Originally Posted by faberryman
"It's obvious that sales are either hurting because people don't care about the performance increase (hard to believe) or they don't like the format war. I really think a lot of people aren't buying in either because they don't want to pick a loser."
Perhaps this is a bit off topic, but at what screen size does HD or BD become noticeably better than SD. If you have less than an x" display, then does a high definition format make any difference to you? What size displays are selling.
I have Dish Network at my current location. The unit sends an HD feed to my HT with 110" screen. It also sends another signal to a 2nd location in SD. The 2nd TV is a 30 inch tube HDTV. I can record in High Def and watch it on the 2nd TV, but it won't be in High Def. So for local channels I can do that and switch back and forth from the Receiver feed to OTA feed and compare. The difference is actually quite noticable on a small screen.
The problem is DVDs look a lot better than that Receiver. So it's hard to say exactly. I know some people claim you can't tell the difference between a 720p and 1080p on TVs smaller than a certain size. I swear I can see the difference.
The real question is, for the common consumer who took so long to buy HDTV, is it a big enough improvement over SD for them?
Remember we're talking about the downloading music crowd.