Is DirecTV Missing the Big Picture?
By Phillip Swann
Washington, D.C. (January 23, 2006) -- DIRECTV on Saturday launched a high-def version of its new original music channel, CD USA. The network features concert performances and interviews with musicians such as Ashlee Simpson. However, as a high-def owner, I can't quite sing its praises.
CD USA's HD picture is soft, offering very little detail. The colors are bright and vivid, but the dull picture makes you wonder why you spent so much money on a high-def set. It's just a small improvement from the images you might see on a superior digital (but non-HD) channel, such as CNN...
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David Hill, DirecTV's entertainment president, the man behind the new CD USA channel, once said this of HDTV:
"I can't understand the excitement about it. It just lengthens and broadens the picture, makes it sharper but doesn't change it."
Mr. Hill probably thinks that CD USA's high-def picture looks pretty good today. But I don't. -- Phillip Swann