it too? The more, the better!!!!
We are kind of getting OT about TWC Navigator, but the HD element is a very important element of the TV experience, so it's easy to see how all of this interrelates to each other.
Each division has different levels of channel capacity. TWC-NYC has the most. My Wisconsin region is pretty well-off with over 100 HD channels. The only channel that we don't have, that I would want that is not currently planned for my division is HBO-On Demand-HD. Very impressed with our divisions HD offerings.