Working with video all the time, I should be an obvious owner of an HDTV set. Alas, I'm not. I've many times considered purchasing one but I just haven't been able to bring myself to pull the trigger yet. Why not? Let me explain why I'm not jumping in yet.
First, no technology seems quite ready yet. Each has a pretty substantial downside. Second, there are still some changes coming that may effect the utility of what we're buying today.
Let me run through the technologies quickly and explain why I'm not enamored with each one:
So nothing quite does what I want yet. On top of that, there is talk of redesigning the HDMI connector. HDCP (the encryption protocol for HDMI and DVI) is still unproven in my mind. Each time I read an HDTV magazine, I hear about some cable box that won't talk to some TV. Until this is rolled out on a bigger scale, I still worry that the connections will fail to work. Finally, 1080p is a potentially interesting format. Some screens (like SXRD) have 1080p native resolutions but they won't accept a 1080p signal yet. They take a 1080i signal only. I want to wait for them to start accepting the big signals.
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