Over the past few months the biggest source of tension between Helaine and me usually begins with, “Can I have the remote, please?”
We’ll be watching something in low def when it’s also available in high def. Helaine couldn’t care less. Stef too.
I change the channel anyway as they both give me dirty looks.
With low def (really standard def) the edges of the screen are black and the picture is OK. With high def the full screen is filled with sharper and clearer video¹.
As stated, Helaine and Stef are unimpressed.
The real question is why do we get standard definition channels at all? Our TV and cable box are connected by means of an HDMI cable.
Through the CEC the cable box understands my TV is HDTV capable. It knows I have no use for standard definition signals except as a conflict starter.
It makes no sense. You would think the cable company would want me to always see the HDTV signal (when available) so I’d perceive the cable service as better and worth more. What possible reason would I have for this particular TV getting ESPN News and ESPN News HD or any other standard/HD combo?
I don’t have all the specs on my cable box but I’ll bet there’s a lot more it would do if only my cable company would ask it.
¹ – I often see compression artifacts during HDTV programming. It’s a sign Comcast is compressing the crap out of it to fit more channels in less bandwidth.