[ I'll start off by saying that after today, I might not even use my own suggestion. I went today to a local store to take a second look at the "JUST" mode in the Panasonic 47wx42 (I'll buy the 53wx42 in the next few days) and cannot say I find it objectionable. I watched several channels of local OTA TV and was please with what I saw. ] Now to the important part: If you have one of the new Panasonic RPTV's or another 16:9 RPTV with split picture-in-picture, consider the following simple alternative for watching 4:3 material in its original aspect ratio without the risk of burn in inherent in the infamous 4:3 mode of the set: I was playing with the picture-in-picture feature of a 53wx42 at Circuit City and realized I could have the main picture on the left side of the screen occupying the whole height of the TV and at the correct aspect ratio and three small screens, one on top of the other from three TV channels, occupying the remaining space with no grey or balck bars anywhere. With this in mind, you could do this every time you want to watch 4:3 material in its correct aspect ratio and mask the portion of the screen with the little screens with a piece of cloth or anything you can later remove to watch 16:9 material (kind of like in the movie theater). You would have to feed actual TV channels to the little screens somehow. Disadvantages: 1. Putting the mask on and off is a hassle. True, but it's a small price to pay, especially if you don't watch 16:9 material as much as you do 4:3. 2. Bringing up the PIP every time is a hassle. Yes, but you could programm a sequence of steps on a learning remote controller with macro capability to do this for you at the touch of a button. 3. Horizontal resolution is wasted on the little screens. Exactly, but it is also wasted on the grey bars on the 4:3 mode, if I'm not mistaken. I decided to post this idea because I have not seen it dicussed before and I'm sure at least a few of you could benefit from it. Especially those who don't like the stretch modes. Feel free to comment, correct and voice your opinnion on it for the benefit of everyone. FINAL NOTE: If you are considering buying a 16:9 HDTV and are tentative because of the stretch modes, make a point of going to a store and see it with your own eyes. You may find it's not too bad. Make sure you are watching actual 4:3 material, though. Most stores are always looping demos in 16:9. Look at the 4:3 TV's displaying the same signal. If people look tall and skinny, it's 16:9 material. Much regards to all and enjoy your TV's.