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Sep. 12th, 2009

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From:gaspodog
Date:September 12th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Unless you have a Blu-Ray player, a console with HD output or you watch HD channels on the TV a lot, you don't really need to worry about HD TVs for the time being. By the time you replace it, you won't be able to get one that *isn't* HD, by which point you may have found a need for one :-) We got a "HD-Ready" one (720p instead of the full HD 1080p), which is connected to the XBox. It's worth noting that when you do replace your telly, you may also need to factor in the cost of a new DVD player too. More recent players have hardware/software built in to "upscale" standard definition DVDs to higher definition screens, in an effort to hide some of the more obvious effects of displaying an SD picture on a much higher resolution screen. When your TV does finally get replaced, it's worth doing a bit of research - after all, replacing all your DVDs with Blu-Ray will not be a particularly cheap endeavour (though I guess you already suffered the VHS to DVD transition, so you know how it goes).

On the wireless front, we find having wireless internet access in the flat very useful, and have a cordless phone too. Obviously, if you have your flat wired up with ethernet cabling to start with, you don't really need to bother ;-)

I think the impending problem we may face in terms of wireless consumer electronics is the somewhat overcrowded portion of spectrum these devices uses. What with wi-fi, bluetooth, cordless phones, A/V senders and baby monitors, there are more and more things out there that use the currently available frequencies. I haven't had a problem with it yet, but I reckon we'll need to free up a bit more spectrum for wireless stuff soon or else it will start to be an issue, especially for those in higher density housing.
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From:johnckirk
Date:September 12th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - I'm not in any hurry to replace my TV. For now, I figure that there's no point upgrading the TV because I don't have Blu-Ray or Sky HD, and there's no point getting Blu-Ray or Sky HD until I have an HD TV :)

I thought that Blu-Ray players could handle DVDs too, so I wouldn't have to replace all my disks unless I specifically wanted high-res versions? In lots of cases, I'm not sure whether that would be an option, e.g. old 80s films. Personally, I'd like to see Blu-Ray used as a way to reduce storage space, e.g. an entire season of "Babylon 5" on a single disk, at the same picture quality we have now. However, I doubt that will ever happen.
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From:gaspodog
Date:September 14th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh of course, yes, as far as I know the Blu-Ray devices will generally play normal DVDs too, so I guess you wouldn't have to replace them. You would, however, have to resist the temptation, or at least make sure the Blu-Ray player you got was decent at upscaling.

Unfortunately, you can't get a whole series of B5 onto a Blu-Ray disc in 1080p HD resolution, which is the main point of Blu-Ray :)
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