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#1 Posted by Devil240Z (5709 posts) -

I have noticed that on the tested podcast they constantly shit on the Wii as a Netflix streaming source but I think it looks fine. I mean I spent alot of time watching TV at my friends house(on a 60 inch HDTV) and didn't find out for months that his cable was running through composite video and it didn't ever bother me. So does HD video content really matter at all?

Now as a disclaimer I will say that there are alot of reasons for gaming to be argued as better in HD, small text for one. I am only taling about movies/tv.

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#2 Posted by StaticFalconar (4919 posts) -

I used to not care, but then there was this program called planet earth that came on years ago. Seeing that in HD versus not was seriously worth it. With how much cheaper HD space is, I don't mind downloading the 720p versions of stuff in general. Its not exactly a deal breaker to me if I can't it in HD, but if its there I'd pick it. 

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#3 Posted by SuperSambo (3076 posts) -

Hell yes, HD looks far better and I will always try to view something in HD rather than SD if possible,

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#4 Posted by MideonNViscera (2269 posts) -

Jesus no. I don't even know why I pay for all these HD channels. I never use them because my guide always seems to show the standard ones first. Then you look at something like Zune where they actually want more money to rent in HD. Yeah right haha

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#5 Posted by Vexxan (4629 posts) -

If HD is available I always choose HD. I don't see any reason to watch lower quality.

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#6 Posted by Cameron (795 posts) -

If there is an HD option I will always get that version. For example, I would never buy a movie on DVD if it is available on Blu-ray. SD might look fine, but HD looks better.

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#7 Posted by Devil240Z (5709 posts) -

@StaticFalconar: I think planet earth was one of the first things to be broadcast in HD.

I don't really see any benefit to HD. I see the benefit of an HDTV but not HD content.

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#8 Posted by Devil240Z (5709 posts) -

@Vexxan said:

If HD is available I always choose HD. I don't see any reason to watch lower quality.

I usually choose HD but when I am using an a la carte service like on PSN or XBL I usually just get SD cause its way cheaper.

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#9 Posted by amir90 (2243 posts) -

If I can watch it HD, then why not?

But, there is almost no point to HD, if there is low bitrate, might as well watch it in SD then.

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#10 Posted by PenguinDust (12975 posts) -

I care. I used to subscribe to Netflix streaming but recently dropped that element of my membership. I kept the Blu-ray via mail service. My internet speed isn't too fast, so I could never get Netflix to stream at a decent resolution. I'm not blaming them, it's just the options I have for broadband are limited and so I deal with it the best I can. When it comes to movies I've grown spoiled by 1080p clarity and I want to see that in every new movie I rent. Even over DirectTV, I prefer to watch the HD channels over the still-SD versions. I pay extra but I enjoy everything more in HD. Besides, I bought an HD TV, why not get full use from it?

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#11 Posted by Devil240Z (5709 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

I care. I used to subscribe to Netflix streaming but recently dropped that element of my membership. I kept the Blu-ray via mail service. My internet speed isn't too fast, so I could never get Netflix to stream at a decent resolution. I'm not blaming them, it's just the options I have for broadband are limited and so I deal with it the best I can. When it comes to movies I've grown spoiled by 1080p clarity and I want to see that in every new movie I rent. Even over DirectTV, I prefer to watch the HD channels over the still-SD versions. I pay extra but I enjoy everything more in HD. Besides, I bought an HD TV, why not get full use from it?

I don't know if a video is above youtube quality from 5 years ago I am satisfied.

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#12 Posted by TentPole (1856 posts) -

I care more about HD in films than I do about HD in games.

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#13 Posted by deactivated-57beb9d651361 (4541 posts) -

I play games in HD, why wouldn't I also want my other media to look/sound as good as it possibly can?

Try comparing Planet Earth (the BBC series) in standard def. and high def.: they are worlds apart.

After you've tasted HD, you never want to go back.

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#14 Posted by vaiz (3061 posts) -

As everyone else has said, if HD is an option, I will take it. To some people, the difference between HD and SD is barely noticeable. I'm one of those people who is hyper sensitive to it. Now if something is both in SD and 4:3 aspect ratio, I refuse to touch it. Come on, this isn't 2003 anymore.

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#15 Posted by Devil240Z (5709 posts) -

@punkxblaze said:

As everyone else has said, if HD is an option, I will take it. To some people, the difference between HD and SD is barely noticeable. I'm one of those people who is hyper sensitive to it. Now if something is both in SD and 4:3 aspect ratio, I refuse to touch it. Come on, this isn't 2003 anymore.

I agree. I guess I am talking SD content in a moden aspect ratio.

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#16 Posted by Buscemi (1125 posts) -

HD is still High Definition, why go for ok when you can go for great?

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#17 Posted by imsh_pl (4056 posts) -

I care more about video quality in movies and videos than in games to be honest.

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#18 Posted by Tordah (2583 posts) -

@SuperSambo said:

Hell yes, HD looks far better and I will always try to view something in HD rather than SD if possible,

This is the right answer.

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#19 Posted by James_ex_machina (937 posts) -

Yes! My gf didnt until I bought her the LotR on Bluray. If I'm at someone's house and they don't have HD I don't complain but the whole time I wish they did.

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#20 Edited by mortal_sb (650 posts) -

i got a 50" plasma about a year ago and i'm sitting like 8 feet away. i have to say that i don't really need HD. i watch all of the shows i watch in HD, because it's the same level of convenience as for SD stuff. but when it comes to buying movies on DVD/Blu-Ray, i still buy the DVDs because they are way cheaper then the blu-rays and (given that you got a good dvd player with upres etc.) there isn't really a "huge" noticeable bumb in quality. you might notice that bumb more if you've got a super-sharp LCD TV, but i prefer my movies in a not so flashy way.

regarding 4:3 SD: recently watched the wire on DVD in SD with 4:3 on my plasma. don't need it in HD.

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#21 Posted by ftomato (246 posts) -

When watching tv, I always watch in HD - especially sports. When watching online, the infrastructure isn't that great around here, so I usually watch SD unless I know it'll download quickly. I rarely notice that it doesn't look as good. I watch giant bomb videos in SD as well (except PC quick looks due to the text size).

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#22 Posted by Lazyaza (2437 posts) -

I honestly get weirded out by people who think "SD is ok and I can't tell the difference between it and HD" still. That's just crazy talk now, plain and simple. I've got movies that I own on both dvd and blu-ray and the diferences in quality not just from visual but sound too are astounding. We also got one of the latest 120hz tv's this year and my god, even HD motion is superior now. The picture doesn't just look better, it moves better. So once again, people who haven't moved on to HD outside of financial reasons are just plain nuts.

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#23 Edited by Devil240Z (5709 posts) -

@Lazyaza: I can tell the difference. I just don't care. Normal Def looks fine. Superior Def is just Icing on the cake.

To clarify: I have an HDTV. Its hooked up to and HD cable box. I watch blu ray. but when I use it to watch netflix or hulu or youtube or giantbomb video content. it looks fine. as long as the audio is good and the video is clear I am happy.

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#24 Posted by Boboblaw (468 posts) -

No
 
I barely notice the difference between SD and HD on TV. I seem to notice it much better when watching something on the PC however but still I normally don't give a shit whether I download SD or HD stuff.

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#25 Posted by jetsetwillie (882 posts) -

fuck yeah.

nearly everything i watch is HD now. every time someone comes to my flat and questions the worth of HD i always put on the DVD of planets earth and then the blu-ray on my 46" samsung LCD and switch between.

the difference is massive.

the only one who didn't notice the difference was my elderly grandma with her poor eye sight.

so those that are not seeing the difference maybe it time for a trip to the optician.

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#26 Posted by jetsetwillie (882 posts) -

@Devil240Z said:

@StaticFalconar: I think planet earth was one of the first things to be broadcast in HD.

I don't really see any benefit to HD. I see the benefit of an HDTV but not HD content.

so whats the point of a HDTV if not to play HD content then.

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#27 Posted by Red12b (9360 posts) -

HD is my homeboy...

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#28 Posted by Panpipe (485 posts) -

I only rent Blurays now. Very, very rarely I'll get a DVD because there's no other way of watching something.

I find HD actually improves films. I watched Rango the other day on bluray, and I think it added A LOT to that film.

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#29 Posted by chrissedoff (2281 posts) -

it always takes me a while to re-adjust to watching tv in sucky definition

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#30 Posted by NinjaHunter (1002 posts) -

I've stopped buying DVD's about a year ago. I held out for quite awhile on buying blu-rays and use to think that DVD's looked fine. I was wrong and now I can't go back.

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#31 Posted by dudeglove (11882 posts) -

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#32 Posted by DjCmeP (1238 posts) -

@Titus said:

HD is still High Definition, why go for ok when you can go for great?

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#33 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12412 posts) -

Until the cable company stops charging extra for HD stuff, I don't care. Most of the stuff I watch is either old stuff that was never recorded in HD, or stuff that doesn't need to be in HD.

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#34 Edited by Marz (5927 posts) -

yes, standard definition looks horrid  on a 1080p 46" tv.   I gladly paid the extra 10$ a month for my HD satellite channels.

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#35 Edited by Swoxx (3031 posts) -

@Tordah said:

@SuperSambo said:

Hell yes, HD looks far better and I will always try to view something in HD rather than SD if possible,

This is the right answer.

This is the right reply to the right answer.

@Devil240Z said:

I don't really see any benefit to HD. I see the benefit of an HDTV but not HD content.

Wait, what?

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#36 Posted by Legxend (125 posts) -

When it comes to movies it is sometimes hard to go back to DVD, with Blu Ray not only is the picture great but the sound is a massive improvement it is one of the things I really notice.

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#37 Posted by isomeri (2312 posts) -

Yes I care about HD, a lot. My parents still have an old-school 32" rear-projection TV, and I really hate looking at programs on the thing. I have all my consoles hooked up to a 27" computer display and I don't own a TV-tuner. I swear that sometimes I get physically ill from watching SD-content from the national TV-broadcaster sites on the screen.

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#38 Posted by AlexW00d (7321 posts) -

@Devil240Z said:

@StaticFalconar: I think planet earth was one of the first things to be broadcast in HD.

I don't really see any benefit to HD. I see the benefit of an HDTV but not HD content.

What do you mean by that? Watching SD on a HD screen would make it look worse than watching SD on a SD screen.

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#39 Posted by hwy_61 (1046 posts) -
@James_ex_machina
Yes! My gf didnt until I bought her the LotR on Bluray. If I'm at someone's house and they don't have HD I don't complain but the whole time I wish they did.
I've heard of a green hue problem in the whole trilogy on Bluray. Is it present, and does it bother you?
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#40 Edited by BlinkyTM (1057 posts) -

HD is definitely better for movies and T.V. I can see all the pimples on the actors face now! :D

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#41 Posted by Dagbiker (7032 posts) -

Only in my games, and my porn

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#42 Posted by TobbRobb (5816 posts) -

If you have the opportunity, why not? I've got nothing stopping me. I usually watch movies on my PC fairly close to the screen, so lower resolutions are a lot more noticeable.

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#43 Posted by James_ex_machina (937 posts) -
@elsuperdonut I honestly didn't notice. My gf didn't notice. She did point out all the detail in the br version. She has watched the trilogy so many times she can recite all the lines and knows what music plays where. She's a true LotR geek. I'll ask her about it and see if she notices it when she watches the last film on BR.
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#44 Posted by Veektarius (5869 posts) -

I used to think it wasn't a big deal, since I enjoyed movies in SD just fine, but as soon as I see a type of thing in HD, I can immediately recognize when I'm not anymore. So yeah, I guess I care. I was pretty slow to make the switch to blu-ray though.

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#45 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2539 posts) -

I don't watch things in SD anymore.

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#46 Posted by hwy_61 (1046 posts) -

@James_ex_machina said:

@elsuperdonut I honestly didn't notice. My gf didn't notice. She did point out all the detail in the br version. She has watched the trilogy so many times she can recite all the lines and knows what music plays where. She's a true LotR geek. I'll ask her about it and see if she notices it when she watches the last film on BR.

Cool. I've been wanting to buy the BR trilogy, but have been hesitant due to that issue.

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#47 Posted by James_ex_machina (937 posts) -
@elsuperdonut I did a search for this issue. It seems to be only the extended versions have the added green/cyan tint. Strange. Waiting to hear what my gf thinks. Can't wait to bust on her for not noticing since she's such a fan.
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#48 Posted by Bane (675 posts) -

SD is dead to me.

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#49 Posted by stinky (1564 posts) -

in games it matters more to me because text is a lot less blurry.

but as far as movies i am not bothered too much.

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#50 Posted by Zidane_24 (750 posts) -

The only time I really care is when I'm watching football. Not sure why, but that's where I really notice the difference between SD and HD.