Let me get this straight.

You finally buy a good HDTV.

Then, you have to upgrade to digital cable to get HD…
Then, you have to upgrade to an HD-DVR or HD-Tivo…
Then, you have to get a home theater surround sound because the speakers on most HDTVs suck…
Then, you have to get a Blu-Ray player to take advantage of seeing your movies in HD (or at least an HDMI upconverting dvd player)…
Then, you have to buy a good HDMI cable…
Then, you have to upgrade your Netflix account to Blu-Ray or start paying extra when you purchase Blu-Ray dvds.

What did I miss?


  1. Um, the mountain of debt you just put yourself under? The fancy HD rabbit ears until you can afford HD cable or DirecTV? The time lost watching shows you don’t really like just because “it’s in HD”? (I lost an uncle to NASCAR because it’s in HD now. So sad.)

    Home electronics is a massive money pit, like most everything else we “need”.

  2. uh… apparently if at any point an hdtv is laid down flat instead of kept upright at all times then it won’t ever work again.
    i don’t know how common this problem is but it happened to a friend of mine with his hdtv because they laid it down flat in its box in their car while bringing it home after purchasing it. it just wouldnt work and when they took it back to best buy to replace it then the guy told them to make sure to keep the replacement upright while in the car, which was something the previous salesman had neglected to tell them.

    apparently if you get a dtv converter box theres plenty of free hd channels floating around for free. this is just what ive read though, i dont have an hdtv myself so i dont know for sure.

  3. You forgot that by the time you get all of the stuff that you mentioned, the technology that you own will be practically obsolete and it will be time to do it all over again.

  4. If you’re “archiving” your DVD’s you need to RE-Rip them in a format that will work on your HDTV and doesn’t look like ass. Suck.

  5. What is wrong with all of you people and the original post? You don’t “have” to do any of that. You most certainly don’t have to buy a good HDMI cable, super cheap ones work exactly the same.

    Cynical doesn’t mean stupid, does it? Or did I miss something?

    I don’t have half the stuff in that original post and I love my HDTV. I also still watch regular DVDs on the PS2 I bought eight years ago.

    I seriously don’t get why Luddites like you guys have to cry buckets because the world didn’t quit changing in 1985.

  6. @AJ,

    Really, the post wasn’t meant to be a serious piece on HDTVs, but more just showing the accessories that go with them. You may want to up your meds a bit.

  7. I finally upgraded to a nice 40″ Samsung after many, many years of getting by with a burned out old Sony with chipped glass. No regrets at all – I download almost everything I watch and stream it off my computer to my Xbox.

    True, I’m not taking full advantage of the HD potential, but who gives a crap? It’s still head and shoulders above what I had before. Plus I can move it by myself!

  8. I’m still content with my little 15″ 1982 Hitatchi color TV. I just upgraded to a remote control when I got the DTV converter box.

    That said, I have a giant computer monitor that I use to watch movies and Hulu… but it doesn’t have a remote.

  9. Don’t forget HD viewing glasses from Sky Mall magazine while you travel (a mini screen appears to thine eyes to be 8 ft tall).

    Also HD sunglasses, which are really just tinted for old folks to make things seem more vivid.

    But to really enhance the HD experience at home, HD lasix surgery –the color! The clarity!

    I also have a spray to spritz on your fruit to give it a glossy, HD quality before you eat it. 2 easy payments of $19.99 Hit me up if you want to start LIVING!

  10. I have an HDTV, and I get my signal over-the-air – and that means I get HD broadcasts over-the-air.

    I also have a 5 dollar HDMI cable from Amazon that works just as well as the 70 dollar one my buddy brought over to test for my Blu Ray player.

    Now, here’s the thing – if you’re willing to spend the money, go for the 120 Hz 1080 TVs, because they do a better job with motion blur than the crappy 60 Hz 720p TV I have now (the motion blur is just awful in darkly-lit scenes, and really distracting).

    Why couldn’t they have just made HDTV’s without the motion blur to begin with?

  11. “they” convince you that you need a HUGE Television that dominates the room like a one eyed monster, then “they” move in to sell you HDTV because your HUGE Telly displays such an awful picture when viewed so close…just say no, people.

  12. @AJ
    I remember my beloved old T.V., it was the kind that was encased in intricately carved wood and it weighed a tonne. It needed an antenna-to-cable adapter, a channel converter, and a VCR so I could hook up my Super Nintendo with its own adapter thingy. Same shit, different format. Not much has changed.

  13. You didn’t mention that if you do not upgrade, HDTV broadcasts show squished looking people in a picture too wide to fit your screen. While I understand the motivation for the change to digital, I do not understand why it was done without adequate standards to allow those of us unable to or uninterested in upgrading to watch, too. Oh, well, I, for one, am perfectly satisfied to reduce my viewing time so I can read more.

  14. @ bigjohn756

    sounds like your tv is broken. the digital transition did nothing to the screen resolution ratio. all you need is a $40 converter box and you’re good to go use your old TV.

    I bought a night 65″ TV and a 360 and I was done. Now I can download all my tv shows in HD and watch them that way. I get all my local channels in HD for ‘free’ with my $50 a month comcast internet/basic tv package.

    and are you seriously complaining about having to buy a 21 cent cable?

  15. I didn’t read through many of the comments, but what I can say about Blu-ray is that unless you have a 60 inch display or bigger, you won’t notice much of a difference in resolution. Although I know someday I’ll get a Blu-ray player, I’m in no hurry…

    HDMI cable are indeed a scam – they’re all the same, no matter what the price – that’s what’s great about digital signals.

  16. I really can’t tell that much of a difference between HD and regular. Or DVD and Blu-Ray. but then again my vision is a just a little on the fuzzy side anyhow so it may be a case of pearls before swine I suppose.

  17. Don’t forget: in 10 years ALL of that stuff will be “low-tech”. Mark Evanier once said that the techno powers-that-be keep changing the formats just to require him to go out and buy “Goldfinger” again.
    My personal collection of “Goldfinger” runs thus:
    (And remember, these were all state-of-the-art at the time of their release!)
    Betamax, CED, VHS, Super VHS, Super Betamax, Laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray.
    In some cases, Laserdisc in particular, there were several Special Editions which multiplies the total. I would have been further ahead, in hindsight, to have purchased a decent 35mm film copy and projector.
    So, Chris, when you’ve finally got your home entertainment system current, you can be sure that some new format will come along and you can start all over again!
    Oh, by the way, it’s almost time to buy the White Album again. Remixed, mono, etc.

  18. @tiki god
    Since I am using cable TV, no converter box is required. Furthermore, since my cable company has never done anything wrong under any circumstances, I am certain that they are not at fault through any negligence on their part. Now what do you have to say?

  19. The speakers in your old, analog were crap as well. HD has nothing whatsoever to do with surround sound. A decision to invest in better sound is independent of the better image quality provided by HDTV.

    A digital signal is a series of ones and zeros, and a $5 HDMI cable will perform precisely as well as a $100 one.

    There is no requirement to transport an HDTV upright. Some time ago, some plasma manufactures suggested this, but this because of the weight of the glass, and had nothing to do with any potential circuit failure. This has never been an issue with LCD displays at all. That said, I transported dozens of plasma TVs laid flat, and never encountered a problem.

  20. Then, you have to get a Blu-Ray player to take advantage of seeing your movies in HD (or at least an HDMI upconverting dvd player)… You should go HD-DVD. Everything costs 20 cents on the dollar because it’s a ‘dead’ format

    Then, you have to buy a good HDMI cable…
    Monoprice… I’ve got HDMI and component cables running all over my house. HDPVR in bedroom also feeds home theater and LCD in office. Office PC feeds home theater and LCD in bedroom, plus there’s an Xbox360 and combo HD-DVD/BD player in the mix. Whole slew of cables cost maybe $160

  21. You missed a pretty box to hold the now two dozen remote controls you own.

    And then stock in duracell or energizer so you can have your dividends paid in AAA batteries for those remotes.

    Miles and miles of twisty ties or velcro to ‘manage’ all of the fancy cables that are now going to go wonky behind all those components.

  22. I bought a beautiful 40″ SHARP AQUOS three weeks ago, because my old 48″ Toshiba rear projection was on its way out. I’m loving it! I never knew a TV picture could be so beautiful. There’s a show on DISCOVERY HD Theater weekday mornings called ‘SUNRISE Earth’ where the photgraphy is so beautiful you can almost have an orgasm watching it. I’m totally convinced that High-Def was worth the price I paid for this new set, and this weekend I’m going out to buy a Blue-Ray player, so I can watch all of my old DVD’s upgraded on my new TV, at a much improved resolution. I also built my own new TV stand so that I won’t have wires all over my living room. Just one to my new High-Def cable box, an HDMI to the TV and an HDMI cable from the Blue-ray player to the TV…. all set into my original wall unit, no complications

  23. There is a great deal of used high-end audio equipment out there for cheap because of the domino effect you described.

    TV to me is more about the content than the equipment through which it is experienced. Music on the other hand… an old 200 watt receiver is a good starting point.

  24. “..but what I can say about Blu-ray is that unless you have a 60 inch display or bigger, you won’t notice much of a difference in resolution.”

    That’s ridiculous..going from 480p on regular DVD to even 720p much less 1080i or 1080p is such a jump in quality you can even notice the difference on a 27″..you’re talking out your arse.

  25. You missed a pretty box to hold the now two dozen remote controls you own.

    The little 3×5 card you have to make for your guests so they can figure out how to switch between the cable and the Wii without losing the sound from the receiver.

  26. Set yourself free.

    “Blow up your TV.
    Throw away the paper.
    Move to the Country.
    Build a home.
    Eat a lot of peaches.”

    – John Prine

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