May 23, 2007
Dear CNET members,
High definition is the talk of the town, and as prices of HDTVs continue to drop, more people are able to afford HDTVs and experience what HD programming is all about. And quite honestly, I'm one of those folks. It was only recently that the price point for a HDTV was within my budget, and I finally bit down and bought one and signed up for HD programming through my cable TV provider. Now I'm experiencing the whole HD landscape. And let me tell you something, once I started to watch TV programming in HD, I was hooked! Even though there are just a dozen or so channels that broadcast in HD, I continue to find myself mostly viewing those specific channels only--call me a HD snob, but it is incredible. (I'm no expert when it comes to picture quality. I leave that to my colleagues like David Katzmaier and John Falcone over at CNET Reviews.) I don't know if you folks have the Discovery Channel available to you, but they have a series called Planet Earth, which explores the landscapes and wildlife of different regions of the world--from the Artic to the jungle. Not only is the footage incredible, but viewing it in HD is absolutely worth every cent I put into getting high definition! Enough about my praise, I want to hear from you directly. In our latest Screening Room discussion, we're asking you: Is high definition worth it? After spending all that money on HDTV, high-def cable or satellite, HD DVD or Blu-ray, was it all worth it to you, or are you disappointed? I know some of you may not be into HD, but I still want to hear why. Is it the cost? The limited amount of HD channels? Or are you just not impressed by the quality? Whatever your reason, join us in the discussion and tell us what's on your mind about high definition. We're listening to you.
This week's hot topic:
Is high definition worth it?
To truly go high def, you've got to spend a lot of money. HDTV, high-def cable or satellite, HD DVD or Blu-ray, HD gaming console, high-def cables--it all adds up. Is high definition worth the thousands of dollars needed to achieve it? When asked, "Is high definition worth it?", many of our members chimed in to tell us what they thought.
"Yes and no"
"For the most part, I definitely think high def is worth it. Although it's expensive to upgrade all your components, at least you can do it piecemeal in many cases. For example, while I do have an HDTV, I currently get my HD content from free over-the-air HDTV signals. I also haven't upgraded to a high-def game console yet, but I definitely think it's worth the..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member MoskovciakM"Absolutely..."
"I was with the many who did not think so just five months ago. My friend bought a Sony 1080p 60-inch TV and Blu-ray player (PS3), and I was at his home watching movies. I was absolutely shocked at the clarity and difference. I went out and bought the exact same setup as my friend. I think many people think "no," but..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member pug354It is for some and going to be for others"
"I think it's like the VCR, which was quite high in price initially but has dropped 90 percent over time and now is all but redundant. It may be worth it for some people now as it comes at a cost that they aren't concerned about. For others, it will be worth it when the cost comes down and more HDTV sources become available to utilize this technology..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member intrepiSpeak up!
Here's your chance to tell us if you think high def is worth it to you or not. And tell us all the reasons why or why not. Don't hold back now!
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