I just submitted an e-mail request to HBO reqeusting widescreen. My message was as follows: "Although I have heard many highly favorable comments about the original programming and movies offered by HBO, I currently have no intention to subscribe to HBO or any other premium channel. Why? Because I refuse to pay money to watch mutilated movies. Seeing movies presented properly on DVD, I simply cannot return to the "modified to fit your screen" pan and scan presentations currently offered by HBO and others. The constant camera movements, the loss of intended cinematography, the feeling of claustrophobia are all difficult to accept after seeing the beauty of a proper widescreen presentation. No, I don't have a widescreen television, I just have a 32" Sony. But I have grown to love DVD, in part because of the proper presentation of movies. The 5.1 sound also helps, but you now feature Dolby Digital on many of your films. Why offer all the sound but only part of the picture? Since I realize many of your subscribers may prefer the "fullscreen" presentation, I know you may not be able to switch entirely to widescreen, as you may lose a few customers in the process. However, I would like to suggest that you devote at least one day per week to showing movies in their original aspect ratio. For example, Wednesday; call it "Widescreen Wednesday!" Promote yourself as THE premium network to see movies as they were meant to be seen. If HBO could promise that every movie would be shown at least once in its proper aspect ratio, I would subscribe to HBO in a second. Again, I'm not asking for a complete changeover to widescreen, just one day per week where every movie is shown properly, regardless of its original aspect ratio (1.33:1; 1.85:1 or even 2.35:1). Or at least a promise that ALL movies will be shown at least once in their proper format. Please consider this request, and I look forward to your response. Thank you for taking the time to read this message." I'm sure my message will be ignored, but it was worth trying. If they do happen to respond to my request, I'll post it here. I'm not holding my breath, but a polite request can't hurt. I'm not expecting miracles, but you never know. Steve K.