Imagine tomorrow is Jan 1, 2012. It's been 3 years since the analog cutoff and 5 years since D* rolled out 100 channels of HD, leading to the great merger mania of 2008 which shook up the telecommunications landscape like never before.
As you sit in your living room, the happy benefactor of the HiDef wars between AT&T/Dish and Google/Directv, you've seen the launch of satellites capable of delivering 500 channels of true HD programming.
The words "upconverted" and "Stretch-o-vision" have been relegated to Wikipedia footnotes. You now have 10 channels offering 3D movies. 5 channels offering the newest high resolution, "UltraHD" movies. Marc Cuban's "FirstRun" network regurlarly releases same day theater, dvd, and satellite first run movies on his 5 HD networks. Alacarte programming packages, mandated by congress at the insistence of the public and from a mandate from President Harold Ford Jr. are all the rage. Everything from infomercials to blockbuster movies are all presented in glorious 1080p.
The HDDVD Blu-Ray wars were eventually rendered irrelevant in early 2009 as Apple's Steve Jobs, together with a formidable group of major Hollywood studios launched iTV, delivering full length 1080p movies on demand over broadband connections directly to the home. Utilizing proprietary 6th generation mpeg technology, full HD movies could begin playing immediately using Apple's "pre-cog" technology which predicts the movies you will want to see based on your birthdate, middle initial and the color of your iTv box, and stealthily pre-caches the first 10 minutes of movies on your home.
A guy can dream, huh?
~ Scott LNT5265F, PS3, JBL-CS480, HR20-100