Originally Posted by Tyrone Burton
Ahh, but what if I played a PC game through a PC on a HDTV capable of outputting 0-255.
Oh your going to murder me in a minute lol.
Intermixing TV's and PCs is trouble for the most part.
In the olden days when PCs only had 15-pin VGA outputs and TVs only had composite video inputs, one or the other had to have explicit support to make the two work.
In the beginning that usually meant s-video outputs on PCs, here once again, the graphics card handled the range compression. Or the rarer case of a CRT TV having a 15 pin input.
Each side, tv and pc have been adding features to try and increase compatibility.
Since everything is now digital and DVI and HDMI are pin compatible you now have PCs that you can setup to work like a console and TVs that can work like a monitor. In general all we've accomplished is to make setting things up impenetrable for an average consumer.
As someone who has a PC hooked up to his TV, but also a Wii and a DirecTV box, life is simpler when everything uses the same levels, so my PC is configured to output YCC in the 16-235 range.