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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:46 PM
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Since some of you apparently need an education about HDTV, a few comparisons. (Dial up warning.)
This image is the kind of quality that you'll get in ordinary TV.



This next one is "EDTV" resolution: more or less what you'd get from a good progressive-scan DVD player hooked up to a good quality TV.



And this is HD, either from broadcast/satellite/cable or a Blu-Ray disc.



Any questions?
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:47 PM
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1. So HDTVs are just really big TVs?
:P
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:49 PM
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2. Take the teenie peenie pic and resize it to the big juicy pic and compare both those.
That'll knock peoples' socks off in terms of quality and detail.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:00 PM
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8. Good recommendation. See inside.
Standard TV:



HD:

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Billy Burnett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:50 PM
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3. I get it now. HDTV is like a sewer line running straight to the ocean.
:+


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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:57 PM
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6. That's a collapsed pier, clown boy. :) nt
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:07 AM
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23. LOL!!! That made my evening.
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jdlh8894 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:52 PM
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4. Still looks Black & White on mine eom
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:52 PM
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5. What time is it kids?
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 07:53 PM by SpiralHawk
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jkshaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:00 PM
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7. When I reduced the HD version to the same size as
the regular tv picture, I couldn't see much difference, wraith.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:01 PM
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9. Check out post 8, and you'll see the difference. nt
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:02 PM
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10. Try increasing the size of the non-HD versions to the HD size instead
That would be closer to a real life scenario, I'd think.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:08 PM
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11. In a nutshell, more detail
You have more lines of pixels, so you can get finer detail.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:20 PM
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12. I like HD
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:31 PM
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13. My very first TV had a 4-inch diameter ROUND screen.
Needless to say, it was black and white. There was one TV station in town (Grand Rapids Mich), and they were off the air for more hours each day than they were on the air. A lot of times all you could get was a "test pattern" with a picture of an Indian chief and of a bunch of criss-crossed lines. Just like this one: http://www.moderntv.com/modtvweb/special/freegif-bw1i.h...
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:32 PM
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14. The difference is real obvious on some shows/movies.
Not real significant on some things, but I love nature documentaries and the difference is huge. It's great for sports to, my Dad called me up the first time he watched hockey in HD and was just thrilled how easy it was to see the puck at all times.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:03 PM
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17. Did you watch that Journey to the Edge of the Universe
on National Geographic HD? That was fantastic.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:36 PM
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15. Instead of working on bigger sharper pictures, How about working better programing.
200 channels and the most intellectually stimulating is the cooking chanel.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:58 PM
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21. Watch HBO.
Deadwood, Rome, Generation Kill, Band of Brothers. All of them over and done, but they get replayed sometimes. Best shows on television.

Also The Tudors on Showtime and Battlestar Galactica on SciFi. Both coming back early next year, though you might want to go back and watch both from the beginning, so they're more accessible.

Oh, and The Shield from FX.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:44 AM
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24. I don't have cable. I can't see the expense.
I know what's on because my friends have various tiers of cable.
My entertainment is reading non-fiction and occasional movies (and DU).
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:53 AM
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27. But "Ow My Balls" won't be funny without a clear picture!
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:46 PM
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16. What If You are in a Fringe Area?
You can say goodbye to that snowy picture,
if the signal isn't strong enough, you get no picture at all!

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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:53 PM
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19. That's digital, not HD.
Digital TV exists independently of HD.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:09 PM
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18. so?
what is your fucking point?
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:56 PM
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20. the EDTV pic looks best to me...
the HD pic is way too bright on the eyes.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:03 AM
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22. HD makes the picture bigger?
j/k :)

The mantis shrimp can see 100,000 colors. I'm just sayin'.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:46 AM
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25. I like the small one best.
:)



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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:50 AM
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26. so, basically,with HDTV
I will be able to see the electron spinning in the atom thats whirling in the cell of the hair follicle on the gnat sitting on the goat's tail atop Mt Everest...right?
:P
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:16 AM
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28. I'm ok with my picture on my 13".. $50 Magnavox
I don't see all that well to start with, so SoooperDoooper HD would be wasted on me..and hubby usually watches the war Channel.. or the Dead-Movie-Star channel...all B & W.. :)
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drbtg1 Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:53 PM
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29. Yeah, here's a question: Do you feel, like me here sometimes, that it would be more productive....
...just to bang your head on a wall? Yeah, I put a couple of posts in that "WTHeck is Blu-ray?" thread too, but with some people around here, the response runs from apathy to disrespect.

Your attempts are worthwhile, as educational efforts often are. I thought that should be noted.
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