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  james55 20:38 23 Mar 2005

Looks like more than 38.8% of us are confused click here

  Forum Editor 21:15 23 Mar 2005

and I freely confess I'm one of the 38.8% who are confused. I was at my local PC World store last weekend, and right next door there's a giant new Curry's store. I wandered in, and spent half an hour prowling around the TV section. There must have been around 70 or 80 TV sets on display, and the information on the tickets was confusing, to say the least. The section staff seemed more interested in clustering around their own computer than helping customers - there were five of them in a tight little group around the screen - so I wandered back out again, and drove home.

My business partner has just bought a new set from John Lewis. He says it's future-proof, but I'm deeply suspicious of such vague phrases. It cost an arm and a leg, so I hope he's right.

  james55 21:21 23 Mar 2005

FE like most of us I bought a widescreen TV a few years ago. I am still waiting for the full benefit, however I still enjoy it.

  TOPCAT® 00:03 24 Mar 2005

the wind blows regarding HDTV. Rigga's link from a previous thread in Consumerwatch, reproduced here, outlines the confusion that exists over this format. Even the EU authority concerned hasn't yet decided which of the different types of high definition to go for. You need to know that, plus a confirmation from our PAL authority before parting with your money.

This article is heavy reading but, over its seven pages gives an insight into the confusion that plagues the whole industry. It goes beyond the means to view HD - the humble TV - but encompasses many areas, such as compatibility with the current DVD format when Blue-ray Disk technology and other formats struggle to find markets on their release here. Initially, all these products will be extremely expensive and only what the consumer decrees is value for money will make the grade, I think. I'll be waiting until the dust settles and the prices get reasonable before I take the plunge. TC.

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  powerless 00:22 24 Mar 2005

There are no [err apart from sky?] tv people broadcasting in HDTV, so you got the tele but not HDTV as we want to know it.

  TOPCAT® 12:04 24 Mar 2005

Possibly he might have to take out a second mortgage to get it, mind you. He does have time to get this organised, however, as the screen is not due out until May. :o) TC.

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  TOPCAT® 12:32 24 Mar 2005

These FAQs may be of help to potential Sky subscribers. TC.

"Most HDTV content will be protected by HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). This means most HDTV content will only be able to be viewed on display devices that have HDCP software built into them...."

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