Twice in the past month I've had friends purchase their first widescreen HDTV. In both cases, the friends are at a distance, so I'm unable to be with them when they're setting up the new TV. Also in both cases, they are told to go into the DVD players set up menu to "tell" the player that it's now attached to a widescreen set ------ and there is NOTHING THERE! Is it possible that on very inexpensive players the manufacturer has simply dropped the ability of the players to adjust for 16X9 displays? From both friends I'm being told stories of using the anamorphic expansion mode (to properly display "enhanced dvd's") and they are getting black bars, even though the film is supposed to be 1.85:1. With the wider scope films, they are getting what one of them describes to me as a "ribbon" across the screen. Both friends have ended up using one of the various other modes to somewhat correctly display the DVD's, though at the cost of image resolution or distortion of image. Both friends seem to understand what's supposed to be taking place, but both claim there is no place in the dvd players menu to set it for a 16X9 TV. Is this possible or are we just not communicating correctly?