The other night I was flipping around the channels on cable, and noticed that AMC, TCM, and IFC were each showing movies in widescreen. The movie on TCM was in CinemaScope, even. I smiled at my good fortune, as I will often watch at least half an hour of anything on one of those channels if it's being presented in OAR--some of those movies have never been released to video in the US in any form. Then it occurred to me that my mother-in-law, who's over 60, watches AMC almost exclusively. My mother as well (she's over 60 as well). Indeed, I bet that the proportion of older viewers watching AMC and TCM is high relative to other channels, given the content of those channels. Yet, I have never once heard either of them complain about widescreen--and I know for a fact I've never discussed widescreen with them. Thus, a segment of viewers often written off as "uneducatable" as to widescreen actually either don't mind it, or prefer it as to pan & scam. I wonder if there isn't some way to link public support for (or at least the lack of protest against) widescreen movies on cable and widescreen on VCR. For example, people who see a great movie on widescreen on AMC are going to notice something is wrong when they are inspired to go buy the DVD and find out that a big chunk of the picture is missing. Maybe there's some other way to do this. I just wanted to throw this out to the membership in the hope that savvier minds than my own could think this over and come up with something useful.