O.k. fellow HT nuts. Here I have the real size of your widescreen tv when watching DVD movies. Sorta a conversion chart. Old crt full screen TVs are 1:33 aspect ratio. Your widescreen standard TV aspect ratio is 1:78. Most movies are made in 1:85 and 2:35, so you're gonna get the black bars at top and bottom becase the ratio is longer to fit intop your standard widescreen of 1:78. Of course this whole thread is based on if you DO NOT use the zoom button and watch the movie in its purest form. So if you're watching a 1:85 movie on your wide screen you lose 2 inches diagonally. Watch a 2:35 movie and your TV loses 4 inches. Watch movies beyond that like 1963 movie: "Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in 2:55 you lose even more. These figures are measured diagonally from top corner to opposite bottom corner. So for example below using a 50 inch widescreen TV: Watching 1:85 movie: Your 50 becomes a 48 TV Watching 2:35 movie: Your 50 becomes a 46 TV In my opinion, always buy a tv a little more in size than you're looking for. If you want a 48. Get a 52, etc. because its gonna shrink viewing wise when watching movies. Of course regular tv watching is o.k. and stays at 1:78 with no black bars.