Thanks for your reply. A light bulb has gone off in my brain and it is getting brighter! Thank you so much for putting me on the right path.
I'm new to all of this new digital xmission/aspect ratio/big screen tv stuff, but I'm learning quickly. This forum is such a valuable resource for learning, another great reason to have bought a Samsung.
I first looked into my cable company's signal source. I am bypassing their box and going directly into the tv. What I just realized, after taking the time to explore this, is that the major networks now have signals coming into my tv in multiple forms. For example, NBC now appears in my channel programming as channel 5 and as channel 5-1. Channel 5 is an analog signal (the one that features the short fat people). But channel 5-1 is their new digital signal (which I was unaware of since our cable company does not choose to inform us of these facts), and, wow, what a difference! The digital signal is amazing and the people look normal. Problem solved there.
However, with my cable company, at least for now, the major networks are the only channels providing the digital benefit. I am assuming the rest will follow by the appointed date. I can't talk to them today, as they apparently took the day off for the holiday.
So, on those other channels, to eliminate the short fat look, are you suggesting that I select the 4:3 aspect ratio? My problem with that is the unfortunate addition of the black bars, which my Samsung manual says is to be avoided as much as possible because of the pixels being affected by burn-in I believe? They make quite a big deal about this and say it is not covered under warranty. Would the best solution be to just go with the short fat look on those channels until digital transmission becomes mandatory on all channels?
Thanks once again,
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