Do you still have a standard definition tv as your main tv?
Yes
71.2% (375)
71.2% (375)
No
26.8% (141)
26.8% (141)
No, i have a 3-D television
0.6% (3)
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Poll: Does anyone still own a standard definition tv?

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I don't use TV, so standard def for me. And although my family is well off, 3rd world here, yeah. So no, we don't own any HD TVs, my computer screen is the most graphically advanced thing in the house.

My old CRT broke the other day and now my mum has ordered a pretty standard lcd, but hey! It's HD ready, and I can watch all the films on my laptop on it :)

A nice little 19 inch HDTV I use for everything here. Sure, it's small. But it gets the job done. Only have an SD cable box, so all the shows I watch are in SD.

I had to upgrade when I realized that games weren't being made with SDTV in mind anymore. And I was working on "college" level income, and my parents made me buy it myself.

That new game "Vanquish" is cool enough to have an SDTV mode, though. Thumbs up for remembering that not everyone is HD!

Only have an SD cable box, so all the shows I watch are in SD.

I have 2 HD TVs. I had an old 27 inch HDTV, but once I brought the monstrous 46 inch home, it got demoted to computer monitor.

Ha -- I was hanging on to a tube TV until JUST YESTERDAY -- picked up one of the Best Buy house brands, Dynex. The first thing you notice: surfaces (even faces) are suddenly made up of many, many colors, whereas the tube TV made them look like a single color. Watching Henson's The Storyteller -- even though it's a 4x3 DVD, everything has way more texture. The 720x480 of tube SDTV really, really kills that detail. Next up: Wallace and Gromit. Mmmmm, clay......

Got a 46 inch HD in the family TV room and a 32 in my bedroom for gaming. Right now I'm at college though so my parents bought me a 22 inch HD tv. My parents still have a SD tv in their room though. My dad and I are really the only ones who care about HD. We bought a blue ray player when they were sitll $600. I saw one at Walmart the other day for $150. I hate technology. :(

in this house we have several TVs
i have 1 1080p in my room and there is another 1080p and also 1080i in the same house
we have several SD TVs still being used and several more either busted/thrown out or put away since we dont really need them
i mainly use my HD tv when gaming but when just watching something i just settle for the one in the closest room usually being SD

voorhees123:
Also before i forget, when they sold the X360 and PS3 they kept going on about HD gaming blah blah blah. I wonder how many idiots rushed out and bought a brand new HDTV because of this?

It really does make a noticable different. It's more drastic than you would think.

Hells yeah I have standard definition. I love my little retro TV. Besides, I don't see the point in forking out money for another television when I'm not particularly bothered whether the picture quality is 'good' or 'better'.

Tipsy Giant:

Sonic Doctor:

Tipsy Giant:
I'm a SDTV guy who is waiting for everyone else to go 3d so I can get a HDTV2nd hand on the cheap, first adopters are suckers

You could look at refurbished tvs if you know a place that does that. One of my friends got his 32 inch Vizio 1080p LCD HDtv from a store that refurbishes them. He paid 320 for it, I doubt that even when prices go down you will get a better price than that. Besides I got my 32 Insignia 1080p for 460 with 2 year warranty, I would say if prices went down, it would only go down to about 360 or so. It would only go down lower if you wait ten years, I doubt that you want to wait that long. By that time I bet we will be using virtual reality entertaino visors for all of our visual media.

You'd be surprised, I have seen HDTVs in the 40+ inch range going for 250 squid and that drops each time I have a goose, so I think I should be able to pick up a 32 for about 150 after new years 2011, pretty easily

I think this is the case of me not thinking I might be talking to someone not in the US. So our currency numbers aren't going to match up I don't think. I take it that you are in the UK, I'm not knowledgeable in currency types these days.

You mention 40+ inch HDtvs. Well I just checked a few common places to get them in the US. The cheapest starting at a 40 inch is 450 USD and that will be the price before taxes and warranty which will cost probably another 80 USD. But that is the price for 720p models. If a people want 1080p(which I recommend they might as well get), that price full expense will be at least 600 USD. Now, people can get that about 50 USD cheaper, but that would be if they bought some off-brand that they don't know if it is as good as the name brands they are familiar with.

As I mentioned in my previous post above, I got an 32 inch Insignia for 460 USD, that's including tax and warranty. The warranty was a deal, because I didn't have to pay extra for it, it came with it automatically. The thing is, since I had never heard of Insignia, I would consider it an off-brand. So I kind took a chance when I got it, luckily my gamble paid off, and it has been real good to me. It is even light enough that I can easily transport it back and forth when I take it to a friends house when we do Xbox 360 system links(considering I use to lug around a 27 inch tube tv.) No split screen for us, we bring our own tvs.

I've got a 36 inch and bulky-as-hell SDTV. I want to get a new one more for the flat panel than the HD. But HD is cheap now, and I think I discovered SD affecting gameplay for me for the first time. I was in Free Roam in Red Dead Redemption and another player was shooting at me. I could see he wasn't far away on my map, and I could see his name moving around, but I couldn't see him.

Tenmar:

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anyway, sorry for that long drawn out introduction. my question is, am i like the last gamer on earth to finally upgrade to HD? i feel like all my friends and every gamer on youtube has a massive flat screen for gaming and watching blue rays.

Sorry man your average consumer actually still owns a SD television even if we are talking about gamers. The cost despite the massive decrease and the ability to use monitors is still too high for a good deal of families.

Think of it this way. In the United States there is still a third of the entire US population that does not have a home internet connection. So forcing an entire community to buy new expensive televisions is still too high of an entry just for a video game console.

Even I still use an SD television. If I had a 360 I could use a VGA port connector for my monitor but even that still technically isn't an HD monitor(5:4 ratio 1280x1024). So for now long live the CRT television!

EDIT: Besides how the heck am I supposed to play Duck Hunt?

i dont mean to give the impression that standard definition isnt good or that people are obligated to upgrade. if it werent for the fact that i cant read any text when i play ps3 games, i would never even consider buying an hd tv. ive actually found it refreshing to see that so many people still use standard definition. it seemed like everyone and their mom has an hd tv now and i was just curious

There are two TVs in my house - both are Standard Definition, old-style CRT TV sets, with the biggest sporting a whopping 15.6 inch screen, so that's my main TV. I plan to upgrade to a decent HD 32 inch screen at some point, but I've just never gotten around to it.

Nope still SD, the thing is I want to keep up with every other person on the planet but I can never see the difference.

I have never been able to tell the difference between SD and HD, it doesn't look any clearer or sharper to me ... I think I just want it as a space saving thing.

yes i have 4 standar definition tv's

JUMBO PALACE:

voorhees123:
Also before i forget, when they sold the X360 and PS3 they kept going on about HD gaming blah blah blah. I wonder how many idiots rushed out and bought a brand new HDTV because of this?

It really does make a noticable different. It's more drastic than you would think.

Most definitely. A couple years ago, before I got my HDtv, I got my XBox 360 Elite with the Halo 3/Fable 2 bundle. I remember how people always were like oh wow Halo 3's graphics are great. I played it on my 27 inch tube tv and I was like, "Meh, yeah it has better graphics than I have played before but it doesn't look cutting edge." Then, my dad went on vacation and asked me to watch his house for the week, and he had just got a 32 inch 1080p Sony HDtv. I hooked up my 360, popped in Halo 3, and I was floored by how much a difference it is. Worlds apart difference. The graphics were so shiny and sleek, instead of seeing globs of green that I took as grass, I could see individual blades of grass. I was thinking, "I wonder if my dad will mind if I steal his tv." Then a year later I got mine.

omega 616:
Nope still SD, the thing is I want to keep up with every other person on the planet but I can never see the difference.

I have never been able to tell the difference between SD and HD, it doesn't look any clearer or sharper to me ... I think I just want it as a space saving thing.

There is some difference when it comes to watching tv, I don't get a fuzzy picture anymore. You really see the difference if you compare the two with a gaming console. I won't repeat my story about that, see the post I made before this one.

I don't own a television at all.

I really don't care about TV that much, and consequently I don't own one. Not even a SD one. Might buy one some day, but it's pretty much at the bottom of my wishlist at the moment. I do have a 24" full HD LED screen on my desk though on my PC though, got my PS3 hooked up to that as well.

My TV is one of those old 200 pound bastards. its about 32 inches and resembles a tank. It actually dropped on its face from about 2 feet onto tile flooring and only got 1 scratch which you can't see unless the screen is completely white. It's also about 20 years old.....
they just don't make them like they used to and thank god for that.

Sonic Doctor:

omega 616:
Nope still SD, the thing is I want to keep up with every other person on the planet but I can never see the difference.

I have never been able to tell the difference between SD and HD, it doesn't look any clearer or sharper to me ... I think I just want it as a space saving thing.

There is some difference when it comes to watching tv, I don't get a fuzzy picture anymore. You really see the difference if you compare the two with a gaming console. I won't repeat my story about that, see the post I made before this one.

I was living in a homeless shelter thing and decided to LAN my SD tv with a friends HD tv, we put the TV next to each other and I had to look closely to see any difference.

In the midst of a frantic game playing session I don;t even notice square elbows on older games, I am kind of like those pros who play Unreal with the graphics turned to fuck all, so a nicely decorated wall turns into a a plain gray wall and it doesn't effect anything to me.

yes the tv in the basement is an old RGB projection big screen tv and the one in the loft is evern older, we had it for over 15 years and its a beast that still works great (the volume down buttion is broken on it but thats what the remote is for)

I've still got a standard definition one, and I don't like it. Firstly, I'm not a graphics whore, but, secondly, when I saw my friend play Uncharted 2 on his HD-TV, I was amazed! I've played it for months on my SD-TV and I was still so damn suprised by how good it looked in HD.

Yep, 2 SDs, one of which has been around since the day I was born.

I don't really see the point in HD.

Kind of surprising how many people have an old TV. Pretty much everyone I know, no matter how poor (a lot of my friends are convinced weed, an xbox 360 and a big HD TV is more important than food) has a massive HDTV. I have one too.

I've got a 32 inch Sony Bravia TV for playing Blu-Rays, watching films and playing the occasional game.

Sonic Doctor:

Tipsy Giant:

Sonic Doctor:

Tipsy Giant:
I'm a SDTV guy who is waiting for everyone else to go 3d so I can get a HDTV2nd hand on the cheap, first adopters are suckers

You could look at refurbished tvs if you know a place that does that. One of my friends got his 32 inch Vizio 1080p LCD HDtv from a store that refurbishes them. He paid 320 for it, I doubt that even when prices go down you will get a better price than that. Besides I got my 32 Insignia 1080p for 460 with 2 year warranty, I would say if prices went down, it would only go down to about 360 or so. It would only go down lower if you wait ten years, I doubt that you want to wait that long. By that time I bet we will be using virtual reality entertaino visors for all of our visual media.

You'd be surprised, I have seen HDTVs in the 40+ inch range going for 250 squid and that drops each time I have a goose, so I think I should be able to pick up a 32 for about 150 after new years 2011, pretty easily

I think this is the case of me not thinking I might be talking to someone not in the US. So our currency numbers aren't going to match up I don't think. I take it that you are in the UK, I'm not knowledgeable in currency types these days.

You mention 40+ inch HDtvs. Well I just checked a few common places to get them in the US. The cheapest starting at a 40 inch is 450 USD and that will be the price before taxes and warranty which will cost probably another 80 USD. But that is the price for 720p models. If a people want 1080p(which I recommend they might as well get), that price full expense will be at least 600 USD. Now, people can get that about 50 USD cheaper, but that would be if they bought some off-brand that they don't know if it is as good as the name brands they are familiar with.

As I mentioned in my previous post above, I got an 32 inch Insignia for 460 USD, that's including tax and warranty. The warranty was a deal, because I didn't have to pay extra for it, it came with it automatically. The thing is, since I had never heard of Insignia, I would consider it an off-brand. So I kind took a chance when I got it, luckily my gamble paid off, and it has been real good to me. It is even light enough that I can easily transport it back and forth when I take it to a friends house when we do Xbox 360 system links(considering I use to lug around a 27 inch tube tv.) No split screen for us, we bring our own tvs.

Yeah UK man, my friend recently bought a 32inch 1080p HDTV for 125 pounds which I assume is under 250 dollars, and it is an LG which is one of the top 3 electronics brands you can buy in the UK (other 2 being sony and samsung) and it is amazing PiP and all that jazz, I think you americans are getting screwed on price here

omega 616:

Sonic Doctor:

omega 616:
Nope still SD, the thing is I want to keep up with every other person on the planet but I can never see the difference.

I have never been able to tell the difference between SD and HD, it doesn't look any clearer or sharper to me ... I think I just want it as a space saving thing.

There is some difference when it comes to watching tv, I don't get a fuzzy picture anymore. You really see the difference if you compare the two with a gaming console. I won't repeat my story about that, see the post I made before this one.

I was living in a homeless shelter thing and decided to LAN my SD tv with a friends HD tv, we put the TV next to each other and I had to look closely to see any difference.

In the midst of a frantic game playing session I don;t even notice square elbows on older games, I am kind of like those pros who play Unreal with the graphics turned to fuck all, so a nicely decorated wall turns into a a plain gray wall and it doesn't effect anything to me.

I'm wondering what resolution type your friend's HDtv was. I have seen a comparison between SD, 720p, and 1080p. 720p, isn't too much of a jump from SD, so you wouldn't see an incredible difference.

I'll add one more story to this. I had Halo 3: ODST, before I got my HDtv. With my SD, I could only hear the rain that fell in the game, I couldn't see it. Then when I played it on my HDtv, I could actually see the rain, and I noticed that the fuzzy spots on my visor before, were actually rain droplets on my visor.

uhh yeah
I mean I game
but I just don't bother investing in an HD tv

an old sanyo is my gaming tv of choice, and only tv as well. My folks own a big flat screen they got for cheap casue it was a floor model, but I got nothing :D

Yup, all the TVs in our house are SD

My TV isn't even cable-ready, it used bunny ears (which are, to turn a phrase, "not very effective").

I'm old-school!

Tipsy Giant:

Yeah UK man, my friend recently bought a 32inch 1080p HDTV for 125 pounds which I assume is under 250 dollars, and it is an LG which is one of the top 3 electronics brands you can buy in the UK (other 2 being sony and samsung) and it is amazing PiP and all that jazz, I think you americans are getting screwed on price here

That makes me sick. That is lower than refurbished tv prices here. That is sad, because it has been 5 months since I got mine, and prices have only went down slightly.

yes we only have one flat screen but thats my parents. not that i care i only game on my tv and use the comp to watch dvds.

The only need I have for a tv is for my PS2, so a standard definition is just fine.

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