[mythtv-users] Is Wider better?

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue May 1 01:02:43 UTC 2007

On 04/30/2007 07:07 PM, Yan Seiner wrote:
> Brad DerManouelian wrote:
>> I have to disagree. I say deal with the black bars in SD in  
>> preparation for when all content goes to HD format. I have a 42" HDTV  
>> display but mostly watch 4:3 content from DirecTV. Sure, the bars are  
>> a little annoying but you get used to them quickly and when I pop in  
>> a DVD or watch something I've captured OTA HD, it's a REAL treat.
> I guess it depends on how long you plan to keep your set, and how much 
> money you have.  4:3 monitors are *cheap* these days - so if you're 
> going to keep it only for a couple of years, I'd say go for the 4:3.
> OTOH if you have the money and you're planning long term, and you have 
> the space to waste, go for a 16:9 with a comparable 4:3 viewing area. 
> This will be a good bit bigger than a 4:3 monitor....

But remember that brand new high-definition TV's may not last as long as 
most of us think TV's should (those of us who grew up with old-fashioned 
CRT TV's).  I wouldn't plan to buy something "to last me" 10 years.  
(Perhaps not even in 5 years.  3 years?  Probably.)

Mike "waiting for a replacement light engine for my 18-month-old 67" 
1080p DLP" Dean

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