Originally Posted by TimSH
Also, Wally-World has a Magnavox unit (actually a DVD recorder and a combo DVD recorder / VCR) that, although the manual says it won't record 16:9, a thread in another forum implies that it will actually record the 16:9 program "if" the display size is set to 16:9. That is, when you play it back on a 4:3 set, it's "squished".
Then it isn't recording the flag. It is recording the 16:9 aspect, but not the flag.
If it records the flag, then playback will be like the following (assuming your DVD player's output aspect matches the TV's aspect)
16:9 program on 4:3 TV will be letterboxed with DVD player output set to 4:3 letterbox ("bars" on top and bottom)
16:9 program on 4:3 TV will be full screen cropped with DVD player output set to 4:3 Pan and Scan
16:9 program on 16:9 TV will fill the screen
4:3 program on 4:3 TV will fill the screen
4:3 program on 16:9 TV will be pillar boxed (bars on sides)
With the flag at no time should you see a distorted image unless of course you DVD player is not set up correctly.