Seems to be an odd issue happening lately with Sky One where programmes are fading to black but with sound every time the “Next” graphic is meant to display. Surprised nobody at Sky has noticed this as a few people have reported it on Twitter, unless playout is unmanned at the weekend?
Also, have they forgotten they have more than two idents? Over the past couple of weeks I've set all day recordings on a number of occasions and have only seen Dominoes and Microwave Popcorn in use - no others.
Though in the US on the Simpsons World streaming site when it first launched, those psuedo-HD versions were the only ones they had available- the outcry was so big that the proper versions went up pretty quickly.
It's not just the cropping, it's the processing they've gone through to make them look sort-of HD, it's pretty awful, and would be even if they'd kept it in 4:3.
Thankfully I don't think Channel 4 have shown any of those versions, yet anyway.