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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by camarobh, Jan 21, 2008.
I know the new release of Apple TV can display full HD movies, but what about HD TV shows?
There are some HD podcasts available now. To my knowledge, television content is in standard definition. Hopefully television content will be available in HD down the road (sooner rather then later).
Thanks. I have watched some of the HD Podcasts, they look amazing. Hi-def TV has spoiled me and I am anxious to see HD TV shows via iTunes.
Just so you know, rented movies go "only" up to 720p.
And Dolby 5.1 audio.... Anyway most of the "HDTV's" out there are not true HD meaning they are 1366x768 (or less) and support up to 1080i or 720p, true HD is 1920x1080 hence 1080p. In 46" or less you can barely see the difference between the true full HD and 720p (or 1080i) so if your TV is 46" or less you'll probably enjoy a lot the "HD" offered by the tv seeing almost no difference to a 1080p source.
Where do you get this information? True HDTV is anything that is at least 720 vertical lines in the display resolution. 720p is True HD. Lately a few companies have came up with the marketing term "Full HD" for their 1080p TV's, however 720p is still HD. Now is 1080p better? Yes if the display is large enough it can make a difference, however HDTV is broadcasted in either 720p or 1080i. The only way you are going to get 1080p is with something like an HD DVD or Blu-ray player. 1080p takes a huge amount of bandwidth so it will be years before we see it being broadcasted.
This is only true if you only use your TV as a TV (not a monitor from a computer, games etc) and you sit back far enough. If you are using a TV in your bedroom, for example, and its going to be closer to you than 12 feet 1080p will be very noticeable on a 37" TV. If your using the TV for gaming your going to be sitting very close to the TV and 1080p is very noticeable. If your using the screen for computing 1080p once again is noticeable.
Im aware of that, I was referring to movies. I have a PS3 and have hooked it up to a 32" 1080p tv and the difference is noticeable when comparing it to my dads 32" (1366X768) TV and playing 1080p capable games as well as the overall text in the "media bar". If its for movies only, and you're far from the TV is barely noticeable but with HD gaming and as a computer monitor is very very noticeable; seeing he wants it for movies on the tv the difference is almost non-existent.