I can't believe it! Other than for their own productions, HBO is stubbornly refusing to broadcast in the 16x9 format, thereby creating those "irritating black bars" on the sides, so Joe Six Pack has to zoom in anyway, further ruining the composition. A 1.78:1 ratio, at the very least would seem a no-brainer to me. I'll stick with TCM. Which brings me to two questions before I subscribe again to a way-y-y overpriced satellite service... 1. Does TCM broadcast in 1080? 2. Are these broadcasts recordable? If so, does one record onto standard DVD's only, thereby compromising the resolution? Blu-ray blank discs are way too expensive still for casual recording.