Originally Posted by dildatonr
You could've said a lot of the same about HDTV's in general
2. Too similar to SDTV's in appearence
3: too exspensive
4: EDTV/ Non-HD digital tv fiasco
5: Apathy from the consumer
HDM and HDTV are two totally different animals becuse of two very important reasons which favor HDTV:
1. Government Mandate to get rid of Analog OTA
2. HDTV is the ONLY TV you can buy now for all intents and purposes. (32" and above)
Evolutionary? yes and no
Similiar to NTSC TV? - Not at all - AR is different and there are no NTSC TV's that can be hung on a wall like a picture.
Too expensive - yep and not getting cheaper - the HDTV CEM's have had enough of the price drops. Their plan has changed . . . HOLD THE PRICE and offer a larger display. Good for the consumer - good for the CEM
Apathy? - Yes to HD - No to HDTV. They LOVE IT! The WAF is no longer an issue - EVERYONE wants a George Jetson Hang On The Wall TV.
I recall it seeming like it took FOREVER for Best Buy to finally get in HD displays. I would go in there at least once a month for a while asking when they would get some in for in store display. I also remember their first HDTV under $1000. It was a Samsung 27"CRT. and I bought one. and it was a long, long time before I got to watch anything HD on it. I can't recall even a time frame, I think 2002? It still amazes me HD displays sold as well as they did before there were any real HD sources to put on the darn thing.
Jump forward to today and SD displays are hidden in the corner of Best Buy like bastard step child they're ashamed of. You should be a little more patient. Give HDM at least as much time as HDTV to get on it's feet. Considering it's still well under 2 years old, I think it's not doing too bad. Of course if we don't see a significant jump in adoption by Febuary it could spell trouble. The players seem to be selling well this holiday season, let's see if people buy movies for them.
HDTV as a source came out in I believe 1998 (or 1999 - Jay Leno show - can't remember the year - memory is failing
) HDTV sales exploded in 2006. Lets take the 1999 to 2006 as the "time it had to get going" - the benefit of the doubt. That is 7 years. Now we are talking about 2013. Do you honestly believe HDM has until 2013 to be successful? I don't.
Times are just a little too different, variables are just little too broad for me to feel comfortable with looking at past formats for the future of HDM. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to! I love analogies.
You are right - they are different - the clock is moving faster than ever. The "principals" are there to compare - but when we factor in this time issue - it does not bode well for HDM.
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