TV Day

It’s TV Day today on The Screen Savers. The Chair of the FCC’s Digital Television Task Force will explain the planned transition to digital TV. We’ll tell you what digital TV has to offer, how to turn your computer into an HDTV receiver, and what to look for in your next TV.
Wide Screen ScreensaverWe’re looking for DTV related questions for tonight, so if there’s something you want to know about digital television and HDTV call 888-989-7879 or fax 415 437-5869 by 6:30p Eastern.

As a side note, I’ve been playing with the Piano Avanti HE-3200 DLP projector to get ready for the show today. It casts an 80 inch screen on my bedroom wall which turns out to be the perfect way to watch The Sopranos. What I didn’t realize is how well it would work with my Xbox.

The Xbox has settings to support HDTV, including 480p, 720p, and 1080i resolutions. I bought a component video interface to connect it to the Piano and BAM! Wow! Most Xbox games work in HD. Some of them don’t look great (Sega’s World Series 2K2 baseball game, for instance, gets a little jaggy) but others look spectacular. Spiderman and Munch’s Oddysee are like watching movies. Xbox is surprisingly well prepared for the 21st century. Henry and I can’t wait until Rayman 3 comes out March 25.

17 Replies to “TV Day”

  1. Hi Léo!
    I know talk show hosts are not thrilled about HDTV (i.e. gonna have to get new type of makeup), but I am really excited about the increased image quality of HDTV. Please let us know when TechTV starts broadcasting HDTV.
    I am looking forward to tonight’s show.
    – Michael J. Titera
    Fremont, California

  2. I understand why the FCC is in the process of outlawing analog tv; but what about those of us who can not aford $1000-$10,000 to buy a digital tv or projector. Will we be left out in the cold when the switch is made or will their be any way to made current analog sets capatible with digital signa’s.

  3. Oh, just thought of something else – I get digital cable from comcast. Right now they’re compressing analog signal’s and converting to digital. That’s not the same thing as hdtv – will digital cable be compatible with hdtv.

  4. I just got a new 36 inch Sony two years ago, and have no interest in HDTV. My friend has it, you need the decoder, pay for the extra channels, the tv are so pricey. I will wait 5 years till the average person can afford one. I didnt even watch the show tonight. When they cut off the people on hold, for tv questions, that lack of respect did it for me.

  5. Way back in the days when televisions first came out, they were extremely expensive. Most people just had one television set. As the prices came down so most families could afford the b/w tvs then color tv’s came out which again was too expensive for most to afford. What makes this any different from the introduction of HDTV? Most people won’t be able to afford it right away, but I’m sure when the hdtv comes down in price where most everyone could afford one, something better would be out like 3DTV, total-immersion tv or whatever. Those new technologies would be out of reach for many people. For those who like to be on the leading edge of technology, there’s always a higher price to be paid. For those people who complain that new technologies are just too pricey, they have to be. Otherwise, how are these companies to recoup the development costs for these new technologies? It’s the early adopters of the new technologies that help those companies make it cheaper down the line for the rest. If it weren’t for the early adopters, new technologies may very well die before they even take off. For example, Sony Beta tape. In many ways superior to VHS, but not enough adopters of the format (also being a proprietary format) killed it.
    Don’t dismiss something just because it’s priced out of reach of many right now. Soon enough, it’ll be affordable to most if not all.

  6. I’ve been looking at HDTV’s for the past few months , trying to decide which one to get (so many too choose) I didn’t want to buy something that would be obsolite in 6 months or that wouldn’t support a upincoming video format. The Screen Savers HDTV show was just what I was looking for. You guys know what your viewers want and hit it right on the nose. Now that I have the info.I’m set to go shopping. Thanks again Leo and The Screen Savers.

  7. The FCC says that the broadcaster will cut broadcasting analog TV when 85% of the customers are using Digital TV. How can the FCC or broadcaster determine this? The only way for a true count is to go into each house and count the type of TVs. And that won’t happen. This appears to be a loophole that will allow analog to continue forever

  8. I’m a big fan of HDTV! A few years back, I picked up a Hitachi 43″ 16×9 HDTV and a Sony SatHD100 DirecTV Receiver. DirecTV only offers a 4 channels right now: a PPV channel, HDNet, HBO, and Showtime. With an over the air antenna, I get an additional 5 channels: ABC, CBS, PBS, WB, and UPN… so it’s not a bad deal. The I wish I could get FOX and NBC, but I just can’t get the signal strength for them. After watching the 43″ for a while, I decided I wanted something a little bigger, so I moved the 43″ upstairs to my office area and purchased another 53″ Hitachi and SATHD100 for my living room. (Why have 1 of something when you can have 2 for twice the price? 🙂
    I didn’t mind paying the high cost of HDTV when it first came out. Same as I didn’t mind paying $800 for my first DVD player or my 1X cd-rom burner. As with any hobby, home theater is expensive.
    My only complaint is that neither of my HDTVs have a DVI input which I feel is going to be very important. I’m really looking forward to HD-Tivo which should be coming out later this year. Maybe once that comes out, I can use that as a poor excuse to get a nice HD projector. It goes on and on and on… 🙂

  9. I think that the FCC is being rather irresponsible on their part. I’ve heard that you should wait ’til at least next year to buy an HDTV and the switch is in 2006. I think that is very irresponsible of the FCC and they should’ve either pushed the date back farther or made these manufacturers get off their butts much faster and gotten the technology out there. This will be a very big switch that so far has turned out not much more than a big mess for the consumer over the next three years.

  10. TV is the opiate of the masses, they can’t rush their little dream idea of selling off the spectrum any sooner due to this tiny bump in the road called a recession with too many people out of work, or under-employed to buy fancy schmancy tv’s. 2010 was the date I heard most recently for when the definite cut off date will be for broadcasters to stop sending analog tv out.
    And they will tell when 85% of the market has switched due to ratings book information on audience size, probably. Although that is a guess on my part.

  11. Not that this comment pertains to this topic, but does anyone read Cat’s blog?
    The latest entry includes the term:
    “I want to get h164”
    as well as multiple sexual references. I know she has every right to post that, but why must she inflate her ego because of her excited fanbase? I think she should stick to technology on her blog.

  12. Just can’t wait until the HD TiVo comes out – that’ll mark the switch time for us!

  13. That’s lovely I guess, but I really could care less. Just bring TechTV back to Toms River, NJ and I’ll be happy!

  14. Good topic! I’m interested in turning my computer into an HDTV receiver. I own a 50″ projection HDTV and that would be very handy.

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