Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jul 2010 09:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV I'm a couch potato. There, I've said it. I love sitting down and watching sci-fi movies, like any good geek would. And this is an (almost religious) action that hasn't changed for many, many, years. But I feel that we're in for a surprise soon. The way we watch TV and access content is about to change. TV watching will at last arrive into the 21st Century, and the technology giants will be there to duke it out for the reins of this new industry.
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bah
by TheGZeus on Sun 18th Jul 2010 15:19 UTC
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2010-05-19

TV is dead. People don't gather around the TV any more, and with 1080p monitors being as common as they are, and virtually no one able to discern resolution above 720, there's no need for _that_ even. Why even bother with a specialised device. Just let us use our computers.
The only thing that interests me about live TV is baseball, and American baseball play doesn't interest me that much.
I'd much rather watch Japanese baseball, and if there's an international standard for net broadcast, I'd be able to watch that. That's unlikely, given how few people in Japan use general-purpose computers... grr.

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RE: bah
by Kroc on Sun 18th Jul 2010 15:25 in reply to "bah"
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It’s not the TV channels people want, it’s the large screen. A 22" PC monitor (and the PC interface) is not the same as a 52" LCD. What people would like is a simple interface to photos, the web and media without having to be a geek to hook up a PC to a TV and juggle the plethora of crappy software.

It will be a success, if all the in-fighting between manufacturers doesn’t cripple the market for 5 years. And that the cable companies are as clueless as AT&T.

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RE[2]: bah
by TheGZeus on Sun 18th Jul 2010 19:02 in reply to "RE: bah"
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2010-05-19

...and you can hook up any computer with a DVI or HDMI(or displayport, really) to a computer with said output(s).

A TV is a monitor with a tuner in it.

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RE: bah
by nt_jerkface on Sun 18th Jul 2010 20:21 in reply to "bah"
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2009-08-26

TV is dead. People don't gather around the TV any more


Maybe at your house and mine but:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/02/08/2010-02-08_s...

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RE: bah
by AaronD on Sun 18th Jul 2010 20:44 in reply to "bah"
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2009-08-19

TV is dead.

Show me a Youtube video as good as "The Wire" and I might agree with you.

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RE[2]: bah
by TheGZeus on Sun 18th Jul 2010 23:03 in reply to "RE: bah"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

I didn't say "professional programming".
I said TV.

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RE: bah
by 3rdalbum on Mon 19th Jul 2010 11:57 in reply to "bah"
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2008-05-26

and with 1080p monitors being as common as they are, and virtually no one able to discern resolution above 720, there's no need for _that_ even.


See an optometrist. People with half-decent vision should be able to see the difference between 720p and 1080p at normal viewing distance. Now, 1080i and 1080p is more difficult; but 720p and 1080p are miles apart.

If you can't easily see the difference between 720 and 1080 then you probably have an undiagnosed eye problem.

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RE[2]: bah
by TheGZeus on Mon 19th Jul 2010 13:16 in reply to "RE: bah"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

"and with 1080p monitors being as common as they are, and virtually no one able to discern resolution above 720, there's no need for _that_ even.


See an optometrist. People with half-decent vision should be able to see the difference between 720p and 1080p at normal viewing distance. Now, 1080i and 1080p is more difficult; but 720p and 1080p are miles apart.

If you can't easily see the difference between 720 and 1080 then you probably have an undiagnosed eye problem.
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I'm not making this up.
Perhaps better display refresh rates have changed things, but as recent as last year researchers were claiming that it wasn't possible.

Reports seem different now, which is frustrating (I hate being incorrect, and this sort of thing _should_ be easy to calculate) but meh.
That's not the point I was trying to make, it was something of an aside.

I have a 1080p monitor.
It was cheap. I can watch whatever I want, and I don't have to ask anyone if I want to change the channel.

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RE[2]: bah
by nt_jerkface on Wed 21st Jul 2010 01:13 in reply to "RE: bah"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It depends on the size of the HDTV.

Most people can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on HDTVS smaller than 40", especially on plasmas. Note that you can't judge 720p with a 1080p native monitor.

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