T.V. Or S’not T.V., That’s The Quandry

September 10, 2007 at 8:20 pm 2 comments

After working in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years, I thought that I had reached the point where I could figure out most of the back story on why things happen. Usually I just follow the money, it’s seldom been wrong.

Those days are, it seem, certainly over.

First, other than the fact that someone, somewhere, is making some serious big money off of it, why is the government (at the federal level) taking such a hard line on killing off non hi-def t.v.? It seems that in a year or two televisions that don’t have a built in or added on converter will not be able to receive programs over the air. Not every one chooses to pay for cable or satellite service, I watch so little on t.v. now that it would be pissing good money away.

Will seeing it in high definition make “The View” a show I could watch?

Not likely.

Rant, part II…..

Other than the market for very long form video products like “The Very Best Of…” or “……., Season #….” DVDs, what’s behind the big war that’s going on over the hype of one form of DVD vs another (non compatible) type? Blu-ray sounds like it might make an odd title for some early Ray Charles work, and HD DVD could be interesting to find spelled out in a bowl of alphabet soup, but why must we go through a modern version of the VHS / BETA wars again? Does anyone think that Joe SixPack can see the difference between either format or what we are using now? Better sound? Maybe your dog can hear the difference, but you never will. This is especially true after a few years of listening to your iPod with it cranked up to max.

Years ago in the music world, I bought The Doors first album on a vinyl disc, a cassette, and on a CD. Had it been released a few years earlier, I’d most likely have an 8-track version as well. As of today, I can still play the CD version, but sadly my last 33 1/3 – 45 – 78 rpm type of turn table, and my divorce gift to myself shelf top cassette player are nothing but memories now. Don’t even ask about that 8-track, which replaced my original 4-track.
In the same mode, must we now look forward to replacing our old VHS and DVD copies of films we liked over the years that will not work on our shiny new upgraded video gear, or keep an old-school player (hidden where company can’t see it) around to re-live the experience we don’t want to re-purchase?

I guess such gear could be stored in the garage next to my dad’s old Super-8 projector, just in front of my Kaypro II.

I’m sure I have some interesting memories tucked away on some of those old 5″ discs, made back when they really were “floppy”, but there’s no way to access them now. Unless maybe you have a CPM copy of WordStar sitting around somewhere.

Again, not likely.

Actually, N.F.W.

Your thoughts on these or any other subjects are always welcome.

Of course, that’s only if I’m having a good day. It could happen…….

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Entry filed under: 8-track, BETA, Blu-ray, cable, CD, CPM, DVD, floppy, for the record, HD DVD, hi-def t.v., Kaypro, Kaypro II, Ray Charles, satellite, Super-8, The Doors, The View, Uncategorized, VHS, WordStar.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Theo  |  September 28, 2007 at 5:09 am

    The govs sesire to go digital might have something to do with implementing broadcast flags.

    Theo

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  • 2. Jonathon  |  October 12, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Well, I for one like the idea of Hi Def idiot boxes (TV in Australia) as do the other 4 million Australians who now own 1081i Hi Def plasma sets, these days they even come with the “Tuna” inside.
    DVD will be around for at least another 8 to 10 years while HD and Blue get their act together and slog it out in the market place where the winner will be decided ultimately by the consumer, pity the poor
    Muppet who backs HD and finds his gear, burner and disks are obsolete just like the Beta wars and Phillips dumb go nowhere never stood a chance Video 2000.

    Analogue TV will phase out 2012 in Australia and most people are getting a set top box to convert the tele to digital. I don’t know if this is a good thing, biut, after being in the media transfer industry for many years one thing I can say for sure
    is if you had it on 8mm or super 8 get it transfered to DVD frame by frame. VHS? yes get it on DVD as most tape collections are over 10 years of age and need preservation in a digital format since each elocutionary progressive innovation has meant nothing will stay the same as digital is here now and unless the next revolution is beyond digital we will all be left behing holding the can.
    Same goes for analogue tv, the end is nigh, long live digital and in Hi Def for me. Like you the digital audio is fine for my pup “Riley’ but a dead loss for me as I still love to work with old recordings and I still get pleasure from 78 rpm recordings as much as I do from old home movies.
    I just looked in my collection of old hat technology and found a super 8 camera, a 35mm SLR, a Hi 8 video camera and a VHS
    compact that weighs in at a very light 6.8 kilograms, in the spare room is an now very old 12′ color TV which is a joy to watch and still has the good old rotary dial, no remote controls.
    Ahh, for the good old days.

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