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    Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    A lot has been made of High Definition, but over two years after the first HDTV broadcasts in the UK, has it lived up to your expectations?
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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    I'm on my second HDTV and still haven't watched an HD broadcast.

    'Local' HD playback has been nice though, when I can do it... which I can't really, given I run a Linux media PC.
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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    freesat isnt too far away from purchase.. just got a priority at the moment then ill hop on. for movies, games, and even a temp monitor its brilliant though
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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    It's the cost more then anything else which bothers me. HD DVD/Bluray looks to be the way to go.

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I'm on my second HDTV and still haven't watched an HD broadcast.
    Same, so far I only use my hdtv's to play blu rays or high def content from my pc.

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    I watch hi-def content from my PC and Xbox occasionally but I'm not that impressed yet. I downloaded some HD movies from Xbox live but I couldn't see much difference from an upscaled DVD.
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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    I can now only watch full 1080p programmes (via Popcorn Hour media tank) If I find myself round at someone else's house and they try to make me watch lo def (720 downwards) I become nauseous and have to leave.

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Salazaar View Post
    I downloaded some HD movies from Xbox live but I couldn't see much difference from an upscaled DVD.
    Agreed.
    The 360 upscales DVDs to brilliant quality on HD TVs

    I only upgraded to a HD TV about 4 weeks ago and while a lot of regular TV does not look like anything special, DVDs and my 360 look great.

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    I've got to say, my feelings on HD are a little mixed.

    Whilst yes, it is a sharper picture, and yes, it is nice to have, I personally don't have a lot against standard def stuff on my TV.

    The other thing is the price, at £249 for the box and an extra £10 a month, it is an expensive habit, especially considering the limited number of channels.

    I'll probably keep it a year, I doubt I'll renew the HD subscription though...

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    Never watched a HD broadcast completely. What I have seen though it looks decent, it was a footy match on Sky at the time.

    On the other hand my new TV does 1080P and I have my 360 set to output at that. Got the HD DVD player today and have to admit, it is absolutely fantastic. Watched the HD version of Order of the Pheonix and the detail is undescribeable!

    Also watched the Simpsons off a standard DVD, also put on 300 briefly and it upscales really well. Have a Wharfdale upscaling DVD player and the 360 upscaling is far superior.

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    I dont have hd broadcast is sky HD is overpriced and quite frankly, just not worth it. Blu-rays look great though which is what true HD is supposed to look and sound like. So maybe you should add this to the article?
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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    I have a V+ box and I use it for the recording function over an HD box, as someone with both HDDVD and BluRay players i love HD content, it looks fantastic at 1080P - the best film I have watch thus far,a dn my girlfriend agrees with me on this, is Transformers.

    BBC HD is great for Rugby and Wimbledon, they look stunning in HD
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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1006231255 View Post
    I can now only watch full 1080p programmes (via Popcorn Hour media tank) If I find myself round at someone else's house and they try to make me watch lo def (720 downwards) I become nauseous and have to leave.
    What a stupid comment, you get nauseous.... So you never used to watch a television before 1080p came along as it made you nauseous....

    DVd players with upscalers are pretty good, but the problem is what people compare this technology with. A cheap DVD with upscaling will be better than a cheapo £30 DVD player without. But if you compare a cheepo DVD player with upscaling to a good £150+ DVD without then theres not really much difference. Then if you compare a £150+ DVD with upscaling to a cheap Bluray and the DVD player is just as good and so forth... Same rule applies to HD TVs.

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    HD looks fantastic but I think it costs a bit much. I have a V+ box but it only has BBC HD
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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    Not strictly have freesat myself but my dad's system with it is most impressive on the new 32" 1920x1080 sony LCD.

    Very very impressed by the tuners, but the only downside is that the EPG is absolutely **** with freesat at the moment.

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    Re: Question of the week: has HDTV lived up to your expectations?

    After being spoiled by HD I now find it annoying watching DVDs and low bitrate channels on Sky, even good transfer upscaled DVDs are barely watchable. Luckily I do have almost 100 HDDVDs in case I get bored though.
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