i like the concept of widescreen TV's so when i watch a letterboxed film, the entire screen is filled up. but as i've been looking at different kinds of widescreen TV's i notice on a lot of them the picture is distorted. usually everything on screen looks either stretched or compressed. this bothers me, and is the major reason i have not bought one.
is there some button or something that can be switched to format the screen correctly? and what happens when one is watching regular TV. are there black bars on the sides to frame the screen, or does the widescreen TV automatically crop the picture?