Do all widescreen TVs squash the image?
A friend of mine got a new 42" widescreen LCD TV recently. He loves it! I saw it the other day, and I hated it! All the people looked squashed to me. The news anchors had unnaturally broad shoulders, and dancers had short legs.
I didn't want to hurt my friend's feelings or dampen his enthusiasm for his new toy, so I didn't mention this. But someone else commented on it. The TV owner didn't seem surprised. He said the screen had three modes, and he demonstrated them. One turned the picture into a square, leaving the sides of the screen blank. The second made everyone look normal, but it cut off the tops of their heads and also cut off part of any text running at the bottom of the screen. I believe the third mode was called Stretch. That's the one he uses all the time, the one that squashes everyone.
Is this what everyone experiences with widescreens? I have to say I was really unimpressed. Yet widescreens are about all you can find these days if you go shopping for a TV.