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Old Jan 11, 2008, 9:41 AM   #11
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You know what I really hate? People who want to show off their fancy new flat/wide screen tv's, and then the aspect ratios are wrong.
Yes, everytime I go to my parents house, their TV is set to the wrong aspect ratio. They have satellite so the TV doesn't auto-detect the aspect ratio like it would from a broadcast HDTV station. Anyway, I hate watching everybody all stretched out, but they don't seem to notice. I can always tell on my TV at home if I insert a DVD or something and ratio is wrong, it is obvious.

Another thing that irritates me.. I know several people who still own a VCR or DVD player and they are connected via an old-style RF cable and they tune their TV to channel 3 so they can watch. I mean, what is the point of an HD set, if you are going to watch stuff in this manner?
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Old Jan 11, 2008, 11:06 AM   #12
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I agree.

Watching a video with a distorted aspect ratio drives me crazy, too.

I have...

1. 16:9 high definition LCD flat panel;

2. 16:9 standard definition digital (ATSC tuner) tube TV;

3. 4:3 standard definition digital (ATSC tuner) tube TV.

I find that I can watch a standard definition 4:3 DVD on my 4:3 tube TV and be perfectly content.

I find that I can watch a 16:9 standard definition DVD on my 16:9 tube TV and be perfectly content.

And, of course, I can be happy watching high definition video on my LCD panel.

I'm finding that -- for me -- the difference between high definition and standard definition really isn't so important.

If the movie or TV episode is something I enjoy in terms of content, then I am perfectly happy to watch standard definition.

My eyes adjust.

I'm not one of these people who absolutely has to watch everything in high definition.

When I show 4:3 content on my 16:9 screens, I just don't want to see the 4:3 material *stretched* to fill the 16:9 screen with everything out of proportion.

Good, clear video -- standard or high definition -- just looks fine to me as long as the aspect ratio is properly displayed.

Another reason I think people are buying the widescreen TVs is just the practical size/weight factor.

The flat panels seem somewhat lighter.

And unlike the tube TVs, you don't have that protrusion in the back that consumes quite a bit of space.

And the flat panels look more fashionable, perhaps.

There are some exciting concepts under development for the future, including screens that roll up like a sheet of paper.

That would be nice, if they could perfect it to the point where we could easily carry nice screens from one location to another.

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Old Jan 11, 2008, 11:51 AM   #13
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I'm finding that -- for me -- the difference between high definition and standard definition really isn't so important.
I agree here too. I have done experiments and found that I cannot distinguish between high-def and standard-def content when I am sitting on the couch at the other side of the livingroom where I normally sit. I have found that I can flip channels and some material will be playing that is standard-def and I'll think it is high-def until I get up closer to the screen, and vice-versa.
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