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Hob, I agree. Although capital expenditures are high, long term savings from cheap concession prices balance out the financial equation.
Frank, I am not 100% convinced of your initial premise. Is HDTV all about picture quality? HDTV, as a complete concept (at least as it was packaged to me) includes widescreen aspects and 5.1 sound. Of course these concepts are not unique to HDTV and maybe that is why they are not part of your (and probably a lot of other AVS Forum members') definition. Unfortunately, if we truly held HDTV to my standard, ABC might be the HDTV standard bearer and not CBS and that just doesn't seem right, does it?
Sorry JimboG, I would put widescreen 480p with high quality 5.1 sound above or at least equal to 1080i without 5.1 sound (depending on the type of program) and certainly higher if the 1080i was not widescreen (no matter what the program).
I would propose as a definition:
"The same as SDTV only with at least 300 percent more resolution, yielding the same apparent image quality as 480P from a viewing screen that is three times as large at the same viewing distance, together with a viewing screen that is 1/3 wider than traditional television sets and includes at least four more discreet channels of sound.
Uses either the 720P or 1080i broadcast standard."
[This message has been edited by Sarahlea (edited 07-31-2001).]
"What we have here, is a failure to broadcast HDTV."