Why don't people understand widescreen TV? Is the concept just too difficult for the general public?
It seems to me that most people buy a widescreen TV and then expect to watch every programme in widescreen. They don't seem to understand that most TV shows weren't made in widescreen and therefore you can't watch them in widescreen without doing something nasty to the picture. To watch a standard (4:3) picture on a widescreen (16:9) screen you have three options:
In all of these cases you get to see the picture distorted in horrible ways that the director never envisaged. I can't believe it doesn't annoy people to watch characters who are 30% wider then they should be.
And do you know where people get these bad habits from? Most of the shops selling widescreen TVs have them on display in one of these distorted modes. Surely if you're trying to display a TV to its best advantage ("see how it enhances your viewing pleasure") you'd go to the effort of tuning it to a channel that was actually broadcasting in widescreen.
They say that the camera adds 10 pounds. An actress friend once told me that widescreen TV makes it even worse. I now realise she was right. but it's nothing to do with the technology - it's down to the stupidity of the audience.