Widescreen programming

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‘Just curious… Can someone explain why for many years, we were told how a square screen TV actually cut off the sides of the program on TV, but widescreen provides the whole program. Thus, today’s rectangle-shaped TVs provide the entire screen image. Understood. The question is, now HD programming cuts off the sides and provides a squared image. How is that better? That HD logo and those bars on the sides of the screen are distracting. Sometimes, during a scene, people who were intended to be on camera are chopped out partially or entirely. Seems kinda redundant. Just wondering why and how is that better?
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