Nobody Notices HD-DVD Picture Quality
I thought I’d share an excerpt from my latest editorial “10 MORE Reasons Why HD-DVD Formats Have Already Failed”
I was given a first-hand experience of the absolute apathy people have towards the new high definition formats when I invited my father-in-law and brother-in-law over for a movie night. We watched Batman Begins on HD DVD, arguably a reference disc. We watched it on an ISF-calibrated 1080p projector (a Mitsubishi HC5000, in for review from ProjectorPeople.com) and the results were amazing. Even though I told them they were watching it in true high definition they never seemed to understand the significance. You see, to the average consumer, DVDs are high definition.
They were impressed by the 100-inch diagonal projector screen, but the fact that it was being displayed at higher-than-DVD resolution didn’t seem to affect them one bit. It is my continuing contention that until prices of players drop below $200 and high-definition discs either replace the DVD or become so commonplace as to be recognized by the general public, the switch from DVD to HD-DVD is going to remain something that only significantly impacts enthusiasts who make up a relatively small percentage of the total market.
Am I bummed? Nah, I think ultimately this new HD-DVD fad is going to give away to on-demand HD content and pay per view models… I’m not sure that I like that, but it seems to be inevitable for now.