Hi, PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!! I am looking around for a Rear Projection television at the moment. The trouble is I know nothing about normal 4:3 and widescreen 16:9. I have recently moved to France from England and have around £1500 - 1600 to spend. Just looking around in the shops I have found 2 I like. One is 4:3 format and the other is 16:9. I dont think they are available in England under their French model numbers. The 4:3 is a Sony set and the model number is KP41PX1 (£1500 with stand). The 16:9 set is a Thomson Scenium model number 44RW67ES (£1600). My head is totally pickled looking at the 2 of them. My girlfriend watches a lot of episodes of Friends and films we have taped off Sky digital (not the widescreen channel). We have looked at the Friends video in the shops and when the Friends video is watched on the Thomson it seems to stretch the picture to fit. On the Sony this should be no problem as it is 4:3. The Thomson does play a variety of formats (4:3, 16:9, Zoom 16:9, Cinerama and 14:9) but when I looked at the 4:3 format on the screen it reduces the size of the screen used. The Sony set is a 41 inch and has a 50Hz refresh rate on the screen where as the Thomson is a 44 inch and has a 100Hz refresh rate, I was lead to believe this was important? The sales guy in the shop was steering us more towards the Thomson saying it is a better machine and that in a year or two programs worldwide will be in 16:9 format. Is this true? I would hate to make the wrong decision as this is a lot of money to spend and I expect to make one purchase and not change it later on. If you would like I could send you full specs but for now I have just attached an image of each television. PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME!! Thanks, Paul.