No flame, but is burn in a serious consideration? How much SD material would you be watching on Fox47? I have heard CRT's really don't even need to worry about it anyhow (if you have a CRT).
I voted for pillar box, but I would vote black as well (I have a 4:3 so it would match the black from the letter box--making it a postage stamp). I would most likely be watching in zoom (so I wouldn't see the pillar or the letterbox), so I am not adament, but black gives a better contrast from the 'outside' world.
Anyway, i heard the LCS's is going to be the first airing of Baseball in HD on Fox (so tomorrow sox vs. yanks would be the one). We will be able to see if the splicer is working tonite though, because it will be widescreen not 4:3 stretched.
Correct me if I am wrong, but you can also tell if the HD is being passed correctly if there is a Fox 'bug' in the lower right of the broadcast. After reading some FOX threads, it sounds like corporate insert the right logo into the transmission each the affiliate gets.
On a side note, i might be wrong, but I was up late on saturday night, and I believe I saw WWE Bottom line in HD. The bug was in, and the reception was pretty clear. I don't watch WWE, but I thought it was interesting that it looked
hd, yet 12 hours later Football wasn't.
Originally posted by arockTo voice the minority opinion - I would prefer the 4x3 material to be streched. I'd prefer not to burn in either the sidebar material or the line between the sidebar and the picture. If I really want regular aspect ratio, I can choose amongst display modes with the remote on my TV. When you broadcast the pillarbox, I'm locked in to the static sidebars sitting somewhere onscreen.
For movies, I'm definitely in favor of OAR. But any 16x9 display is going to give you display mode choices to get 4x3 streched material to look the way you want. If you go pillarbox, someone will still be unhappy (witness the black vs. gray preferences above). There - now you can flame me.