It’s true what they say you don’t miss what you never had. I mean I have never lost a second missing my copy of Rihanna’s Greatest Hits (a very short album one can only hope) and the same was true for high definition TV output until a few months ago. I was happy with standard def. I mean I remember my first TV. A black and white set where you had to turn a dial to tune into the frequency, if it didn’t ghost the image I was very lucky. It wasn’t until 1993 I realised that women didn’t have 4 breasts, thanks to black and white porn and this set.
Thanks to a wonderful friend of mine I now have a full HD enabled set up.
I’ve had it for a few months now. I find myself not watching things unless they are in HD, or being slightly irritated if things I like are not available in full 1080 loveliness. Charlie Brookers 2012 Wipe a prime example of this, aired on BBC 2 and despite being shot in HD was not available anywhere to view in the same crisp quality of which my eyes have become accustomed.
Before I get my own HD set I couldn’t quite see (no pun intended) what all the fuss was about. It looked like someone had taken the standard picture and just overexposed the colours a little so that they were brighter. However enter my own HD into my humble abode and I am a HD devotee.
Today I have received my fresh download of the latest Bond film Skyfall from iTunes. Now my Sky HD box was also offering this film to download, for a pound or two cheaper. However I recently watched Ted via this method and I was disappointed to find it was in standard def. So lesson learnt!
I am now spoilt. Here is a guy who once watched a large portion of the 1994 World Cup Final through a snowy picture, because our local transmitter went down. Our VCR (another one for the kids, Video Cassette Recorder) had just came back from repair and was still tuned in to London frequencies, so my Dad and I, watched in black and white through the static. That was the most exciting thing about the 1994 final as I remember.
Now I complain if I can’t see what colour pants Jennifer Morrison is wearing… (I was gonna say when will it end. But that seems like a good place to me)