Archive for November, 2005

Is the world ready for HD

With all the hoo-ha about high-definition TV, HD DVD, etc. etc. And despite the increase in screen resolution, screens are getting bigger, making the increase a necessity. But a picture is only as good as it’s source. Doesn’t matter if you have a billion pixels available on your screen, if your source material is only standard definition TV, you’ll only get standard definition. It’s interesting to note though that almost all source material available has one single common picture artifact that seems to have become the accepted norm… Compression. DVD’s, SDTV and especially HDTV suffer the fizzy edges, blocky flattened colour areas and the industry goes right on upping the resolution without addressing the compression issue. The two new HD-DVD formats (yes the Beta vs. VHS wars begin again) may go some way to alleviate the compression issue, but this war will not be as clear cut as the Beta/VHS there is no clear winner for the consumer to choose. So in the mean time where’s the pure HD experience going to come from. Xbox 360 is HD and the only thing that outputs 1080i/720p images uncompressed…. Somebody bring back LaserDisc!!!

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