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  1. Wil_J

    Wil_J Stunt Coordinator

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    Ok. It wasn't too long ago when I put together a small HT system for me and my wife's living room. Needless to say, I love it.
    I don't know anything about HDTV though. If I'm eventually going to buy a bigscreen, widescreen rear projection HDTV like I want to. I need to start learning about what makes an HDTV so much better than a regular TV. I know it has something to do with the actuall lines projected on the TV, but I don't know much more than that.
    Can anyone help me out? I need to learn everything about everything, but most importantly is that I UNDERSTAND it. I hate not knowing something that I want to know, and I need to start learning about screen resolution etc. etc.
    Help!!........Wil
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    Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."

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    Actually, what's more important is that your wife understands what makes an HDTV so great so she'll let you buy one!!
     
  3. Wil_J

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    Actually, she understands my hobby (addiction?) and has already approved me getting one. It's just a matter of cost and how long it takes to save for the one I want.
    As a matter of fact, she is the one that bought me my main speakers out of her own paycheck (after letting me pick them out of course)........Wil
     
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    Wil_J - where are you?
    As far as HDTV... let's compare it to regular TV and DVD...
    Regular TV has 480 lines visible, transmitted in an interlaced (odd lines, then even, then odd, etc.), 60 fields or 30 frames per second. 480 line interlaced is known as 480i.
    DVD produces 480 lines also, in interlaced or with some newer players, a progressive non-interlaced signal. 480 progressive is known as 480p.
    HDTV offers content in (at least 3) flavors: 480p, 720p and 1080i. 480p is nice of course, but 720p and 1080i offer STUNNING detail, way better than DVD. The 1080i can introduce a bit of flicker on thin horizontal high contast lines, but trust me, you will be AMAZED.
    Today you can get HDTV content from 3 sources... over the air (OTA) using a TV antenna and tuner, and from satelite, either from DirecTV (HBOHD and HDNet) or from Dish (HBO, Showtime, and some PPV). HBOHD on DirecTV is often 480i content 'upconverted' to 1080i (no real benefit I don't believe), but HDNet is BREATHTAKING 1080i content, with mainly 'demonstration' special interest programs.
    Hope that helps.
     
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    This is good information. Thanks Paul for the intro to everything. One question though: Why is 1080i an HDTV standard if it's an interlaced picture?
    And since 1080i is an interlaced picture, does that mean that 720p is a better picture since it is not interlaced?
    Another thing I just thought of, does a TV being widescreen change any of the above numbers? Or does everything stay the same no matter what type of TV you're using?
    I live on Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri........Wil
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    "The rose petal floats on water,
    the kingfisher flashes above the pond.
    Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."

    al'Lan Mandragoran,
    *******The Wheel of Time
    [Edited last by Wil_J on November 09, 2001 at 09:15 AM]
     
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    What is a motion artifact? Are you saying that 720p & 1080i are both HDTV Standards, I just need to decied what looks better to me?.......Wil
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    "The rose petal floats on water,
    the kingfisher flashes above the pond.
    Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."

    al'Lan Mandragoran,
    *******The Wheel of Time
     
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    Motion artifacts on 1080I are pretty benign, IMO. I generally don't see them on film-based stuff such as the HD movies on HBO, or the primetime CBS and ABC stuff. Mostly you will occasionally see some stair-stepping or jaggies on near-horizontal or rounded edges when watching video-based stuff. I suppose the "worst" case is a hi-def basketball or tennis game. You can definitely see these kinds of problems. But really, basketball in 1080I is pretty amazing to watch. The problems there tend to be more with MPEG compression artifacts than with motion artifacts.
     
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    dhackney of the avs forum provided most of these links.
    http://www.avsforum.com – A Home Theater Forum that has an excellent HDTV Hardware, Programming and Recording sections
    http://www.hdtvgalaxy.com/ - great place to find out what is televised in HDTV, good general information http://www.ee.washington.edu/consele.../ntsc/95x4.htm - Explains our current TV standard (NTCS) http://www.ee.washington.edu/consele.../hdtv/95x5.htm - Explains our new TV standard (ATSC) HDTV; but some of the info is outdated.
    http://www.titantv.com/ - great place to find local DTV channels available in your area as well as great help for selecting an antenna
    http://www.ilovehdtv.com/hdtvforum/menu.html
    http://hdtvinsider.com/ - HDTV newsletter which appears in The Perfect Vision Magazine
    http://www.copperbox.com/ - HDTV STB
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/hdtv.htm - how it works, good overview, great links
    http://www.cnet.com/electronics/0-3622-7-2643589.html - Consumer Reports--HDTV Guide
    http://home.cnet.com/electronics/0-3...4926010-1.html – CNET’s HDTV explained article
    http://www.princeton.edu/~conorneu/hdtv/hdtv.html - good site from a college student project. Not the most current but covers the basics well. Good introductory content
    http://www.pbs.org/opb/crashcourse/ - simple overview of HDTV
    http://www.hdtvbuyer.com/ - video professional site, good pro perspective, news, links, etc
    http://www.ce.org/pdf/dtv_guide_current_issue.pdf
    http://www.twice.com/DTVcharts/html – loads of info on most HDTV monitors currently on the market
    http://dtv720p.com/ - programming info for ABC HDTV broadcast
    http://www.dtvmax.com/ DTV and HDTV news site
    http://www.cbs.com/hdtv – HDTV schedule for CBS
    http://www.hdpictures.com/ HDTV info center (on of the best resource sites)
    http://www.novia.net/~ereitan/index.html - history of color TV, good for perspective on introducing new TV standards in the US market
    http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Archives...11-002672.html – info on how to record HDTV
    http://pub1.ezboard.com/bdigitaltelevisionhdtvforum – DTV Internet board
    http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/index.htm – HDTV tips site
    http://www.antennaweb.org – OTA (off the air) antenna help
    http://www.henninger.com/library/hdtvfilm/ - good overview of resolutions & conversions; resolution charts
    http://www.atsc.org/ - the people who set the standard
    http://gehon.ir.miami.edu/com/classes/cbr535/hdtv.htm - good links; very good collection of links to pertinent HDTV documents
    http://www.channel4000.com/partners/tv/hometown/partners-tv-hometown-19991126-195042. html - basic FAQ from WCCO Minneapolis
    http://www.digitaltelevision.com - good collection of info, good archive on CODFM vs. 8VSB
    http://www.digitaltelevision.com/dtvbook/glossary.shtml - full glossary
    http://www.highdef.org/ - HD production news and info
     

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