I was recently very surprised to hear that you need a high definition digital tv to view high definition digital tv broadcasts. Just call me dumb. Both our digital tvs and pvrs have been HD, so I just assumed that if you didn't have HD and only standard definition, that the channel would still work, just not with the same quality picture. I was wrong.
With our old crt non digital television we once tried a digital set top box. I couldn't get it to work properly and we took it back to the store. I have since learnt they we should have paid more and bought a decent one. But it would have been standard definition and I wonder how many standard definition digital tvs and set top boxes are out there? Not too many I would hope as I understand ABC's new News 24 will be broadcast only in HD and so if you don't have an HD set or HD digibox, then you won't receive it at all. This seems very unfair to viewers who don't have HD, but perhaps there are not very many of them.
As for the merits of HD, well, SD broadcasts on our present tv are vastly superior to HD broadcasts on our three yearold HD tv, so I am not too fussed about HD. It seems to more to do with the quality of the tv and the rapidly advancing standards.
Regardless, good luck to ABC News 24. It debuts tomorrow night, Thursday on channel 24. I wonder how it will be abbreviated? 24? News 24?
We don't watch a lot of the alternative digital tv stations, but at times we come across some gems, well R does as he is inclined to lie in bed and channel hop, something neither of us ever dare do when we are both watching tv.
Although it was later on ABC1, the wonderful Beautiful People was first shown on ABC2. Skins was very earthy and entertaining.
At the moment we never miss The Street, among the finest tv drama I have ever seen.Catch it Tuesday night, ABC2. It is gritty and you will feel their pain.
While I don't watch daytime tv, I do at times watch recorded tv during the day. I switched off something I had just finished watching to see the end credits rolling for The Lucy Show. I used to love it as I did Green Acres, but they are shows best not revisited. I watched Lucy the following day and maybe it was just a crook episode, but it did not hold up well, and I expect it had been butchered to pieces as it only ran for twenty two minutes, including ads.
The extra commercial channels offer little that appeals, except one quite funny show on 99 called The Inbetweeners, essentially about a group of four boys who are always trying to get laid. The characters are just so strong and well developed that the light subject matter does not matter. Give it a shot. You won't believe what they get up to at times.
Have you found any little gems on the extra channels that you can direct me to?