Monday, December 21, 2015

HD Killed the Video Star

The TV at my parents' house is huge, and very high-tech. But the picture is so good it might actually be too good.

Whether it's a soft focus Hollywood classic from the Fifties, or a live football game, every picture looks like video, like it was shot about five minutes ago, and presumably in your backyard.

I find myself taken out of my usual state of absorption in story and acting, instead focusing on the video quality, and watching these people on the screen "act" like they actually are in these fake situations, and then I start think about what craft services served the actors for lunch, and by the time I notice I wasn't paying attention, I've missed 5 minutes of dialogue.

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