…or is it just me?
You go to a public place that has a wide-screen TV. A restaurant or bar, or sports bar, for example. You’re having your hamburger and fries, or maybe a Cobb salad (that would be me). Every now and then you glance up at the TV to see what’s going on.
And what you see is distortion. Usually, bodies much wider than they really are. All out of proportion, looking very strange and also strangely heavy. I suppose for football games, that’s considered a good thing. But for anything else, I find it very disconcerting.
It can happen in motels, too, which is even worse. Settle down to watch some mindless show, and the actors and actresses all look about a third wider than they should, and it’s impossible to fix because the remotes in motels won’t let you do it.
It seems a rather simple thing to get the settings right. I did it on my own TV at home, which isn’t the widest of screens but is fairly large. It took some doing, but once it’s set, it’s done. I would think that in a public place it would be even more important to get the picture correct. But the problem is so ubiquitous that I begin to wonder whether anyone notices or cares.
[ADDENDUM: Aha, aha! Found a kindred spirit, and one who actually (unlike me) knows something about the technical aspects. I'm not alone after all!!]