[opendtv] Re: 480i 16:9 with pillarboxed image

  • From: Albert Manfredi <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:59:10 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

>> Come now, Craig. Consumers couldn't care less. Consumers move to IP
>> TV if it offers stuff that OTA (in cases like me), or that MVPD
>> traditional TV channels, don't offer. MPEG-2 doesn't even figure on
>> their radar.
> Excuse my french, but Bull$#*&!
> Why are people clammoring for "retina" displays on mobile devices?

Why? I don't know. Craig B should have told them that 480p is all they need. 
He's been preaching that for decades. Now that Apple has coined the term 
"retinal display," all of a sudden it's a "must have." I seem to remember this 
discussion from way back at the start of HDTV, having viewed some sets in 
stores. That I couldn't wait to get one.

The other answer being, you're confusing discussions, as usual, which makes it 
hard to give concise replies. A retinal display on a tiny handheld device 
should look GREAT if you feed it HDTV streams. Of course, for that to be 
possible, you need to improve receivers. And even then, TV OTA broadcasts are 
not optimized for handheld devices, as far as content goes. Handheld devices 
are not really ideal for long sit-down sessions. VOD is a better fit, and the 
Internet is a far better distribution medium for VOD.

The average consumer can't even spell MPEG-2, and couldn't care less.

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