HD - Is it worth it?

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DirtyBAT
#3
Depends what you want to watch.

Sport, and Discovery-type channels - yes, definitely. Other channels are yet to catch up, so not worth shelling out for the HD subscription just yet.

Future-proof yourself with a full HD (1080) TV anyway, and wait for the chanells to increase.

Top tip though - even without an HD subscription, your Sky picture looks a lot sharper if you obtain a sky+HD box, and use the HDMI connection instead of SCART.
 
#5
I mean I have a LCD TV HD ready. My GF bought me Sky HD+ (which was nice). Waiting to get it and wondered what I am to expect etc.
 

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DirtyBAT
#9
walting_matilda said:
I mean I have a LCD TV HD ready. My GF bought me Sky HD+ (which was nice). Waiting to get it and wondered what I am to expect etc.
HD Ready. There's half your problem, as you won't be able to receive/appreciate Full HD. The difference IS noticeable.

But, unless you want the Rugby/Golf/Cricket/homosexualball in brilliant detail, or enjoy the geeky delights offered on channels 520 upwards, I suggest obtaining an HDMI cable from the internet (£4 off fleabay, instead of £35+ from Comet) and enjoy for a while without giving Sky a tenner a month for nothing, if you're not going to use it.

I do however, and it's worth it for what I want out of it, i feel.
 
#11
I have a mate who installs, gonna call him 2moro and see if he can bring it forward, they must be doing some business if there's a 3 week wait
 

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DirtyBAT
#12
gladimout said:
I have a mate who installs, gonna call him 2moro and see if he can bring it forward, they must be doing some business if there's a 3 week wait
Do you already have Sky+?

If so, the only difference is a box change, the dish/cables/lnb are the same.

Tell them to drop a box off, and do it yourself.
 
#13
Had both Blu ray and HD/DvD for about 6 months now ( Combi drive on PC) and to be honest when the action gets going in most movies that i watch you dont really notice the difference unless you are looking for it. Remember the original Toy Story about half way through you forgot that it was a shite cartoon and watched the film instead, HDtv is pretty much the same you will only notice the difference minly when it becomes the norm and you look back and think what a shite picture we used to put up with.
 

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DirtyBAT
#15
If you want to see the difference, watch Sky Sports 1 with a live game on, then flick over to Sky Sports 1 HD - The quality difference is unreal, especially on a 40" screen (or bigger).
 

maguire

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#16
if you like movies, then a good upscaling dvd player will make a huge difference to your existing collection. I wont be bothering with blu ray until the price of the discs drop and the movie studios either a. start releasing all the good stuff I want to see (the Alien series for starters) or b. make the discs contain enough stuff to warrant consider purchasing them over the regular editions I have already. until then, they can bugger off.
 
#17
ark-angel said:
Had both Blu ray and HD/DvD for about 6 months now ( Combi drive on PC) and to be honest when the action gets going in most movies that i watch you dont really notice the difference unless you are looking for it.
Are you serious? I watch Blu-ray on my PS3 through HDMI onto my Samsung LCD and the quality is crystal clear, I noticed it straight off and am amazed everytime I watch one.

If you're watching it on a PC are you using an HD screen and an HDMI lead? If not your combi drive is worthless because the system is only as good as the cheapest componant.
 
#19
maguire said:
if you like movies, then a good upscaling dvd player will make a huge difference to your existing collection. I wont be bothering with blu ray until the price of the discs drop and the movie studios either a. start releasing all the good stuff I want to see (the Alien series for starters) or b. make the discs contain enough stuff to warrant consider purchasing them over the regular editions I have already. until then, they can bugger off.
Get yourself a Playstation 3, a games console, Blue Ray player, MP3 player and you can even hook it up to your Wifi and use it for the internet as well.

I'm a big fan of HD but as someone else said, you do get used to the better good quality and then find regular resolution TV and DVDs really annoying to watch.
 

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DirtyBAT
#20
Fully agreed with the "cheapest component" remark, especially when plugging your PC into your HDTV and expecting it to perform miracles.
 

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