I really have not pay much attention but do they still make big screen tv in 4:3 format? Other than plasma, I don't think you have to worry about burned-in problem; I know you don't have to worry about it with DLP. I think most tv will be able to zoom in so that the black bar isn't there (I don't like the look but it's there).
I have an old hitachi CRT projection from 1991 which i like. I only use basic cable. I want to replace it for now with a 60 inch or 46 inch and want what i have now picture wise. No bars etc. I do not have HDTV nor digital cable but would consider upgrading to that(digital) i Just want the big picture of news etc. If i bought a tv just with 4,3 ratio would i just get what i have now??? Its stupid since the HDTV signal is not here yet nor there is barely any programs in that format plus its a cable money maker. I just want my basic cable and a big picture with no bars and flattened bodies. Any ideas. In Connecticut