"High Deception Television
They really sold us a bill of goods on HDTV, didn’t they? Analog TV may have had some occasional snow, but at least you could pick up all the stations over the air, and the pictures didn’t stutter, show pixilation from compression artifacts, and have areas where similar colors all blurred together. It’s a bit like those old black and white movies “saved” on DVD for us by TGG Direct, Echo Bridge and Universal in magnificent low resolution, often with the original film scratches and sprocket skips.
The very definition of HD seems suspect, especially when you try to use an HDTV as a computer monitor through an HDMI cable, as I did recently. Compared to the VGA display port on both my new HDTV and my older computer monitor, HDMI looks awful. The text is blurry and if you don’t get the right video card settings, it will even have color bands.
As it happens, I bought an nVidia video card for a new computer, with HDMI, VGA and DVI outputs. The monitor has VGA and DVI inputs. The HDTV has TV, AV, Component, VGA and two HDMI inputs. The new Windows 7 computer display looks just as sharp on VGA or DVI as Windows 2000 on two other computers. But when you put a DVI-to-HDMI adapter on the video card’s DVI output to feed into either HDMI port on the HDTV, you get the same crappy output as HDMI to HDMI. VGA is “analog” and both DVI and HDMI are “digital”. So, in case you along with many others on Internet discussion forums were wondering, the problem is HDMI on the HDTV.
HD - it’s like calling a box with 30% less cereal in it the High Value package. And forcing you to buy it if you want to eat cereal. "