Originally Posted by ditcho
OK, now you are just making stuff up. I understand that as an enthusiastic young videophile you are fond of the prevailing affordable technology (LCD) at the time you developed your passion for video and gaming, but you are going too far with the frivolous statements. CRT, plasma and DLP were never intended to resemble the "flashes" of light in theatres. Just the opposite, 100Hz CRT refresh rates were popular as early as the end of the last century - in an attempt to avoid the flicker associated with the technology where it was more noticeable - the PAL 50Hz countries. Your favourite technology did not have any flicker issues, but it suffered from motion smearing, hence the 120 and 240 Hz technologies of later years. The intent was not to interpolate 24 fps film material to 60 or more frames, as you seem to imply. The technical means for higher than 24 fps framerates are older than some horse carriages (you seem to love those for some reason), they were just not accepted by the filmmakers and the public. The frame rate interpolation was thrown in as one of the many cheap gimmicks in LCD displays meant to wow the non-discerning viewer and apparently seems to enjoy some success, mostly because it's turned on by default, and first time TV buyers take it for granted.
LCD display technology is not the best now, even less the best ever. Don't waste your energy writing poems about it, it will be fully replaced within the next 10 or so years with OLED or better. And kids will be mocking you for sticking to horse carriages.
I hope this was enough to prove that technology has nothing to do with your preference for soap opera look of movies.
BTW, the Planet Earth HD-DVDs that impressed you so much, is 1080p 24fps, converted from the original 1080i50 (standard hi-def video framerate for former PAL countries) video material. Whatever it impressed you with wasn't the framerate.
No, I'm not making things up. The "high refresh rates" for CRTs that you mention were associated with computer displays. NTSC and PAL/SECAM analog TV systems used a scheme which locked the Vertical frequency of the CRT to the power line frequency to avoid flicker. This meant that for 60Hz power, the screen flashed 120 times per second. For 50Hz AC power the screen flashed 100 times per second, in each case twice per each sine wave of the AC power.
I do not know where you got your information about the Planet Earth HD-DVDs, but my HDTV says that the output video mode is 1080p60 for those disks. It also correctly identifies the film based movies on HD-DVD as 1080p24 source.
LCD is still the best-selling tech there is. Over twice as many LCD screens ship as PDPs, and there just isn't any other tech shipping. More people prefer LCD in the real world - just not in AVS.
Nor am I a novice. My first job was as an electronics tech some 45 years ago, repairing NTSC televisions with vacuum tubes. I have spent the last 34 years working for the largest tech firm in the world as an Electrical Engineer in new product design. I built my first "home theater" in 1984, it used a Kloss Videobeam triple-CRT front projector on a 120", 4:3 screen.
The popular opinion here at AVS is that PDPs are the closest you can get to the "look" of film. But perhaps you somehow overlooked that fact. It's a moot point, anyway, since film is disappearing and will soon no longer be available as a standard for comparison.
My proposed new standard is reality. That is to say what you see with your eyes. That would be ultra-smooth fluid motion at an infinite frame rate.
The Luddites are resisting the change. Once you have digested that, you will be caught up.