dwckim said it best. I think that certain PBS stations don't realize that when these shows were made they WERE made to be in widescreen... and I think both those certain PBS stations and SW screwed up insanely with this. SW, for not thinking about people without widescreen TVs or the shortsightedness of certain stations who wouldn't want to broadcast the show in that fashion anyway. They could have simply kept the WS stuff sure, but just made sure the words and important actions would take place in the 1:33:1 aspect ratio. For the longest time, that's what happened to movies so they can go straight to video. And of course, the PBS stations FOR the shortsightedness. Worst part about full frame TV now is that it's full frame in widescreen in full frame and the letterbox has a letterbox too.