so i'm at sears the other day getting the kids portraits done and i decide to go an oogle over the flat screen selections. the salesman comes up and starts in on his bit and we eventually get onto the topic of the HDTV format and blah, blah, blah. anyway, he proceeds to tell me that THIS YEAR, all cable/local/satellite channels will only be able to be viewed on a 16:9 HDTV fomat. i call his bluff and he is adamant about it and then proceeds to tell me that they're going to can all of their smaller, non-hdtv models when this switch happens. i again tell him he's full of it because media companies would lose A LOT of money when the majority of the nation is unable to view their shows and commercials. so is there any merit to this guys story at all... i mean, i can see an eventual change-over within a decade or so but simply flipping a switch and oops...your tv doesn't get cable anymore sounds a bit stupid.