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March 14, 2007

Defining Our Future, Yesterday


On the left is HDTV. On the right, is the much beloved, piece-o'-crap TV (standard 525 scan lines). What's surprising is that these comparison photos were made in 1981, only a few years after HDTV was developed.

This fascinating Popular Science article (Nov,1981), describes the "cinerama-type" style HDTV sets and the "extraordinary clarity—more than five times the detail of television pictures you see on conventional home receivers."

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HDTV? That's crazy talk. It'll never catch on...

Posted by: Adam Wilmer | Mar 14, 2007 5:06:02 PM

1981 you said? Yikes

Posted by: 4th guy | Mar 15, 2007 1:16:46 AM

Wow! 1981.
Funny, no mention on DRM then.

Posted by: Demian | Mar 15, 2007 10:45:16 AM

I... wasn't even born yet.

Posted by: Alli | Mar 18, 2007 11:50:24 AM

neither was I - and I still don't have it - that does make me feel more than a little outdated - to think that there's technology older than me out there and I never thought to take full advantage of it...

Posted by: indie | Mar 18, 2007 2:29:15 PM

I feel...SO... old...

I owned an Atari 2500...

...so old...

Posted by: Adam Wilmer | Mar 18, 2007 6:23:45 PM

Hey, ataris were cool. I remember those things-- oh, so very, VERY vaguely. You can't be THAT old.

On second thought.... : )

Posted by: Alli | Mar 18, 2007 7:11:04 PM

hey - I remember the atari too - my... parents... had one...


Posted by: indie | Mar 19, 2007 6:32:04 AM

At the risk of wondering, how old are you guys anyway? (don't be specific, year only will do)

Posted by: Adam Wilmer | Mar 19, 2007 9:16:37 AM

Atari rocks! Well, not as hard as Nintendo of late, but pretty well.

I'm 35.

Million years old.


Anyway indie: you'd have had to have lived in Japan to take advantage of that tech. Japan has had analog-HD for years.

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Mar 19, 2007 11:50:15 AM


Posted by: Alli | Mar 19, 2007 6:53:16 PM

indie-- they did have one, didn't they? somebody had pong, too. hendleys, perhaps?

Posted by: Alli | Mar 19, 2007 6:54:23 PM

Ugh. Yeah, making me feel a bit old, too!

Posted by: HDTV Ratings | Apr 13, 2008 11:27:51 AM

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