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I've been mulling HD over for a couple years but to me it's still at the "novelty" stage: really cool for limited programming but not worth it overall. It's actually less about the money and more about the hassle in my case.

I don't watch all that much sports so I'll probably buy a 1080i up-conversion DVD player (or blue-ray when it comes down) to watch my Netflix and wait til HD is more of a commodity.

I would however like to thank all you early adopters in advance for getting HD more mainstream in a year or two :)
 

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Actually, there's an enormous amount of HD content available - almost all movies made since the conversion in the 50's to 16:9 can be transmitted as HD with an excellent PQ. We just watched Midnight Run which was filmed in 1988 on HD and it looked excellent - far better than the same movie on SD.

The problem has to do with the NAB and the cabal of small time operators who control NAB policy. These guys don't want to give up their current bandwidth and buy expensive new equipment.

If you want to see HDTV expand, write your representative in D.C. and tell them that February 2009 for the all digital conversion is way too long. Attend one of their campaign functions this fall (mid term elections) and ask why they support giving billions of $ worth of bandwidth to a bunch of snake oil salesmen and bible thumpers.

Get rid of the small local TV broadcasters and you'll have very high quality HD all over the country.
 

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DuffMan said:
I would however like to thank all you early adopters in advance for getting HD more mainstream in a year or two :)
you are welcome

TheBigDogs said:
Actually, there's an enormous amount of HD content available - almost all movies made since the conversion in the 50's to 16:9 can be transmitted as HD with an excellent PQ. We just watched Midnight Run which was filmed in 1988 on HD and it looked excellent - far better than the same movie on SD.
not sure if you did read my post or not, but that's still only all the movie channels. 30 or so out of 200... and that's not new content.

i want to see news, reality tv etc. in HD

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The problem has to do with the NAB and the cabal of small time operators who control NAB policy. These guys don't want to give up their current bandwidth and buy expensive new equipment.
of course not, because nobody wants to pay for it. you hear them here whine all the time about the extra cost for the HD channels.

but's it's more then just the equipment to transmit and the bandwidth. it's the cameras, mobile editing stations etc... everything is more or less obsolete. and here you got a guy whining abut $11.- bucks a months. so who's going to pay for it ? commercials ? not really, we all got our HD-Tivos - right ?
 

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Anyone know if DTV has shown any mpg4 equipemt or made any announcements at CES that might give us a time frame on when their HD lineup isnt going to suck as much?
 

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Directv HD Tivo gives me the best possible viewing experience in my local area. I am a long time subscriber to NFL Ticket so I don't really consider a switch to cable. However, the local cable co. (Cox) is only able to offer CBS in HD. No Fox, NBC or ABC in HD. The only way to see these in southeastern VA is via antenna so the HD Tivo makes for the best possible setup.

Sure it is a big antenna, but its only about $50 and I have not touched it in months.
 
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