28 May 2006

Welcome to my blog

First of all, I would like to welcome all to my humble blog on HDTV developments.

Let's start off by talking a bit on the latest trend. Lately, Starhub and Mediacorp has announced HDTV Trial from June onwards. With this in mind, a lot of people have been trying to purchase the very latest HD Panels, LCD or Plasma TVs just to be in the forefront.

A look at some of the local forums shows that most people are still discussing abt Plasma vs LCD. They can talk abt the technology, colours etc. The only thing that they never talked about is the resolution supported.

As you are probably aware, the HDTV trials by both are using MPEG 4 AVC compression. That is the same thing that is being used in the UK in their trials. Mpeg4 conserves more bandwidth than the HDTV broadcasts in Australia.

The standard is 1080i and 720p. If you happen to own a Plasma panel bought earlier, you still can 'playback' HD signals just like anyone else who uses a CRT. This i s because the images will be downscaled to fit the resolution of the older plasma panels or crt (provided the STB has RCA out).

When you go out to buy the latest LCD or Plasma HD panels, please ensure the panel can support up to 1920x1200 (for 1080i) or 1280x720 (for 720p). Anything below that resolution, you might as well just got for a DELL 2405 :)

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