Originally Posted by Health Nut
...Or, we could just forget about 60 Hz altogether and start doing everything in multiples of 24: 24, 48, and 72. I would think 1080p48 video would be good enough for all sports. Why no just get rid of 1080i60 and 1080p60 and make everything 1080p24 and 1080p48? 1080p48 video should be great! Why even bother with 1080p72.... either way, just get rid of 60... Never liked the number anyway since I think of 60 Hz noise from the power supply....
Live and standard definition television is 50 or 60hz based depending in the country's electrical system though that tie between frame rate and electrical frequency is long since obsolete*.
It's just the standards and there is far too much hardware in place to ever chnge it otherwise. It would be like making all new rail road track spacing a foot wider.
*Once color TV came about the 60hz vertical rate was no longer able to be locked to the power line as it became 59.94hz due to some complex math problems in encoding the color information to be compatable with Black and White. Even before that power line locking was rarely used as it was too instable.