Who here has HDTV???

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Ok so I'm over at a friends watching the HBO Boxing on Sat. He has just bought a 50 inch Hitachi HDTV with the Motorola HDTV cable box.



No I've seen plenty of HDTV pictures in stores but it's just a different perspective when you're looking at it in a living room. Going from HDTV to standard NTSC is disheartening. The US Gov was right to add requirements for HDTV broadcasting. One you see a sports game(I watched some HD Soccer)in HDTV glory you will not want anything else. Sports look great because they are basically direct HDTV Camera feeds. HDTV movies will look good but post production and editing will ensure the picture is not as sharp as a direct feed.



Anyone here enjoying HDTV? What are your favorite subjects to watch.
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  • Reply 1 of 32
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    When my 18 year old Sanyo POS finally craps out, and I have the $ post-graduation, I'm definitely getting an HDTV.



    For one reason.



    Hockey. I saw a game last year on HDTV, and was just blown away. Nothing else I've seen on HDTV has impressed me *that* much.
  • Reply 2 of 32
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,131member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kickaha

    When my 18 year old Sanyo POS finally craps out, and I have the $ post-graduation, I'm definitely getting an HDTV.



    For one reason.



    Hockey. I saw a game last year on HDTV, and was just blown away. Nothing else I've seen on HDTV has impressed me *that* much.




    Yes..the white ice and uniform colors. Hockey probably rocks in HDTV. I'm really thinking that HD is a huge boon for sports and any other direct broadcasts. I expect the movies to look good but not as good as sports.



    Hmmmmmmm my goal of getting a front projection system within 5 years is looking better and better.
  • Reply 3 of 32
    concordconcord Posts: 312member
    I have a HD capable TV but I have been waiting for a better selection of channels from Shaw. I get a whole slew of digital channels (though the quality isn't quite HD) but I'll need to upgrade my digital box in order to receive a true HD signal (mo' money).



    Cheers,



    C.
  • Reply 4 of 32
    mattjohndrowmattjohndrow Posts: 1,618member
    two words: I wish!
  • Reply 5 of 32
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    I home my next projector has HDTV. Or at least 1600x1200. Prices need to come down though.
  • Reply 6 of 32
    mattjohndrowmattjohndrow Posts: 1,618member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Ebby

    Prices need to come down though.



    ain't it the truth!
  • Reply 7 of 32
    I had it over the summer with my 50" Sony LCD rear projection set. I sold the TV at the end of the summer because I wasn't impressed with its black levels. It's gorgeous though. Totally worth it. I'll probably buy a new HD set this coming summer. I've been waiting for a couple of other imaging technologies to trickle down, and for a certain Panasonic DLP set to come available.
  • Reply 8 of 32
    danmacmandanmacman Posts: 773member
    I have never seen an hdtv broadcast but I am certainly looking forward to it. I can just imagine the quality of sporting events. However I know one industry that is reviling the adoption of it, Hollywood. In a recent issue of my local newspaper, they ran an AP article about Hollywood's obsession with glamour, and how hdtv is ruining it. The article cited the latest Oscar awards which were in HD, where the always perfect stars were shown as their true selves. Particularly Oscar winner Renée Zellweger, who because of hdtv, shown her acne scars to the world. They also mentioned Cameron Diaz and others as having the same problem. In closing, may I say HAHA.
  • Reply 9 of 32
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Just wait until the porn industry has to deal with it, and you realize how many zits really *are* on that tush...
  • Reply 10 of 32
    concordconcord Posts: 312member
    Quote:

    Just wait until the porn industry has to deal with it, and you realize how many zits really *are* on that tush...



    Watch for soft-focus filters to make a big comeback...



    Cheers,



    C.
  • Reply 11 of 32
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Ah, so the Vaseline will be on the *lens* now... got it.
  • Reply 12 of 32
    adpowersadpowers Posts: 188member
    Yeah, I've got HDTV. I can barely spit it out based on my bad experience with it (well, with Comcast).



    We got out set over 3 years ago now. We got over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (aka, an antenna) 1.5 or 2.5 years ago (can't remember). Unfortunately, our reception wasn't very good, so we could only get a few channels, some of the time, with spotty reception.



    A few months ago we got Comcast digital cable for that one TV. When they installed the box, not only did they not plug in one of the component cables, they also f'ed up our surround system which took a while to troubleshoot. We were getting HD HBO, but not the local channels. My parents bought it for HD football, but the town I live in can't get that station (even though all surrounding towns can). I wanted to watch Blue Man Group on Leno in HD, but we couldn't get our local NBC affiliate in HD (even though we could over-the-air, with spotty reception). Then we lost HBO (we were never really paying for it), which means 0 HD stations. This weekend the Comcrap employees came back and did whatever to it. Now we, finally, get local stations in HD, HBO, and these two called INHD. I am very jaded, though.



    Also, when I first watched live HD content (something besides the loops at stores), I noticed how... um... ugly everyone looked . Our NBC affiliate's anchorperson is an older lady. She looks just fine on SD, but with HD she looks really wrinkled.



    Andrew
  • Reply 13 of 32
    mattjohndrowmattjohndrow Posts: 1,618member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kickaha

    Ah, so the Vaseline will be on the *lens* now... got it.



    ROFL! that is awesome!
  • Reply 14 of 32
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    Ping.



    And favorite subject? Sports sports sports.
  • Reply 15 of 32
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    So let me get this straight:



    There are people who are upset about HDTV because the formerly beautiful are now ugly because you can see the detail of their skin?



    The word "shallow" comes to mind.
  • Reply 16 of 32
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    ....except hockey. We know you hate hockey, Eugene.



    Sorry for the oh-not-another-hockey-post, but hockey should be putting its full weight behind HD. People who complain that they can't see what's going on will stop complaining with HDTV hockey broadcasts.



    My parents have HDTV and got a DVD player at the same time, but they're disillusioned with the setup. Cablevision has OK HD coverage, but my parents graduated from broadcast antennas to cable only a few years ago. They instinctively tune into channels 2-13 almost exclusively, and they are still renting VHS when the DVD selection is bigger. They don't trust on-demand movie ordering, and despite the fact that every time I go over, I point out that the HD channels are in the 700's, they still tune in to NTSC broadcasts when the same shows are on HD. My dad spent the entire football season until Thanksgiving with this system, and only learned of football on HD when I went over for the holiday. The only thing they have figured out and enjoy are the filler music-only (and I don't mean videos) stations at the top of the channel listings.



    It doesn't help that they need 3 remotes to operate their whole system: TV, Cable and DVD/VHS. I can't blame them for finding that to be frustrating beyond belief. There must be a better way, but they refuse to hire help on their setup. I did most of the set up for them in the end, and I'm sure I didn't do the greatest job of it.
  • Reply 17 of 32
    cubedudecubedude Posts: 1,556member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by CosmoNut

    So let me get this straight:



    There are people who are upset about HDTV because the formerly beautiful are now ugly because you can see the detail of their skin?



    The word "shallow" comes to mind.




    Its Hollywood, what else is new?
  • Reply 18 of 32
    <<Our NBC affiliate's anchorperson is an older lady. She looks just fine on SD, but with HD she looks really wrinkled.>>



    C'mon, don't knock Jean, grey power, even with dye, rules!



    Seriously, has anyone watched HDTV on a plasma screen? Or for that matter watched a DVD on plasma? Has anyone had a heart attack pricing a plasma set?
  • Reply 19 of 32
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    Quote:

    I had it over the summer with my 50" Sony LCD rear projection set. I sold the TV at the end of the summer because I wasn't impressed with its black levels. It's gorgeous though. Totally worth it. I'll probably buy a new HD set this coming summer. I've been waiting for a couple of other imaging technologies to trickle down, and for a certain Panasonic DLP set to come available



    Hehe, I thought your name LoCash meant you were low on cash!
  • Reply 20 of 32
    concordconcord Posts: 312member
    Personally, I'm hoping that a Plasma - LCD pricewar picks up over the next few years as HD-DVDs start rolling out. A nice ~50" set in 2005/6 sounds about right when I get tired of my current (smallish) HDTV...



    Cheers,



    C.
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