I'm visiting a friend last night who has a new modern wide screen 16:9 HDTV. We are watching regular TV over that however, in particular Survivor. It was very obvious, a regular square screen video was being squished down into the 16:9 format as the people were fat and short.
So tonight I'm at my dad's watching Man vs. Wild on a really old square screen TV and there are top and bottom horizontal black bars on the video. This makes me think ok, this is filmed in 16:9 format and they are preserving aspect ratio by adding the bars. Except it seemed Bear's head was being cut off in certain scenes.
So I don't know what is going on here. Most new TVs are of the 16:9 wide screen format yet I don't want to buy one if broadcast aspect ratio is being compromised to fit the image on the wide screen format.
Maybe somebody can tell me what the deal is here.