I was at the last session, and the JVC rep specifically stated that no D-Theater tape would be down-rezzed from the component outs on any release of D-Theater, ever.
He may be misinformed, but he seemed like he was pretty positive about that.
There is absolutely no benefit to the studios doing so, as we have really no good way to record component. If one had such a device, would they bootleg D-Theater tapes? I think not.
The presentation was impressive, kudos to WSR for opening their doors to the public and letting us see it on a high-end system.
Being the only attendee who actually owns a unit, I was happy to see there was not a single drop-out of audio or video in the entire presentation. These tapes had been played many times over the past few days, and I doubt any of us would play them as much.
As I pointed out (as did the JVC rep to me), the method WSR was using to present DVD material is not really equal to what the average potential D-VHS customer would have. I suggested the best way for one to see the difference would be to test the unit in their own setup, where they are familiar with the quality currently received.
Seeing this demo reaffirms what I've previously known. If you wish to have HD content to play back, be it precorded D-VHS or time shifted ATSC, there is no other solution.
Grilling the JVC rep about future models yielded the usual "can't talk about that" response.
I got to play my demo tape I made of hd stuff on their system. That was worth it alone. I kind of wish I asked them to play it for the audience, because I had film-source stuff from broadcast, and they just had Leno. I personally think NBC's HD feed lacks in comparison to CBS and PBS, but awesome nonetheless.
I realistically don't believe this demo will really "push anyone over the edge," and make them run out and buy one. If one has done any of their own comparisons of any DVD source to a D-Theater source (or even OTA ATSC), they would see the difference is quite dramatic.
Even downconverted to 480i out the s-video is incredible on a regular old NTSC set. Better than any DVD or laserdisc I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot.
Everybopdy bitches and says "why should I buy this when HD-DVD is 3-5 years away?" Did you say that when DVD was released? I remember back selling laserdiscs and there was one guy who was "going to wait for HD." Then DVD came out. He was "going to wait for HD." Well his first statement of that nature was made 10 years ago (or more). I think he just got a DVD player not too long ago.
If the public fails to demonstrate demand for quality in HD either meeting or surpassing the only current offering, no amount of survey market research can overcome that.
When selling Laserdiscs, the comment often received was "But you can't record" DVD, the same comment. Well, this is HD, and YOU CAN RECORD. Show me another cost-effective way to time-shift HDTV, and I'll buy that too. Recording to hard-drives is NOT cost effective and temporary at best.
I don't expect everyone to run out and buy a $1000 vcr just for the heck of it, but if you really wanted one, you would already have one (or several, Dave). Keep the regular VHS and DVD for the kids and mom who complains about the "black bars" anyways. This isn't made for them.
I'm just glad that at least JVC has recognized that everyone is NOT my MOM and wants the best possible available quality, whatever medium it is delivered on.
I have seen many threads abotu dropout etc, and I can emphatically tell you aI have had one for two months and used it almost every day. I've played the demo tape and the concert tapes numerous times with not a single dropout. If this is a reason for one NOT to buy, try to find another one, because I don't believe this is an issue.
T2 is unfortunately not the best example because of the Super35 source and Cameron's short-sightedness. Recently produced movies that look most amazing on DVD look x% more amazing in HD. If you are one of those who "can't tell the difference between audio cassettes and CDs", they why are you even reading this thread?
Bottom line: Thanks WSR, great presentation. Thanks for taking the time to introduce the public to something brilliant that you knew beforehand they would have mixed feelings about before even SEEING anything or the unit.