[opendtv] Re: Analysis: Should Apple Buy Hollywood?

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:11:39 -0500

At 6:08 PM -0600 2/21/12, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
So, you really believe that Britons are demanding HD sets because they think the 576i image will look better than it would on a SDTV?

First, THEY DO!

Second, the difference in quality between upscaled Freeview and DVD movies versus original HD source is only significant on sets larger than 50 inch.


I doubt it. I'd say, more likely, the US HDTV market has made it so the CE companies have little incentive to go on marketing SD sets. When people get rid of their old boxy CRTs, they don't have a choice of SD LED panels anymore.

The big difference Bert was the migration from analog CRT displays to lithographed displays. CRTs max out around 36" and still have major geometric distortions, they are heavy and bulky, and for wide screen CRTs these problems are even worse.

The turning point was when LCD progressed to the point where large screens (>50") became affordable to manufacture, and smaller sizes became cheaper.

The TV market was not even the driver in all of this - the LCD display market was driven by the computer industry. The TV market followed as new foundries were created for larger screens.

Regards
Craig


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