Found this at michaeldvd.com.au : Blockbuster asking for 4:3 DVDs? - by Shane L There has been a rumour spreading about Blockbuster putting pressure on the movie studios to make DVDs in 4:3 formats in preference to 16:9 due to supposed "consumer demand". After contacting Blockbuster in Australia about the benefits of widescreen formatting (where relevant), their response was as below: I'm not sure where you would have heard that Blockbuster put in a request to major studios that supply their films on DVD for them to supply them in Pan and Scan or Full Frame formats instead of Widescreen 16:9, but nothing could be further from the truth. I think a friend mentioned he had heard that rumour on the internet, but I can assure you that it simply isn't the case. I couldn't agree with you more that Widescreen is here to stay and is a vastly superior format. In fact, I personally have gone out and purchased a Widescreen television to take advantage of the enhanced experience and I "strongly encourage" studios to offer the "Widescreen" viewing option whenever possible. The good news is that Blockbuster has exactly the same position as you do and I share your belief that as the public becomes better educated on the benefits of Widescreen they will share your view. Regards, Phil McNutt Director of Product Blockbuster Australia Excellent news for the aussies. I suspect that a firm the size of Blockbuster has some influence. I wonder if the same corporate view exists here and in the US.