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What's the big fuss over HD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by firefighter4evr, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Apr 19, 2009 #1 of 126
    firefighter4evr

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    Just wondering..... What is the big deal over HD?

    So many people get so hyped up on "must have HD"... i guess my questions would be...

    Is it really that much better??

    Is it worth it to upgrade my TVs?

    Personally, i think Directv's SD is pretty damn good... so what am i missing?? or is it just cause its new?

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  2. Apr 19, 2009 #2 of 126
    BattleScott

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    I'm not trying to be a smart-ass here (which is hard, because I most certainly am one), but if you think DirecTVs sd picture is damn good, then I doubt your vision is good enough to warrant moving to HD.

    The only technological comparison I can think to make might be decades ago when someone probably asked: "what's the big deal with this 'stereophonic' sound?"...
     
  3. Apr 19, 2009 #3 of 126
    phat78boy

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    HD is well worth the hype and pretty much everything it is said to be. If you think your picture now is good, then you will be blown away by a true HD channel on a good HDTV.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2009 #4 of 126
    firefighter4evr

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    You also have to take into consideration that my thinking of Directv's SD good is after 5 years of putting up with crappy cable..
     
  5. Apr 19, 2009 #5 of 126
    veryoldschool

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    SD looks fantastic on a 4-6" screen.
    As the screen size grows the "space between the dots" gets bigger.
    SD is 640 x 480 "dots".
    "Somewhere around" 40+" the dots are few and far between.
    HD comes in two forms:
    1280 x 720 & 1920 x 1080. With "more dots" the picture looks fantastic [again].
    This may be an over simplification, but is to give a "HDTV 101" idea.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2009 #6 of 126
    sore_bluto

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    While the higher resolution is a big part of HD, in my opinion, it is the reproduction of color that is the "big deal". HD images are so very much more vibrant than SD. I could go on, but what you really need to do is carry yourself somewhere that you can see HD in action. Look at HD side by side with SD and you'll know instantly why a bunch of us whine about not being able to get this or that in HD. And if you don't see it, then yes, a visit to an opthamologist is in order.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2009 #7 of 126
    cforrest

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    HD is like the jump from Black & White to Color. You see TV differently afterwards and you want everything to be HD. A reason why you see lots of people wanting every channel in HD carried by D*.
     
  8. Apr 19, 2009 #8 of 126
    SMMC1

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    When I got my HD receiver my first reaction was “this isn't much better than I had before”.
    I think DTV is a victim of it's own good quality. When I finish my 2 yr. commitment I may switch back to SD.
     
  9. Apr 19, 2009 #9 of 126
    firefighter4evr

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    I'll have to do that just to see what its all about.... really i wont be doing any upgrading till something blows up.. may be soon though cause the living room TV is 12 years old, just wanted to get an idea whats out there and it its really worth the money to get it..

    Of the group that has HD, do you have it on all your TVs ( living room, bedroom, kids room, etc) or is it just a good HDTV in the living room?
     
  10. Apr 19, 2009 #10 of 126
    Mertzen

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    Once you go HD you never go back.

    My GF calls me the "HD snob" since I don't watch anything that isn't HD.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2009 #11 of 126
    veryoldschool

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    You seem to start with the main viewing room and then change the others "as needed". I no longer have an SD TV in my house. :D
     
  12. Apr 19, 2009 #12 of 126
    phat78boy

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    Since I got my first HDTV, in the living room, I've replaced every TV in the house with one. Now its even hard for me to watch SD programming.
     
  13. Apr 19, 2009 #13 of 126
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Going from SD to HD is kind of like going from VHS to DVD, only better. Not only the video but just about all the HD channels have DD5.1 audio which also IMHO makes the switch worth it.

    My brother in law had a 50 some odd inch SD Mits rear projection set and is a big NASCAR fan. He came for a visit last fall and put up a cup race in HD on my Mits 73" rear projection. Before he went to go back home he had ordered the same set to be delivered to his house and called DirecTV and ordered three HD receivers.
     
  14. Apr 19, 2009 #14 of 126
    SMMC1

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    At one time I had both DTV and the local cable co. attached to my HD TV. I put the same program on PiP, one HD one SD. There was some difference, but not much. I had several people ask if my picture was HD when I still had only SD.
     
  15. Apr 19, 2009 #15 of 126
    David MacLeod

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    you can see the moisture glistening in someones eyes, you can see individual strands of hair in a normal shot.
    this is above and beyond what lighting and closeups provide.
    hd program on hd tv is great.
     
  16. Apr 19, 2009 #16 of 126
    rhipps

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    Go to Best Buy or a similar store and check out the picture quality on a big HD screen. Then you will see what the fuss is about :) However, I haven't rushed out to replace ALL my SD sets. Too expensive (sigh).

    One point, my DTV SD channels look better on my SD sets than they do on my HD sets. Not sure why.
     
  17. Apr 19, 2009 #17 of 126
    firefighter4evr

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    haha... that's a good one..... Way back in early 2000's when HD first came out (or atleast the first i ever hear of it:sure:) a friend of mine rented a HDTV for the super bowl and got HD service though the cable company. I was not really that impressed... to me the only thing i noticed was that the picture was brighter.
     
  18. Apr 19, 2009 #18 of 126
    BattleScott

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    Have an HD 26" LCD in the bedroom but no HD DVR as it is mainly a nightlight and I don't want to re-up for 2 more years to get an HD receiver for it. Do have the OTA antenna connected to it though just in case...


    My suggestion is to leave it alone, unless you are willing to spend... :)
     
  19. Apr 19, 2009 #19 of 126
    bonscott87

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    Then it really wasn't HD. There is no way you can mistake it. Just go to a store and take a look or go to a friends house. Got HD in 2002 and have never looked back. Wife refuses to watch hockey or football if it's not HD. Heck, she refuses to watch her CSI reruns if they aren't in HD.

    By the nature of your question to me it's obvious you have never actually seen HD (properly configured anyway).
     
  20. Apr 19, 2009 #20 of 126
    Drew2k

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    My extended family has had DIRECTV since 2004 and has really enjoyed the SD pictures on their TVs, with no TV larger than 27". When I got HD in 2006 and had them over to look at it on my widescreen HD TV, they were impressed and observes that the picture was "wider" so they got to see more, but they really did compare the picture quality to what they were seeing on their SD TVs, because the SD was "that good". To my eye I think the SD quality has dropped a bit since 2004, so looking at SD on a 27" SD TV today and comparing to HD there is a huge difference. Needless to say my entire extended family now has widescreen TVs and has moved up to HD...
     

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