Originally Posted by Lone Wolf
Why are you guys saying this - the majority of my satellite provider's movie channels are in HD and they even have some PPV stuff in 3D. Is Blu-ray that much better quality?
Short answer? Yes. Even the best broadcast HD is compressed more than Blu Ray, it has to be to be able to be transmitted efficiently to your home. What this means is when it's uncompressed at your house - it loses quality. Some Blu Ray is better than others, but generally speaking, it's higher quality than anything broadcast, and/or streamed. Not all HD is equal. Just because an image has the same number of pixels does not mean it's the same picture quality
. If that makes sense.
This is true even among Blu Rays. Older stuff is sometimes mastered poorly. A degraded image in HD is still degraded. But when they get it "right" - you will notice. (this is a basic explaination for a layman, I don't want to argue about specifics)
And can you even rent DVD's anymore? The Blockbusters in my area closed months ago.
It depends where you live. But the grocery store here rents dvds. And there is Redbox/etc. Though it's somewhat inconvenient. Also, the world's best video store is in Seattle, and I can still rent some VHS and possibly Laserdisks from them if I want, as well as DVD/BR - but that probably doesn't help you much. Though you probably have a neighborhood rental joint or two left. Unless you are in a really small town...
Let me know your thoughts - I'm going to wall mount the TV soon and fish all the wires through the wall. It's going to be difficult, if not impossible, to retrofit a DVD player if I decide to get one after the fact. Thanks in advance.
It probably won't matter much to you, the ROI isn't great to pay someone to do it for you unless you are an uber picture nerd - which it seems you are not. Take the advice and look at AVS for reccommended settings. And you can always fish one more hdmi cable in the future. It's not that hard/impossible.