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are HD tv's worth it?(6 posts)

are HD tv's worth it?jakerider
Sep 4, 2003 7:06 AM
o.k., I did a search and found nothing so here goes. In the market for a new t.v. and I am torn between a regular 36" flat screen or spending a min. $500 more for a high definition tv. The question is is the extra cost worth it? How does hd do on digital cable and not satellite? In my area satelitte service goes out when it rain hard so I am not interested in satellite service. I do know that as of now, most programs are not broadcast in HD but will be soon.(in a a few years) Anyone have advice?
not yetmohair_chair
Sep 4, 2003 7:20 AM
I want to buy a big 16x9 TV, but I'm waiting until prices come way down.

I'm also waiting until I can get all channels in HD format, which I believe is mandated for 2005. Until then, it's not worth it. I'm not sure it's worth it even when the switchover happens.

There are many formats defined in the HD spec, but few broadcasters are going to use the highest resolution, because using lesser resolutions provides more bandwidth to create multiple channels (multiplex). So it's almost a waste to buy hardware that will rarely get used.

You can buy rain covers for satellite dishes that supposedly eliminate problems.
my theory on TVsColnagoFE
Sep 4, 2003 7:40 AM
You get used to what you have. When my wife and I first got married we had a really small TV, but we didn't know any better so it worked fine for years. Finally we bought a larger one--26" I think. The old one seemed too small then. How did we ever watch TV on it? Now we have a 36" TV with Bose surround sound system and a DVD. How did we ever watch those awful VHS movies with the crappy TV speakers? I'm waiting for a while on the HDTV, but I'm guessing once I get one I'll wonder how I ever did without it. Then again, with the junk that they show on TV maybe I should just chuck it all in the trash and be done with the TV arms race!
Mine, too. How well do you NEED to see "Friends"?cory
Sep 4, 2003 7:47 AM
This seems to me a perfect example of a created need--television as it existed, say, five years ago is PLENTY good for anything I ever watch. I wouldn't willingly pay a dime extra for a better picture no matter how good it was, because I just don't need it. The switch to HDTV is being done largely for political and financial reasons, not because of consumer demand. Same thing with sound, BTW--how well do you NEED to hear car crashes, explosions and John Madden?
depends on how you are using it...loki_1
Sep 4, 2003 1:10 PM
I was in the market for a new tv also and decided on an HDTV. This tv was for a home theater setup. I dont watch much network tv.

The HD with a progressive scan DVD yields a superb picture. But be careful, once you have the picture you will want the audio (or vice versa)
yes, if you watch a lot of DVD'sCritLover
Sep 4, 2003 8:20 PM
They're unbelievable with a progressive scan player!! If you are into movies, then definitely get one, you won't regret it.

However, with that said, now that I have a 47" HDTV ready television, I want a plasma screen to make more room in my living room. They're still a little too expensive right now, so I'll wait another year. (the pic on the Zenith plasma seemed even better than my Sony)