Re: Rumor: TNG-HD is a-coming
Original footage has a safe action area with an aspect ratio of 1.37:1, its televised at 1.33:1. They used that, then stretched it by 5.8%. Top and bottom was cropped.
But let's be honest. Can seasons three thru seven Riker afford to get any wider?
J.J. Abrams didn't change Star Trek, audience expectations did.