Dear HDTV Broadcasters:
It isn't right to stretch standard definition TV (SDTV) or 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the screen and call it HDTV. I would rather have black bars on the left and right side of the screen than to see people's heads stretched horizontally. Round circles become eggs. It looks dumb and gives me a headache.
It REALLY isn't right to take a letterboxed SDTV 16:9 broadcast and then only stretch it horizontally and leave the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Y'know, you can actually stretch THOSE pictures proportionally and make it fit a 16:9 display without distorting the picture.
Yes, this means you History Channel, TBS, and everyone else who screws with stretching pictures.
For those of you who feel slighted when you watch a HD channel and it has black bars on the left and right side of the screen: If you really feel like you have to have a stretched picture, then learn how to use your fscking TV set and press the button that does that (most, if not all, wide-screen TVs have it). If you have the HD DVR that most cable companies use, that function is the "Picture Size" option you see when you press the "settings" button. Stretch it yourself.
Very Truly Your's,