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Great picture not automatic with HDTVs

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words truly fail when trying to describe how gorgeous a high-definition picture looks on an HDTV. If you've never seen an HD image, the picture looks as improved as when you first saw a DVD after watching VHS tapes for years. Another big difference is the shape of the image. Like what's shown in movie theaters, the image is wide, not square.

Many people bought an HDTV last year, and others plan to spend their economic stimulus rebate checks on one. But consumers who first see them at Costco, Sears and Target are often disappointed when they plug in their new HDTV at home and find that the picture quality looks only slightly better than their old TV.

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jackdoe3476d ago

That much is obvious. However, it is more than just getting HD programming. HD-TVs are fickle; you have to make careful calibrations to picture, color, etc. otherwise the image looks gaudy and fake. Luckily there are calibration DVDs out there to help you out. Or you could just get a professional calibration.

mintaro3476d ago

hmmm perhaps that why my tv doesnt look its best.....

Hatchetforce3476d ago

The biggest jump I found was purchasing a HDTV with 120Hz capability. I have a Sony 52" XBR4 and the 120Hz is jaw dropping. I am at the point now where I don't watch TV without it turned on.

Silellak3476d ago

You know, I saw the 120 Hz thing, and to be honest, it freaked me out. We both felt that it made movies lose their "filmlike" quality. Everything looked like it was shot using video cameras ala behind-the-scenes footage.

One of my roommates agreed with me, the other didn't, so clearly it's a personal taste love/hate thing.

Chug3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

I have the same tv as you, and with the motion enhancer set to high (120hz) it almost looks so real that its fake. It honestly freaks me out while watching blu ray or an HD source besides video games. Badass tv none the less. Cheers!

Edit: So Silellak and I are pretty much on the same boat, but you do have the option to turn the 120 hz off. I justify my tv as being "future proof" in the crazy world of HDTV'S.

Hatchetforce3476d ago

The other big advantage with turning on the 120Hz is getting rid of the blur in everything from the view of leaves in a jungle on National Geographic to and onscreen action.

CrashSharc3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

"I am at the point now where I don't watch TV without it turned on."

does anyone else find that line really hilarious??? no?...

:(

machinate3476d ago

I get hd service from all the local stations and it has been that way for two years. The all come in at 720p or 1080i. The area in witch this was written must have a small population. Our blockbusters have been renting blue ray for at least a year now. Most places offer local hd for free over the air or by cable. If you want it free from cable but don't have cable service it doesn't matter. The local stations broadcast through the cable line so just plug it up.

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No FanS Land3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

I can't recall how we called in the economy course, but when you buy that kind of product, you gotta buy evreything else needed for high-def, HDMI or component, HD cable box and an HD-player (blu-ray) otherwise it's all blurry.

EDIT: another example is the Xbox 360: you buy a unit, you gotta buy the specific hard drive for it, the wire to recharge your controller the xbox headset

vs.

sony buy a ps3, standard 2.5'' HDD, standard usb for recharge, and almost (if not) any bluetooth headset.

Silellak3476d ago

Uh...what?

I assume you meant buying the Core 360, since the other SKUs all come with those standard, except the "cord for charging".

Scottama3476d ago

Sorry, I agreed with you and meant to disagree, so you can count that 0 Agrees, 1 Disagree

But anyway, what he means is that if you buy a 360, everything else must be XBox 360 equipment - if you want to upgrade the Hard Drive you need to buy a Microsoft XBOX 360 120GB HDD for $260 as opposed to getting a 320GB HDD for PS3 (any make) for $260 (prices are GBP turned into Dollars; for some reason my keyboard doesn´t have pounds). Also, with the PS3, (M)ANY Bluetooth headset(s) will work with the PS3, and ANY USB-MiniUsb will work with the controller.

Harry1903476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

because broadcasts that are not in HD
then look bad on the hdtv,worse than what they
would be on a normal tv.

No FanS Land3476d ago

yeah you're right on that one, sd programs on hdtv look much more worse than on normal tv's.

DrPirate3476d ago

But if you know what you're doing.

http://forums.n4g.com/ m_107305/mpage_2/tm.htm

ELite_Ghost3476d ago

barely anything is hd on tv, only discovery channel looks good

Silellak3476d ago

Really? I have Comcast and I get tons of stuff in HD - ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, TNT, History, Discovery, HBO, Starz, and now even Sci-Fi.

Chug3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

True to a certain extent. It depends on the quality of the tv. For example...everytime I see someone buy an LG or Westinghouse, I just wanna smack em in the face. If you're gonna throw down that kinda money, then you might as well go the extra mile & get a Sony or Samsung.

Harry1903476d ago

channels are not really true hd yet.

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