To HD- or not HD? This week's Geek/CounterGeek tackles the question.Geek: HDTV– Get It Now
HDTV has been a long time coming.
I remember visiting the Phillips lab in 1990 and seeing working HD. One of the developers said to me "In five years, TV will be all HD." OK, so he was off by 10 or so years.
In the past few years, HD has really taken off. There is more programming, a variety of sets are available in a wide price range and consumers are catching on. There’s no reason to wait any longer: if you haven’t already, get HD. Now, dammit!
CounterGeek: HDTV– Wait A Minute
I have to admit, even though I’m known to my friends as a gadget freak, I’ve yet to take the jump to HD. Even my wife, who isn’t usually agreeable to my purchases, is begging for an HD set.
Last week I was visiting my brother, who has HD cable. As a flipped through the designated HD stations, I was shocked to discover that most of the "HD" programming was not widescreen. Much of it was "pillar-boxed," which means you had black bars to the right and left of the picture. Some channels inserted static graphics in this space, for example "ESPN in HD." But it’s not HD! It is, in fact, 4:3 regular TV up-converted to HD.
Until there is more true HD programming and the sets become more cost effective, I’m putting the brakes on my HDTV purchase. Vito writes Geek/CounterGeek every Tuesday while watching his TiVo in front of a 5" black and white set.