Has anyone noticed the metallic silver color of the current 4:3 television cases and bezels? I hadn't given it much thought myself, until I had to purchase one recently, and now I'm a tad bit suspicious of it all. Recently, our all black case and bezel 4:3 television "died". We feared it could not be repaired and, facing an upcoming house purchase, decided to get by with a cheaper 4:3 model for a while and postpone the big 16:9 upgrade for later. We looked at Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy and noticed that every single 4:3 television we saw had a metallic silver case and bezel, except for one with a light grey bezel. We've always owned an all-black TV, but picked out one of the all-silver models without giving much thought to the color. That is, until we got it home and watched a letterboxed movie. The light-colored silver bezel around the picture tube made the black letterboxing stand out in contrast and be very noticeable. It seemed to "box in" the picture making it feel smaller. On our old black TV, letterboxing simply blended in with black bezel while watching the program. Not being used to it, the wife and I both found it a bit distracting on the silver set and, for the first time, actually understood why some people say they prefer "fullscreen" movies instead of having "those annoying black bars" on their screen. They really can be annoying if you're not used to them and are using a light colored bezel. Now, I don't want to accuse the television manufactures of a large-scale conspiracy because maybe the current color of televisions is nothing more than the home electronics equivalent of a fashion trend. However, I keep having this nagging thought that if you wanted to sell more 16:9 HDTV's later then it would be a good idea to get as many letterbox-unfriendly 4:3 TV's into the homes of consumers today. Just to clarify, we'll always think OAR is the only way to go, but at least we have some insight in to why some people may dislike it. In the end, we were very fortunate and found someone willing to repair our old black-only television so the silver one was quickly returned. Anyway, it's just our experience with a new TV and I thought I would share it.