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August 15, 2004 8:30:54 PM

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Until I discovered this n/g I thought installing an HDTV would be
a no-brainer. Just plug it in, turn it on and voila -- instant
high quality picture, especially for DVD's, just like I see
on demo in the video stores. After all, aren't they designing
these things nowadays so that even Mr. Average Joe Couch Potato
can just plug and play?

Well after reading a few articles it became obvious that things
aren't that simple. So I went looking for the FAQ. I didn't find it,
but did find a lot of material, most of it too technical for me,
at least at the moment, and as if that weren't enough, there seem
to be some hot political issues as well.

Can anyone recommend an HDTV primer on-line? I mean, the real basics.

The bottom line is this: there have only been a few movies that
truly scared me:

* _The Birds_ by Alfred Hitchcock, espcially the scene where
birds' beaks are hammering through a wall to attack the people
inside, scattering wood chips and splinters.

* _The Empire Strikes Back_, where the big Imperial snow walkers
are advancing on the attack.

* _The Dark Crystal_. This may not be particularly impressive
when viewed on a small TV set, but I first saw it at the movies,
and it was quite an experience. For instance the Crystal Bat
is just a dark blob on regular video. But when you can view it
in detail you can see exactly how mean, ugly, threatening
and insidious it really is.

This is why I want HD, to view movies at a picture quality
that reasonably approaches the way they were meant to be seen.

Sean

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Anonymous
August 15, 2004 8:50:38 PM

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A couple of places to start:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/index.php
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/consumer/what.shtml
http://www.hdtvprimer.com/
http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/


"Sean" <no.spam@no.spam> wrote in message news:411F8FEB.4592DBA0@no.spam...
> Until I discovered this n/g I thought installing an HDTV would be
> a no-brainer. Just plug it in, turn it on and voila -- instant
> high quality picture, especially for DVD's, just like I see
> on demo in the video stores. After all, aren't they designing
> these things nowadays so that even Mr. Average Joe Couch Potato
> can just plug and play?
>
> Well after reading a few articles it became obvious that things
> aren't that simple. So I went looking for the FAQ. I didn't find it,
> but did find a lot of material, most of it too technical for me,
> at least at the moment, and as if that weren't enough, there seem
> to be some hot political issues as well.
>
> Can anyone recommend an HDTV primer on-line? I mean, the real basics.
>
> The bottom line is this: there have only been a few movies that
> truly scared me:
>
> * _The Birds_ by Alfred Hitchcock, espcially the scene where
> birds' beaks are hammering through a wall to attack the people
> inside, scattering wood chips and splinters.
>
> * _The Empire Strikes Back_, where the big Imperial snow walkers
> are advancing on the attack.
>
> * _The Dark Crystal_. This may not be particularly impressive
> when viewed on a small TV set, but I first saw it at the movies,
> and it was quite an experience. For instance the Crystal Bat
> is just a dark blob on regular video. But when you can view it
> in detail you can see exactly how mean, ugly, threatening
> and insidious it really is.
>
> This is why I want HD, to view movies at a picture quality
> that reasonably approaches the way they were meant to be seen.
>
> Sean
August 15, 2004 11:54:41 PM

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Phil Ross wrote:
> A couple of places to start:
>
> http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/index.php
> http://www.digitaltelevision.com/consumer/what.shtml
> http://www.hdtvprimer.com/
> http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/
>
>
> "Sean" <no.spam@no.spam> wrote in message news:411F8FEB.4592DBA0@no.spam...
>
>>Until I discovered this n/g I thought installing an HDTV would be
>>a no-brainer. Just plug it in, turn it on and voila -- instant
>>high quality picture, especially for DVD's, just like I see
>>on demo in the video stores. After all, aren't they designing
>>these things nowadays so that even Mr. Average Joe Couch Potato
>>can just plug and play?
>>
>>Well after reading a few articles it became obvious that things
>>aren't that simple. So I went looking for the FAQ. I didn't find it,
>>but did find a lot of material, most of it too technical for me,
>>at least at the moment, and as if that weren't enough, there seem
>>to be some hot political issues as well.
>>
>>Can anyone recommend an HDTV primer on-line? I mean, the real basics.
>>
>>The bottom line is this: there have only been a few movies that
>>truly scared me:
>>
>>* _The Birds_ by Alfred Hitchcock, espcially the scene where
>>birds' beaks are hammering through a wall to attack the people
>>inside, scattering wood chips and splinters.
>>
>>* _The Empire Strikes Back_, where the big Imperial snow walkers
>>are advancing on the attack.
>>
>>* _The Dark Crystal_. This may not be particularly impressive
>>when viewed on a small TV set, but I first saw it at the movies,
>>and it was quite an experience. For instance the Crystal Bat
>>is just a dark blob on regular video. But when you can view it
>>in detail you can see exactly how mean, ugly, threatening
>>and insidious it really is.
>>
>>This is why I want HD, to view movies at a picture quality
>>that reasonably approaches the way they were meant to be seen.
>>
>>Sean
>
>
>
I second the avsforum!!
Clay
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August 16, 2004 4:44:01 AM

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> high quality picture, especially for DVD's, just like I see
> on demo in the video stores. This is why I want HD, to view movies at a
picture quality
> that reasonably approaches the way they were meant to be seen.

I'm not sure what "demo" you are refering to, but DVD's are not High
Definition. DVD is a standard 480 resolution, either interlaced or
progessive depending on your DVD player and TV.

High Definition DVD (HD-DVD) is still about a year away. The only option
for viewing movies in HD right now are either from broadcsast (Over-The-Air,
cable, satellite) or D-VHS (Digital VHS).
Anonymous
August 16, 2004 8:18:12 PM

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"Eric" <none@nospam.not> wrote in message
news:10i0eshrpleu510@corp.supernews.com...
> High Definition DVD (HD-DVD) is still about a year away.
>

I have heard some people say as many as 10 years away. It wouldn't surprise
me either, look how long it has taken HDTV to get where it is.

--Dan
August 16, 2004 8:18:13 PM

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> > High Definition DVD (HD-DVD) is still about a year away.
> >
>
> I have heard some people say as many as 10 years away. It wouldn't
surprise
> me either, look how long it has taken HDTV to get where it is.
>

I hope not!

I keep telling myself that HD-DVD (or, even better, HD-DVDRW!) is only a
year away. :^)
(Or BluRay, BluRayRW?, of course.)
August 17, 2004 4:58:19 PM

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Eric wrote:

> > high quality picture, especially for DVD's, just like I see
> > on demo in the video stores. This is why I want HD..
>
> I'm not sure what "demo" you are refering to

The video stores with dozens of TV screens, big and small,
all fed from the same signal source; you can see the difference
in picture quality between regular and HD sets.

> but DVD's are not High
> Definition. DVD is a standard 480 resolution, either interlaced or
> progessive depending on your DVD player and TV.

Where the signal source is a progressive scan DVD player with
component video cabling, a HD widescreen shows a better
picture than composite video on a regular screen. I suppose
this could be called "pseudo HD"...?

Sean
!