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

  • From: "Albert Manfredi" <bert22306@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 04:51:47 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

Not to stray from the point here, but you don't need as much chrominance
bandwidth as luminance bandwidth. That's why S-VHS looked so good. And
yet, it didn't create the HDTV market, nor did DVDs. DVDs merely exploited
the existence of HDTVs, by introducing, after the fact, after HDTVs had
been around for some years, component analog interfaces. Early DVD
players did not have component outputs.

Not true. The DVD Video format was first introduced by Toshiba in Japan in
November 1996, and in the United States in March 1997. The first (non-test)
HDTV broadcasts in the U.S. began in November of 1998.

You're being your usual obstinate self.

HDTV had been in development since 1991. The ATSC formats had been standardized and published by 1994. The DVD spec, on the other hand, which was for an SD recording medium and was published at the end (December) of 1995, 4.7 GB disc, 480i or 576i (obviously not HD).

Like I said, at best, they exploited the standardized HDTV displays, but you will have a darned hard time convincing anyone that HDTV was developed for DVDs, or that people went out and bought HDTV sets primarily to watch DVDs.

On the other hand, instead of using yourself as the model for the market, perhaps you can find some real stats to make your point. How many people bought HDTV sets only to watch DVDs, when they had no HD source material? Better yet, how many people bought HDTV sets to watch DVDs only, without ANTICIPATING using them to watch HD material?

As always, Craig, just saying something doesn't make it so.


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