Just wanted to let anyone interested know that Crutchfield has now listed the Panasonic 32HL43 and 36HL43 models. As far as I can tell the only difference is that the HL43 models now have a DVI/HDCP port on them. Crutchfield says that they only do the anamorphic squeeze on 1080i, just like the HX/HL42 models. But they've been known to be wrong about that kind of stuff in the past, so don't take it as gospel. I personally think that if they don't squeeze on at least also 480p that Panasonic is making a(nother) big mistake.
One other interesting thing is that there are no HX43 models to be found, or at least not yet. Of course given that retail on the HL43 is $300 cheaper than last years HL42, and $200 less than the HX42, they probably don't need to both lines. I wouldn't be surprised if you could pick up a 32HL43 for under $1000 street by the end of the year... Almost makes me wish I didn't take the plunge last year... Almost
Edit: I see that some places already have the 32HL43 listed at under $900, and claim it to be in stock...
Yet other sites list "anamorphic DVD detection" as one of the Panasonic's capabilities. I wouldn't go by Crutchfield's description alone. Unfortunately, calling Panasonic is of little help. When I did that, I had to leave a message—asking about this very same issue—with a technician. He called back more than a month later.
Even more dismaying is how useless the actual manufacturer's Website can be.