I rarely watch television (preferring to watch DVD), but the other day I was watching a bit of "Stargate" on Sci-Fi. The program is broadcast in widescreen (about 1.85:1), but as I was watching it, I felt that it did not really take advantage of the widescreen format. The camera still made rapid cuts from one character to another during conversations, and most characters were shown in the close-ups typical of the 4:3 format. Why film in widescreen if your shots seem to be composed for 4:3? It also made me realize why many people don't have a problem with P&S versions of movies: they are simply accustomed to close-up shots and rapid cuts from one character to another, since that is how most television programs are filmed. Having grown to love widescreen, I find the closeups and rapid camera movements very irritating, but now I can understand why most people don't seem to notice it. I realize that television directors are much more accustomed to the 4:3 format than the 16:9 format, and it may be a while before they learn to use the wider format effectively. I also realize that even if they don't take advantage of the widescreen format, more television shows (and commercials) being filmed in widescreen may at least help to acclimate the public. I've never heard anybody complain about a widescreen program, and certainly not a widescreen commercial or music video. What are your thoughts? Steve K.