When I was buying my new system last July, I learned that for 42" and smaller LCD has the advantage in price, picture quality and longevity. For larger screens plasma has the advantage. The technology changes so quickly that I don't know if that's still the case. <br><br>I've never even noticed that viewing angle on my LCD was ever an issue. The only effect of being off to the side of the tv is that the remote isn't going to work <br><br>An issue with plasma is burn-in. Not with LCDs. For viewing formats other than 16:9 HD such as the unstretched standard 4:3 you have gray bars on the side of the image, this is to prevent burn-in or ghosting on plasma screens. Previously, black bars were used and that created problems on plasma screens.<br><br>
Our cable company is nice enough to charge for it. <br><br>Insight Digital 2.0 with DVR & HDTV gives you access to High Definition Television:<br>(HD-compatible television set required)<br>HDTV Lineup:<br> ESPN2 HD*<br> KET 4<br> MHD*<br> Special Events HD<br> TNT in HD*<br> WAVE HD (NBC)<br> WDRB HD (FOX)<br> WHAS HD (ABC)<br> WLKY HD (CBS)<br><br>*Subscription to Classic service, Insight Digital 2.0 with DVR & HDTV and 1 digital pak required to receive these channels.<br><br><br>HD Pak: <br>| $7.95 a month |<br> Discovery HD Theater<br> ESPN HD<br> HDNet<br> HDNet Movies<br><br><br>This is how our cable company screws you over:<br>$14.48 for basic (which is required to get any other package!)<br>which includes:<br> C-SPAN/C-SPAN 2/Channel 19/HSN/ICN2/KET/KET 2/Metro TV/Public Access/QVC/Shopping Kentuckiana/TV One/NBC/CW/WBNA/FOX/Weather Channel<br> Welcome to Insight/WGN/ABC/CBS/WMYO (My Network)<br><br><br>Then you get to choose:<br>Insight Digital 2.0 with DVR & HDTV | $15.95 a month | <br> Access to over 200 channels, including great digital music channels.<br> Simple, interactive on-screen program guide with channels organized by theme and parental controls.<br> Exclusive features like On Demand TV, with instant access to over 3,000 movies and shows...and over 2,000 of those are free.<br> Access to multichannel premium services and premium On Demand TV channels.<br> A digital video recorder (DVR) built right in to your set-top box! Learn more about DVR.<br> Ability to watch one show and record another.<br> Access to HDTV programming.<br><br>Insight Digital 2.0 | $7.95 a month | <br> Access to over 200 channels, including great digital music channels.<br> Simple, interactive on-screen program guide with channels organized by theme and parental controls.<br> Exclusive features like On Demand TV, with instant access to over 3,000 movies and shows...and over 2,000 of those are free.<br> Access to multichannel premium services and premium On Demand TV channels.<br><br>THEN they get to charge you for more if you want!<br>| $12.00 a month | <br><br> AmericanLife TV AZN Television BBC America<br> BET Jazz Biography Channel Bloomberg<br> C-SPAN 3 CMT Pure Country CSTV<br> Discovery Health Discovery Home Discovery Kids<br> Discovery Times DIY Network Encore<br> Encore (West) Encore Action Encore Action (West)<br> Encore Drama Encore Drama (West) Encore Love<br> Encore Love (West) Encore Mystery Encore Mystery (West)<br> Encore Wam Encore Westerns Encore Westerns (West)<br> ESPN Classic ESPNEWS ESPNU<br> EWTN Fine Living FitTV<br> Fox Movie Channel Fox Reality Channel Fox Soccer Channel<br> Fuse GAC GSN History International<br> Horse Racing Television i-LifeTV Independent Film Channel<br> Lifetime Movie Network Lifetime Real Women Lime<br> LOGO Military Channel MTV Hits MTV Jams<br> MTV Tr3s MTV2 National Geographic<br> NFL Network Nick GAS Nick Too Nick Toons<br> Noggin Outdoor Channel Ovation PBS KIDS Sprout<br> Science Channel Sleuth SOAPnet Soundtrack<br> Speed Channel Style Sundance Channel<br> Sundance Channel (West) Tennis Channel Toon Disney<br> Turner Classic Movies VERSUS VH1 Classic<br> VH1 Soul WE: Women's Entertainment<br><br>
Are you waiting for the Yankees to get into the World Series? You're going to grow old and you're missing a lot. The only channel I wish would go HD is the Comedy Channel. Other than the Daily Show everything I watch is HD. (OK it's not saying much since we watch the Red Sox, the Daily Show and DVD's.)<br><br>As Gary mentioned DVD's are much cleaner with a pure digital signal and double sampling. I watched "Spongebob the Movie" for the 23rd time last night and am still amazed at the pinkness of Patrick. When he flies in with the "Congratulations SB" flag in his butt crack the detail is all there.<br><br>If you do not pay extra for HD then that means you are already paying for it. Bummer.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
I thought that I read where upsizing isn't the best viewing? Please tell me I'm wrong!<br><br>There is an article in the latest Popular Photography & Imaging talking about using TV's as a way to show off your photos. Since I left that magazine at home, I can't recall exactly what it said. But I do recall that a 1080p HDTV is the way to go.<br><br>
I have had a 1080i HDTV CRT in 4:3 size for several years (black bands on top and bottom when in true HD) so your milage may vary.<br><br>But the DVD I have interlaces a second raster line in between. I guess you can call it doubling. Standard DVD's look pretty amazing. Single frame slow motion and stopping is where it really shines. The clarity comes close to true HD which is amazing all by itself.<br><br>It never fails to amaze me the difference of HD. I'll be watching a Red Sox game and I flip over to the same channel in standard. Then, by hitting last channel, I can flip back and forth. The standard TV looks absolutely awful.<br><br>The one thing which is annoying is that the standard and HD cameras at a game are still tied together and they are still shooting for the standard audience. What that means is that when the ball or action moves to the HD side the camera has to move and center the action. If everyone was on HD they would leave the camera still and allow the play to develop from side to side. I wish everyone would move up.<br><br><br><br><br>
The only thing I hate about HD is that there is a delay. For example here on Comcast if you were watching something on hi-def channel 804 and switch to regular broadcast channel 004 you'll find 804 a little behind 004.<br><br>***Leoville
1080i? What's the difference between that and 1080p?<br><br>I wonder about my 23" Apple HD display. When I watch DVD's on it (which isn't often) they look good but not amazing. (Will have to watch another one just to make sure...it's been that long)<br><br>I have downloaded HDTV shows like Lost and watched them on my mac. Am I watching true 1080i or p? (from what I understand, 1080 has to be at least 1900x1200 which mine is)<br><br>
Here's a question I would like some information on. Over on that site that Topper linked to, one poster said this:<br><br>"calibrate the display with something like DVE or at least the THX optimizer found on numerous DVDs (like Star Wars.) "<br><br>Is it easy to calibrate the displays? Is this for LCD's or Plasma or both?<br><br>
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