Originally Posted by Rammitinski
I believe a lot of people have been conditioned to the degradation of "HD" so slowly (not necessarily anyone here - otherwise they probably wouldn't be complaining about the thing they are), that they don't even remember what a really exceptional SD picture could look like. That's assuming they've ever seen it in the first place, of course.
I've been wowed by good SD just recently. The CBC affiliate in Windsor, ON, CBET-DT, went on the air with digital on 9/1. The network is having automation software issues, so for now in primetime they only pass SD. Having seen CBC HD in the distant past when they first went HD in 2003 (via Bell ExpressVu), and having endured the abysmal analog SD that the local cableco Comcast offered, it's actually been a pleasure to watch an ATSC SD digital signal. It looks really good.
Having said that, when they pass HD in the AM and afternoons, it looks dramatically better.
Honestly, I think that as long as it's on a bigger, widescreen television screen, and kept clear and sharp enough, the majority of people are wowed by that nowadays more than anything else. Nevermind if it doesn't show as much fine detail as it could.
Another way I was reminded of the same lesson, was by watching an On Demand movie in HD on Comcast, The Longest Day. I've seen this movie on TCM HD a number of times, and always thought it looked pretty good. After watching a real HD transfer, I was completely blown away with the detail on the excellent B/W print that was used. It was a different, vastly better, experience watching in HD.
Speaking for myself, I think I've been conditioned by decades of NTSC. When I see anything
better, my eyes are elated. I wonder why Fox Widescreen didn't look like much to me?