Well, my 43 inch Hitachi (43UWX10B) was delivered yesterday. It will be a week before my Dish 6000 receiver is up and running and so I have no HD to watch at this point. That smooth stretch mode that only stretches the outside parts of the picture is not really very attractive. Yes, I have read about how in one week I will not see it anymore. The truth of the matter is that I do not want to become oblivious to distorted images. So that leaves me watching a lot of programming in 4X3 mode with gray bars. The manual has a small section on picture burn-in. It says to stay away from video games, stock market quotations, computer generated graphics, and other fixed (non-moving) patterns. Are those gray bars fixed (non-moving) patterns? It does not specifically name them. If they are, why would they build them into a TV a mode that does destruction and is not covered by the warranty? I am hoping that they are acceptable, for those "fat people" are giving me a headache.