Posted November 16 2006 - 05:56 AM
| Originally Posted by Randy Korstick |
VHS didn't die until around 2001
I don't think that's accurate. VHS has just begun to die. In fact, Amazon is still selling VHS and they still have pre-orders for future VHS releases. It's definitely no longer the standard, but to say it died in 2001?
| HD may not appeal to the average consumer right now but what new technology ever has. Not DVD. It took 3 years to take off and so will HD-DVD/Blu-Ray. |
This again is being short sighted.
Not at all. DVD didn't require much from the consumer than to purchase a DVD player. Most all players came with the necessary cables, so there wasn't a big investment for the average consumer.
The reason it took 3 years to take off is because after 3 years, the DVD player started being priced under $100. This is a MAJOR factor in its popularity. Now take the average consumer: How long do you think it will be before the average consumer can spend less than $100 to have an HD setup? Again, making sure that you account for the MANY people who don't have HD-sets yet.
How long? 2 years? 3 years?
3 years before the average consumer can spend less than $100 on an HD setup? I just don't see it. Imagine if DVD required a special TV set, or imagine if the only way to listen to a DVD was to use a DTS capable reciever. Do you think DVD would have exploded in just 3 years? Hardly.
The average consumer wants cheap and ease of technology. Like I said, by the time HD reaches this point, who knows what new technology will be available.
| I was an early LD adopter as well bought them from 1986-1999 which I don't consider not lasting long. I enjoyed my LD's for many, many years and have many good memories of watching them and enjoying them. Just because they didn't last longer than 15 years I would never go back in time and stick with awful VHS over LD. Again the LD/HD comparison is an extremely poor comparison to make |
Remember, you're not the average consumer
The average consumer didn't get into LD. This is the arguement I am making for HD - You need a larger penetration in the marketplace before it's going to be considered the next "Standard".
LD was never the "Standard" due to it's lack of market penetration. It has nothing to do with functionality or quality - It's all dependant on mass consumer accessibility.
I mean, HD-DVD is already out and you can still buy VHS tapes.
Posted November 16 2006 - 06:30 AM
| Originally Posted by HenryDuBrow |
But do we really want old films to look like they were made yesterday, isn't it enough that new films do?
It depends what you mean by "made yesterday". If you mean, should it be digitally processed to remove film grain and look like it was shot in 2006, no, we probably don't want that. If you mean restored to look as close as it possibly can to how it looked upon its first release, removing decades of wear and tear, then, hell yes,I want that.
| Originally Posted by Aryn Leroux |
But unless they are fairly newer shows the older programs that would benefit are few and inbetween.
In theory, any program that was originated on film could benefit, although in practice, the producers often did just enough to make it look good on NTSC. In some cases - such as sitcoms - stuff from 50 years ago may benefit more than stuff from ten years ago.
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Posted November 16 2006 - 06:43 AM
| Originally Posted by Randy Korstick |
Yes in 2-3 years there should be HD Players for around $100.00.
I can agree with this.
| The TV factor does not count because everyone will eventually be upgrading their TVs to enjoy regular TV broadcasting once the HD mandate takes effect. |
It would be nice to imagine, but I wonder if it will actually happen. I'm sure they'll try, but I have to be skeptical and imagine some sort of HD->analog thing being put into place for those who are hanging on to their older TV's.
I'm just having a hard time imagining the entire country owning HD sets in 2-3 years.