Monday, January 30, 2006

High Definition

I have one major indulgence in my condo: my TV. We always had small TVs growing up and I knew when I got my own place I'd buy a big tv. The bigger the better. The biggest TV I could afford. So that's what I did. I bought a 61" HD-ready TV. I, of course, also had to get the HD add package from Comcast. It was only an extra $5 a month and it is so worth it.

HD is simply amazing. The quality is so good even Molly said, "whoa" when she saw a sporting event in HD. But here comes my dilemma.

I turned on the TV the other night and Road to Perdition was on ABC-HD. I've never seen Road to Perdition but I've always wanted to. I caught it right during the opening credits so it was perfect for me because I refuse to come into anything halfway in. I'll turn a movie off if I miss the first 10 minutes. So I see this movie and I say to myself, "This looks amazing in HD! Way better then any DVD I could rent." But then I had an argument with myself: Watch it in HD with commercials and possibly edited content or watch it at a later date in lower resolution DVD but without commercials and editing.

I opted for the DVD because I hate commercials but now I REALLY want HD-DVDs or Bluray. I'm not sure who will win that war but I wish all parties would sit down, decide on one, and split the royalties.

I also got this HD tuner for my computer. The packaged software isn't very good but once SnapStream supports QAM recording it will be SWEET.


At 1/31/2006 12:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so going to rob your house!

At 1/31/2006 1:23 PM , Blogger Ryan said...

Good luck getting past Hadie: The big scary black doorwoman. I'm lucky she lets me into my own building some days.

At 2/01/2006 2:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't covet HD DVD's too much, they're going to cripple them anyway:

HD DVD and Blu-ray content to be degraded for analog displays

If you buy a new TV I'll take your old one off your hands =)

At 2/01/2006 2:34 PM , Blogger Ryan said...

Lucky for me, I have an HDMI input on my TV so this won't affect me. I currently have a DVD player with upconversion and HDMI output. I'm not so sure about the upconversion but the HDMI ensures that I'm getting that pure digial signal that we all covet.


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