TV picture back in the day on tube TVs

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Bozley0621, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2009
    My husband and I watched season 1 of the Amazing Race a while ago. The picture was formatted for the screen of an old tv in standard def. The picture was so:eek: awful.

    Were all pictures on TVs this awful back in the day and we didn't know any better, or was this particular picture bad b/c it wasn't formatted for our modern wide screen, HD TV?
  2. seinman macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    It really was that bad, but we didn't care for a few reasons.

    1) We didn't know any better. Until HD came along, SD looked pretty good to us.

    2) The native resolution of CRTs was low, so the picture did not be to be scaled. Since now you're watching SD content on an HD display, it is stretched, which makes it look even more blurry. If you took that same SD copy of Amazing Race and played it on an old SD CRT, it would look sharper.
  3. priitv8, Nov 26, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2013

    priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    That's because the CRT screens were simply plain small (32" was absolute max for 4:3) compared to today's flat panels.

    PS The worst possible SD material to watch on HDTV-s is the footage from very first video recorders. The 35mm film for example is even today good to produce BluRay HD disks.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    It somewhat depends on the quality of the recording regardless of format. I got a few Single Definition DVDs that look pretty darned good to me.

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