When High Definition TV was designed by nerds, doctors, and engineers, they were unable to set the aspect ratios on the TV sets automatically. So the standards committees left the aspect ratio adjustments up to people without Ph. D.s and without Masters’ Degrees in Electrical Engineering. The TV logic was too complicated for the experts to define the aspect rations, so the common person was given the hard work. Waitpersons at restaurants are given the task of doing to an HDTV what a thousand engineers could not do: make an accurate TV display.
Conclusion: April 2014
HDTV looks much worse than standard definition televisions. Corporations have failed to provide any High Definition televisions to be viewed in coffee shops with correct aspect ratios. The HDTV standards committee members sell restaurants Distorted Definition and insist that the common folk clean up their mess.