While I probably won't be able to afford a new TV for another year or so, what's turned me off from getting a 16x9 set is the gray bars on the sides when showing 4x3 material. This would drive me nuts watching anything in a dark room, so if I do get a 16x9 TV it MUST have BLACK bars on the side. I don't watch regular TV anymore but I still have enough older movies and made-for-video stuff that it's important to still be able to show 4x3 pictures. I really don't think burn-in is a big risk on a non-projection set unless you like to have the contrast cranked real high; I always keep the contrast all the way down. Do any TVs at least let you change the gray bars to black using 'service mode' controls or from somewhere inside the set? Call me crazy, but while I'd prefer to get a 16x9 screen, given the choice I'd still rather watch widescreen material with black on the top and bottom than have to watch 4x3 with gray on the sides. One more thing- do DVD players send a signal that will automatically switch the TV between 4x3 and 16x9 mode? I've heard some TVs can do this but my friend has one that doesn't so he has to manually switch the picture depending on what's being shown.