so, rogo.....what did you see at CES that changed your expectations of HD DVD outputting at 1080p? If not, 1080p then 1080i or 720p?
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1/19/05 at 9:05pm
|Originally posted by rogo
What I saw at CES was an industry that intended to slam shut the analog hole.
|Originally posted by aud19
If DVD's (or upcoming HD formats) were between $5-$10 next to no one would bother to pirate IMO. They could easily afford to sell higher quantities at lower prices and still make a fortune as manufacturing mass software is dirt cheap and most films have already covered production costs with theatrical release money. The problem with doing that however is that the multi-billion dollar rental industry would utterly collapse. In other words, not going to happen.
|Originally posted by kraemer
I didnt get to see the SED display at CES. Can anybody tell me how it looked?
|Originally posted by rogo
I really think people should honestly talk to their friends and such and ask them if they "archive" TV shows. Every statistic I've ever seen has the percentage of people that do this at <10%.
|Originally posted by toyz4boyz
A quick return to the interesting discussion on SED displays....a question:
Will the colour depth and luminance bit depth be improved over what Plasma has to offer? Or will there just be an increase in resolution to 1080i or 1080p ?
BTW...this is my first post to AVS. I've been lurking and learning for a while, and I have decided to dive in as I have begun to do research for the purchase of a new display. This is GREAT forum! Very very informative.
|I didnt get to see the SED display at CES. Can anybody tell me how it looked?|
|CES Diary: Day Three
By Gordon Brockhouse CES hasnâ€™t finished, but Iâ€™ve already picked what for me is the highlight of the show: the SED (Super-conduction Electron-emitter Display) technology developed by Canon and Toshiba. Yesterday, Robert Franner and I had an opportunity to attend a closed-door briefing and demonstration of the new technology.
The demonstration featured a side-by-side comparison of 37-inch plasma, LCD and prototype SED displays, all with 720p resolution. The demonstrators would not say which plasma display they were using; the LCD was a current Toshiba model. The plasma is a current model, and according to the presenters, an upmarket unit (as evidenced by the fact that itâ€™s a high-def display). Still, based on its black performance, I would say Iâ€™ve seen better plasma displays, though it was clearly much better than the milky-grey units that were the norm a couple of years ago.
Flat-Out Beautiful: In every respect, the SED unit outperformed the plasma and LCD displays. The differences werenâ€™t massive on scenes consisting mainly of mid-tones. But on very dark and very bright scenes, the SED display was far better. On dark scenes, blacks looked truly black; and moreover shadow detail was considerably better, allowing you to make out textures and details in dark fabrics for example. It was the same at the upper end of the brightness scale: more brilliant whites and better highlight detail. Motion was much better on the SED. Especially on the LCD, a sweeping metronome had noticeable blurring: it was completely clean on the SED.
Contrast and motion looked every bit as good as youâ€™d get from a top-notch CRT, which isnâ€™t surprising when you consider that the front surface of the SED display is basically the same as a large, high-resolution picture tube. Like a CRT, SED produces images by firing electrons at a screen coated with light-emitting phosphors. The difference is the source of those electrons. Instead of firing electrons from an electron gun and controlling their direction with an electromagnetic yoke, SEDs have a tiny solid-state electron emitter behind each pixel. The result is a very thin profile. The panel itself is only 2mm deep, and the entire display is 7mm deep.
In a nutshell, this was the best-looking flat-panel image that Iâ€™ve ever seen (though some of the new LCD models from BenQ, LG and Samsung that Iâ€™ve seen here also look stunning). Given that, Iâ€™m not surprised that SEDâ€™s developers are hoping to take a 20 to 30% share of the global flat-panel market.