Originally Posted by ktviengineering
You are correct.... Aspect ratio and image quality are completely independant. For an example, take a look at KSDK's news where only their studio cameras and graphics are HD. Any video in the show is 16:9, but standard definition.
It's funny that they've become the same in everyone's mind though
Much of their outside-studio video is SD. KSDK began with 1 HD field camera when they launched last February. They now have two. One usually follows the lead-breaking story of the day...the other is usually assigned to one of their feature stories.
I think, next month, once Nightly News launches in HD, NBC is going to have an advantage in the 5-6pm time slot. I personally prefer KTVI news, but given the choice of HD over SD, I'll be watching NBC/KSDK. It is, after all, only the news.