|JVC HM-DH40000U D-VHS Player|
|Home Theater Accessories Accessories|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Tuesday, 01 March 2005|
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Hollywood’s lackluster support of the format is the biggest downside. There simply isn’t enough demo material. There are some native HDTV content programs being sold on D-VHS, like “Over Philadelphia” and over a lot of other places. These are similar to the JVC demo tape and are really good for auditioning and testing high-performance HDTV systems. But with less than 200 movies from the major studios out on D-VHS, you have to know that Hollywood is looking to the pending Blu-ray or HD-DVD technology or even Microsoft’s Windows Media 10 format to play back HDTV in the near future.
Videotape at the consumer level basically stinks and I honestly thought I would never purchase another movie on any form of tape again. Not being able to access different parts of movies on demand was hard to accept with D-VHS, compared to DVD. Having to rewind a movie is also something that hasn’t been part of my home theater experience for quite a while. The speed at which the deck rewinds is blisteringly fast nevertheless.
Right now, if you have an HDTV set and want to be able to see the best picture currently available, you need a D-VHS deck. At about $1,000, this is a very expensive VCR, but if you justify the expense as one that might cover you for the rest of your life and yield the added value of strikingly gorgeous HDTV, it could easily be considered $1,000 well spent.