I have noticed this month a number of network shows that have abandoned the whole “protect for 4:3” workflow. Both The Office and SNL have had scenes with characters with speaking parts scattered across the 16:9 frame, like they were shooting a Robert Altman film.

The question moving forward for those who will be watching downconverted HD content on legacy 4:3 screens- will you watch the full frame image and lose some characters, or use the letterboxed view and tolerate the slightly smaller image?

If you get local channels through cable or satellite, like I do on a couple of TVs, will you have a choice?


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