> i agree, and being inside the TV-broadcast industry, I'm not looking
> to see
> HDTV becoming a viable decision for myself for at least 10 years.
> there are
I have a magazine from the '80s that the headline reads: "HDTV is Here!"
I'm pretty sure I still have it, but it would take some digging. This is
pathetic. We finally have a better standard than the 50+ year old one we
use and nobody can use it because, well, the standard is like a
Microsoft standard. Not even Microsoft adheres to a Microsoft standard.
Why has it been so bloody hard to standardize this?
> no HDTV dvd players, there is no HDTV DVD content (obviousally) but
My S-Video port does just fine for my TV. I have two graphics cards that
have S-Video output on them. Looks pretty nice on the TV. If I hadn't
been laid off of my awesome job (company went under) then I'd have a
nice projector with my computer hooked up to it. No need for this HDTV
crap. What difference if the shows you are watching look a little better
if the content is terrible anyway! My computer will do all that a TV,
VCR, DVD, console, etc. will do and just through the one box. No need to
get a "secret decoder ring" to plug in. No extra expensive TV. I can
spend about $1000 for a projector that will fill my entire wall with a
beautiful picture that is bright enough to see clearly with all the
lights on in my living room. I don't have a lot of lights and no outside
> HDTV was a great idea, but there is no way they will ever become
Yeah, twenty years ago. Today it just doesn't seem to have the luster it
did then. Yes, the images are beautiful compared to normal TV, but I've
never actually seen an HDTV setup in somebody's house. Nobody I know has
even considered buying one and I have a lot of technophile/videophile
friends. The price/performance ratio is nowhere near adequate.
> what is the use? buy a good presentation projector and get better than
> rich neighbors for 1/10th the price.
I second that. For the same price as an average HDTV setup, I can put in
a nice LCD projector (with at _least_ as good resolution), an
electrically retractable screen, and a full computer system to drive it
all. Granted PC and projector prices have come down dramatically and
HDTVs haven't, but that is the whole point of my long winded rant.
I would much rather have my PC hooked up to a projector than this
hideous thing called HDTV.