Widescreen...we're getting jacked!

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Bastards! They can take their crappy 4:3 Ratio TV's and shove'em! It pisses me off to no end that users in the UK and beyond can purchase FLAT 28" Widescreen TVs for $850US while we're stuck with 30 and 34" Widescreens for $2500 freakin dollars! Can't Americans get a little love too! After I purchase my 27" 4:3 TV..it will be my last of that Aspect Ratio. Sony, Toshiba, Sharp, etc...you bastards better have affordable Widescreens in the US or forget our money!

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  • Reply 1 of 12
    dogcowdogcow Posts: 713member
    Arn't there more important things in the world to bitch about than the kind of TV you watch?
  • Reply 2 of 12
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    [quote]Originally posted by Dogcow:

    <strong>Arn't there more important things in the world to bitch about than the kind of TV you watch? </strong><hr></blockquote>



    What would you rather me bitch about George W or the myriad of political bullshit that doesn't really concern me? I don't watch much tv but when I do I want to see it as best as I can. Why should we Americans spend top dollar and get less? I'm not trying to save the world Dogcow...just make it a little better
  • Reply 3 of 12
    aries 1baries 1b Posts: 1,009member
    [quote]Originally posted by hmurchison:

    <strong>Bastards! They can take their crappy 4:3 Ratio TV's and shove'em! It pisses me off to no end that users in the UK and beyond can purchase FLAT 28" Widescreen TVs for $850US while we're stuck with 30 and 34" Widescreens for $2500 freakin dollars!</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Are you serious?



    If so, I'm waiting for the goddamned europrice. Screw them.



    Aries 1B
  • Reply 4 of 12
    GO HMUSCHION! err Hmersion.. errr... whatever
  • Reply 5 of 12
    noahjnoahj Posts: 4,503member
    Dude, get used to it. Better electronics and prices are usually announced overseas first. the pries will come down, later, whe everyone has to buy them and all the rich people own theirs already.
  • Reply 6 of 12
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    Just like with any new model of a Mac, it's probably best to wait for all the kinks to get worked out of the "system" (i.e. TV standards, policies, etc.) and for prices to go down before you invest.



    Oh, sure. You can spend WAY too much money now, but think about it: most metropolitan areas STILL don't have but one or two digital/widescreen broadcasts yet anyway (and it's PBS in most cases).



    Let the standard fill itself out for a while still. From what I know about digital TV, the industry is JUST NOW settling down on a couple standards to use (the most financially viable ones). Let all that crap get worked out and the market create enough then buy a widescreen TV.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,123member
    [quote]Originally posted by hmurchison:

    <strong>Bastards! They can take their crappy 4:3 Ratio TV's and shove'em! It pisses me off to no end that users in the UK and beyond can purchase FLAT 28" Widescreen TVs for $850US while we're stuck with 30 and 34" Widescreens for $2500 freakin dollars! Can't Americans get a little love too! After I purchase my 27" 4:3 TV..it will be my last of that Aspect Ratio. Sony, Toshiba, Sharp, etc...you bastards better have affordable Widescreens in the US or forget our money!</strong><hr></blockquote>

    in France the most popular of widescreen are 28 and 32 inch. Few are 34 inch and did not ear of 30 each. i bought a 32 inch sony flat widescreen 100 hz from Sony two years ago for 1500 $.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    [quote]Originally posted by powerdoc:

    <strong>

    in France the most popular of widescreen are 28 and 32 inch. Few are 34 inch and did not ear of 30 each. i bought a 32 inch sony flat widescreen 100 hz from Sony two years ago for 1500 $.</strong><hr></blockquote>





    That's exactly what I'm talking about! Man ..we're not made out of money here...most of us. I mean I love Audio and Video but it's just a little whacked that the US gets some technologies so late. At any rate..can't wait to replace my 27 inch with a 34inch Flat Widescreen when some of the standards have settled.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,123member
    [quote]Originally posted by hmurchison:

    <strong>





    That's exactly what I'm talking about! Man ..we're not made out of money here...most of us. I mean I love Audio and Video but it's just a little whacked that the US gets some technologies so late. At any rate..can't wait to replace my 27 inch with a 34inch Flat Widescreen when some of the standards have settled.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Generally US have the latest technology before europe, do you have any explanation for this. Is NTSC the reason of that delay (my TV is PAL SECAM)
  • Reply 10 of 12
    tmptmp Posts: 601member
    I don't know about the US getting the latest stuff- I know that Motorola <a href="http://www.direct.motorola.co.uk/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en_GB/-/GBP/ZProductDetails-Start;$sid$PKoiiDyFUrBD7uhw5nh-MEJU8_UOocoJ?ProductSKU=7700&amp;features=key&quot; target="_blank">boo, hiss</a> is always releasing cool new phones in Europe before they are available in the US. I think they want to work out the bugs in the European market. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" /> [



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  • Reply 11 of 12
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    [quote]Originally posted by powerdoc:

    <strong>Is NTSC the reason of that delay (my TV is PAL SECAM)</strong><hr></blockquote>



    The reason for the delay is that it's taking FOREVER for everybody to come to a consensus on what standards to use. Realize:



    1) NTSC is going out the window with the transition that's taking place.

    2) It's not just a matter of going widescreen, but digital as well.

    3) There are about 8 different standards that have been batted around. Some are HD, some are just digital widescreen. They're just now narrowing it down to 1080i and digital widescreen.

    4) It's taken forever for stations/networks to come up with the money to PAY for all of this transition. It's not like every station has $4million laying around to buy all new equipment all of a sudden (equipment including new cameras, switchers, routers, tape decks, monitors, A/D and D/A converters, and transmitters -- not to mention training to learn how to use all that stuff).



    Basically, the FCC said to the broadcast industry: You WILL be broadcasting dual digital and analog by 2003, and be fully digital by 2006. Now go figure it out on your own. Talk about a cluster-f*ck.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    There are no excuses. The hardware(Tube) is the most expensive part.



    24 inch Widescreens



    <a href="http://www.greatelectrics.com/CartCategoryProducts.asp?IntCatId=27"; target="_blank">http://www.greatelectrics.com/CartCategoryProducts.asp?IntCatId=27</a>;



    309 pounds = $440



    Sharp 76FW-53H 32 inch Widescreen



    631.1 pounds= $898



    NTSC isn't significantly more expensive than PAL. The American public is getting fleeced. I realize that the HDTV standards are still evolving but I know people with 300+ DVDs most in Widescreen and our TV's here Statesides are already beyond obsolete. Sony's new lineup for 2002 is STILL dominated by 4:3 TV's and this is a shame





    One AI poster mentioned that ALL TV's in the UK were now Widescreen making anything done with iDVD distorted. This IS an issue that needs to be rectified. Soon maybe affordable Widescreen Camcorders will be available so that we can see our own works in Widescreen.
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