Registered: Jan 2001
Location: Oakland, CA
Originally posted by BlankMan
btmoore you made my point about being one of the diehards that would run out and buy three of them. From the looks of you're equipment list you're in a position where you can do that, the other 99% of us in the world can't. The point was made of price point, that's what's going to do it. Hardly anyone is going to spend $699 or more for an HDTV TiVo when less then 10% (I'm guessing it's probably lower) of the shows are HDTV. We can't afford that yet. I sympathize with you wanting more HDTV programing and equipment, but it ain't gone happen until a good portion of the rest of us in that 99% can, or will, join you. And I doubt TiVo, or anyone else is going to produce a product that has even less of a market then the ones they're already trying to get the public to adopt. Currently, that doesn't make good business since. And the old adage Build it and they will buy don't hold no water because they've been trying that approach since 1997 with limited success.
This is not a question of the haves vs the have nots, and I would only buy one because my house is wired for HD distribution from a central AV room. I am sure the market for HD PVR will carry a premium price just like JVC's HD VCR sells ~ $1000.00 at brick and mortars. If JVC did not think there was not a market and they could not make if profitable, they would not make the device, even though I have not purchased on because there is no Firewire enabled DSS STBs to record from and I would much prefer a PVR system over tape. There are many HD STBs on the market right now, Hughes, Sony, Tosh, Mits, RCA, Zenith, JVC, and Samsung, priced all over the map from the $400 - $1000 range, each of these companies had invest in to developing these products and bring them to market. JVC and Dish are taking the lead with developing the 921, I hope it is a great box because I want a good HD PVR solution. As long as the price is not completely insane I will move over to dish and drop my TiVo.
I would encourage you to educate your self on the amount of HD content available and it growing all the time. Almost all the programming I watch is available in HD or ED format, so for me now is the right time for a HD PVR. I am sorry if you live in a market that your broadcasters are not providing HD programming, but for me I have a bonanza of HD programming available.
Originally posted by BlankMan
Granted HDTV offers a better picture, but how good does it have to be? Somebody's always going to want better. Even when DTV is increasing compression to add more channels, its still better than over the air or any cable I've ever had. So you get a little tearing or smearing or pixelation once it a while, big deal, life does not revolve around TV, at least mine doesn't.
It is a big difference. The larger the picture the more critical HD for viewing quality. Even on a small HD screen there is a large quality difference in the picture. Colors are flat on NTSC, there is no depth or detail, I would encourage you to spend some time looking at HD content on a good display. There is no going back to SD after you start watching HD. SD is like having bad eyes and HD is like having your vision corrected. While my life does not revolve around TV either, I enjoy having a home theater and creating a theater like experience in my home and that is what has let me down the HD path on most of my TVs. The PQ is so bad on the DTivo, if it were not for the user interface and time shifting capabilities it would be long gone.
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