HD-enabled television sets are all the rage these days, but HD programming itself hasn't yet picked up to the same extent, according to an online survey by ABI Research.
I have a few select channels that are in HD Signal. i'm just waiting for 100% HD ;D
I find this report hard to believe. I've seen HDTVs without HD and it isn't that good. If you buy an HDTV you might as well get the channels too. Maybe what this report really says is people who buy cheap HDTVs don't get it. Anyone who buys a nice HDTV is going to want the better video.
Yeah, same here. I would use it for HD television, but even though I have Time Warner's HD package I only get about 10-15 actual HD channels.
I'm waiting for digital to kick in, in 2009. I'm also not interested in paying for a cable box then paying like $20 a month for 20 hd channels. HD programming is a rip-off right now. Plain and simple.
Whats wierd is, my two cousins have Samsung HDTV's. On non cable channels like FOX and KCAL9 and abc, the picture on their 1080p TV's is grainy and color is messed up and crappy Whereas on my 7 year old Panasonic SDTV the picture on these channels is fine You could even say, TV producers are working with cable providers to give us a helluva price to pay, after spending thousands on overpriced HDTV's
It doesn't sound like they're getting HD at all. The grainy description you gave is consistent to how HDTV sets display SD content
Yeah. You have to have some sort of HD receiver. If you just hook it up with the regular SD AV cable, the content doesn't look so great.
The situation in Canada is even more grim for those that want to receive HDTV signals in that unless you live close to the border and install a roof top antenna (to pick up over-the-air American HD broadcasts) or are willing to subscribe to digital satellite or cable, you are SOL. Broadcasters in Canada will start broadcasting HDTV over-the-air in select markets starting this summer, but I am not holding my breath.
I know lots of people with HDTVs and only a few have HDTV because it is pricey. Here in Canada you either have the choice of a few satellite providers or one cable provider. Both services cost about $65 a month but the cable provider will charge you between $450-$650 for the HD box and with satellite you have to have a dish on your house (which probably doesn't bother some people) and you have to rent the HD box (around $10 a month)or if you don't want to rent the box there is another company but there programming starts at $79 a month (with free HD box). If you don't watch huge amounts of tv that is pretty pricey. I buy most of the tv shows i like and rent/buy movies. The main reason i have an HDTV is for gaming and movies.
Programming is really lacking (trust me I've had my plasma since returning to the states in '03 and there wasn't anything back then), but at least there is something.
This info might explain why DirecTV has that completely ridiculous ad with the lady saying she didn't know that she needed HD programming when she bought her HD set...WTF? Could be people are buying these sets with no clue about HD or the programming. Can't tell you how excited I get when I see that Comcast has added some more channels...
I only use HDTVs for gaming and Blu-ray. I'm too busy to make myself room in my schedule for watching cable TV. I buy my favorite TV series on discs anyway.
i have never used my HDTV to watch "tv" because i only use it fro games or blurays/dvds.
I get 14 HD channels where I live. I didn't know you could get hd through coaxial cable(HDMI?). My tv has hd built in, and 8000 contrast ratio 720p/1080i.
Yeah, my HD is ONLY used for PS3, and watching Baseball games, other than that, Crapcast charges me $10/month for my DVR, which is native HD-enabled, and then charge me another $10/month just for that fact.
Comcast JUST took over in my area (northern Illinois), and they've already screwed up EVERYTHING!!! I mean Insight wasn't all that fantastic, but they were gods compared to Comcast. And I'm stuck with them because my landlord is being a complete douchebag and won't allow me to put up a dish.
HD won't be standard in the UK for atleast another decade lol
All you need is a set of rabbit ears and you will pick up local hd channels. Many people don't know that. Go figure...
Gotta love the dumbf|cks who buy an HDTV and then DON'T use an HD source to view content. How f|cking stupid and wasteful is THAT
I get 32 HD channels for free with my cable service. All of the channels look great except TBS. TBS just stretches their 4:3 content into a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Haha I noticed that too while watching TBS.
Well it's hard to use your TV for HD programming when only like 20 channles are actually broadcast in HD even though I am using an HD DVR! Time warner gives you about 20 channels for free in HD 5 of which are my local channels. They have about 5 or 6 more that you pay for but it is not worth it because only crap is displayed on those channels. Two of them are movie channels Cinemax and HBO but the rest are pure crap like MojoHD that I just refuse to pay for.
It kinda pisses me off that you pay so much for an HDTV and hardly any TV stations are actually broadcasted in HD. At least I get to watch the sports games and CSI in HD though.
then how can microsoft and friends even imagine people are gonna pick up on DD?
They make a killing on Marketplace, so I guess that would be their reasoning.
The survey didn't find that half of HDTV owners don't KNOW about HDTV, it found that half of HDTV owners don't SUBSCRIBE to HDTV services. Don't know isn't the same as don't subscribe. I own and HDTV & don't subscribe to HD services, but I didn't buy my HDTV for a higher res. picture, I bought it for the aspect ratio. Interesting point for DD is that the survey also found the ability to view PC content on a TV screen generates interest in a range of age groups, but the same cannot be said for HDTV services.
First of all, anyone who watches TV is a zombie moron. Second, who would buy an HDTV for anything but movies and games to begin with? Meh.
Wow, I actually agree with turd-head. Amazing!
Haha, I agree too.
Gaming and movies are the only thing I ever use my HD for. I have considered getting DTV HD, but I don't watch TV enough to spend the extra money.
"Turd-head"!?!?! Looks like you got a turd on your upper lip!!!
In the UK anyway and there really aren't that many channels worth getting. You have to pay for a new box, subscription etc.
Actually, I have a question if anyone knows the answer - is there a major difference between shows shot on HD and those shot on regular formats and then converted? Is there a way of knowing which are which? Slightly off topic - sorry.
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