If you’re watching NPT on analog cable on a 4:3 aspect ratio set, you may notice that NPT looks slightly different than it did a month ago, when letterboxed images were being cropped by the provider to fit your set. Now you’re getting a slightly cropped, slightly letterboxed version that is a compromise between the smaller “bread box” version or cropped version. We hope this satisfies our viewers dismayed at the cropping.
The evolution of the letterbox-cropped to bread box to slightly-letterboxed and cropped (whew) makes for a great read over at I Do SO Have a Life, the blog of Mark Kelly Hall, who details his exchange on the topic with NPT VP Kevin Crane (and does a better job of explaining it than I ever could).
Thanks for hanging in there with us Mark!