So we finally got a LCD TV. Its a 32 inch Sony BX320. We researched a lot and were confused between Sony and Samsung but finally we decided on Sony (being their loyal customers for like 30 years now!) Now i must confess that I don't know much about HD TVs. However, one thing I did know and had already forewarned my parents that the regular cable will not look as good as it does on the normal "Non-Widescreen" TV. This as you know is because we get cable reception in the 4:3 format and LCD TVs have a format of 16:9. So everything on the cable is stretched to fill the wide screen. But my Dad really doesn't like the stretching of the picture and says it was better with the old TV and he wants the Zoom setting to be kept at "Standard" so that everything is according to proportions. The problem is that with this setting there are really annoying black bars at both sides of the screen. So i need to ask a few questions about this from you guys:
1. Should i get Digital Cable? Is it in 16:9 resolution? Which Digital cable service provides this resolution? Sun TV (Now DWN)? PTCL IPTV? DishTV?
2. Should i get normal Digital TV or HD Digital TV? I have heard there are HD set up boxes with TataSky and DishTV.
3. Just want to confirm if this is a channel specific issue or cable specific issue? Since i noticed that some channels: ARY News, CNN, BBC have black bars at top and bottom part which make the stretching issue a bit less obvious.
Thanks for your answers.