Is it worth it to keep my HDTV or just get a regular TV + Apple TV?
September 3, 2011 11:00 AM Subscribe
Just bought an HDTV. Is it worth it, or should I just get a regular TV + Apple TV?
posted by deern the headlice to Technology (20 answers total)
I haven't bought a TV in 10 years and never cared much about them. Moving into a larger house last week, I went out and bought a Samsung 40" SmartTV with HD. It has a Samsung Apps feature that lets you add stuff like Netflix, YouTube, etc, which is pretty neat.
The only frustrations so far:
1) Using 2 complicated remote controls just to do basic stuff
2) There are something like 800 channels, most of which I would never watch. I also can't grasp which ones are HD and which ones aren't. Some fill the width of the screen, some don't. Some are crisp, some aren't. I don't even know how to memorize the location of this many channels. Yes, I'm nearing middle-age and like simplicity.
3) The HD quality is genuinely off-putting sometimes. It's distracting to watch a show like 30 Rock, thinking it looks like it was shot on home video. It looks great for sports, but that's about it.
So, would a conventional flat-screen TV + Apple TV for Netflix, etc, be just as good? Has anyone "downgraded" to that setup after being frustrated by HD? What is a "conventional" analogue TV even called anymore? Thanks!