I discovered something kinda strange on my TV last week. I was playing an anamorphic widescreen disc in my Panasonic DVD player and the black bars were very large on my 36" Panasonic TV. My Panasonic DVD players zoom function is not progressive and only works to fill the screen one time. I rarely use it but my wife said she thought ther picture was just too small on our screen. I have the DVD player set to 4:3 letter box in the setup menu so I went in and set it to 16x9 mode. After reinserting the DVD, I noticed that the black bars were much smaller, but the picture area was the same as in 4:3 letterbox mode. I did some comparisons using still picture mode to confirm that the picture was the same 4:3 Letterbox as in 16x9, and it was, that is nothing was cut off on the sides. However, set to 4:3 pan & scan, a lot of picture was cut off. Since 16x9 mode yeilds the same picture area and quality as 4:3 letterbox, but with smaller black bars, should I leave it in 16x9 mode for all anamorphic widescreen movies? My wife likes the smaller black bars at top and bottom.