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Here is an interesting fact:
During the first nine (9) months of owning a Mitsubish Diamond WS-65907 (65") widescreen CRT RPTV we used Dish Networks and the channel guide on the 4922 STB use a lot of blinding-white in that channel guide. At the nine-month mark just happen to coincide with 9/11/01.
The significance is the several hours I was watching in horror what was happening in NYC, which included replay after replay of a jetliner crashing into the WTC. The smooth-blue background was what brought to my attention the uneven phosphor wear on the CRT tubes.
A couple weeks thereafter I checked (w/Avia) the red, green, and blue tubes individually, noting the the green had the greatest uneven phosphor wear followed then by the blue tube with less wear. The red had no noticeable wear. This was after I had adjusted contrast and brightness to assist in minimizing the uneven wear.
Anyway, nine months of this kind of activity left the Dish channel guide burned into two of the three tubes. Three months later (without using the channel guide), I got rid of Dish and switch to DirecTV which seemed to have a much less offending channel guide.
During the 26 months I've been using the DirecTV channel guide I have not seen much in terms of additional channel guide wear, but I can see some. During the last 18-months I have been playing X-Box Live about 5-6 hours per week minimally in FPS games. These include GR, GR:IT, RS3, RS3:BA, and lately GR2. All of these have HUDs, reticules (sp), etc., but what is amazing is that I cannot find anything in terms of HUD wear or cross-hair wear on the CRT tube faces.
So, while I previously thought and lamented over the uneven phosphor wear of gaming, the end result was a lot more wear wound up via the channel guides than anything else. But this is a behavioral condition as you may not watch cable/satellite. :)
When will D* stop pushing HD-Lite while charging us for full HD? Digital input on a CRT is a reality, not a possibility.