Sue Zeidler writes:
... The competing formats, Sony Corp.-backed Blu-ray and Toshiba Corp.-championed HD-DVD, aim to provide better picture quality and interactive features, but some early viewers have been underwhelmed. ¶ "Neither format is selling well or at the level I had expected. I had expected early adopters to step up and other retailers have had the same experience," said Bjorn Dybdahl, president of San Antonio, Texas-based specialty store Bjorn's. ...
Gee, do you suppose it's because the experience of going from regular to DVD to high definition DVD might be visibly less compelling for most than the earlier experience they all had of going from cruddy old analog TV to a digital monitor -- especially to a regular DVD on a digital monitor? A regular DVD on a digital monitor will give you ED quality. A regular DVD on an HD monitor will give you ED quality. And a high definition DVD viewed on an HD monitor will also be perceived as ED quality when viewed at a non-optimal distance from the screen. I'd bet that most real world viewing of HD monitors in the living room or den is done at a distance beyond that for which the acuity of the human eye can perceive the difference between ED and HD. --Dennis