The State of High Definition

As this is the holiday season, I’m sure many people are getting HDTV but not me and there are a few reasons why I and others might not be jumping in the high definition bandwagon. The most obvious reason is that the high price of joining the high definition club is still extremely restrictive. Sure, you can afford the television but then you also have to consider the HD DVD or Blu-ray player, the HD programing that you’re going to have to subscribe to, and making your whole DVD library essentially obsolete. To own and truly enjoy an HDTV, you’re looking to spend thousands and thousands of dollars.

Another reason for holding off on getting an HDTV is the on going war between HDTV and Blu-ray. I, for one, do not want to commit to either side and risk having the side I chose become obsolete, wasting me hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Until the high definition war between HD DVD and Blu-ray is settled, HDTVs will not be common place in our homes.

One thing that I found recently that surprised me was the amount of people that were ignorant to what high definition is. I come across people asking, “Does it really look better?” or the apathetic saying, “DVDs look good enough for me.” Even though HDTVs have been out seemingly forever, I still consider the technology in the “early adopter” stage. Most people I know still use their old tube TVs and watch standard definition content because that is all that they know and have become accustomed to. It all comes down to the fact that the different between standard definition is not a big enough of a different to elicit such an expensive purchase and, more importantly, investment. To me, the difference between standard definition and high definition is a world of difference every since I started watching some over the air HD channels and watching my video podcasts in HD. The price of admission is further increased by the fact that any HDTV smaller than 42 inches will not see the full benefit of high definition content. Even though I see this world of difference, I have decided not to buy into the high definition world just yet. Soon…maybe. But not now.

I have a feeling these caveats are not going to prevent people from purchasing HDTVs but that’s a good thing because this will drive prices down and perhaps my broke ass will finally be able to join the high definition camp.

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