Just wondering. Are movies on HD DVD/ Blu-Ray any better than Sky movies HD?
Your results will be dependant on your TV...
If you have a plasma that has a res of 1024 x 768 then of course they'll look similar.. if you have a proper HD set (and thus can display HD signals at its minimum HD res (720p/1080i) then its easy to see how much of a big step up HD-DVD and BluRay is on SkyHD (about four times the bandwidth).
My Hitachi panel has a resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels at 1080i. It has no digital inputs which, IMHO, is one reason why it offers the best HD picture I have seen anywhere. There is a complete lack of digital nasties either on Sky HD or HD-DVD. The picture has a superbly detailed analog look to it.
On this panel there is little difference between a good Sky HD picture and a good HD-DVD picture.
Although this is a bit subjective and limited (I do not have a 1080p source or screen, and a relatively small 37in screen), I think right now the theoretical advantage of HD-DVD is being overtaken by the quality of the source material in many cases. I certainly did not think "WOW" when I plugged in the E1, having just watched a preview of Bleak House on BBC HD.
I have sky hd displayed on my 106" screen using a 1080p projector and find sky hd really poor in comparison to bluray. i would go as far to say that a well mastered dvd even though lower res, is better quality than sky hd in terms of colour and less artifects that sky hd has such as blocking. add to this that the sound on sky hd IMO in inferior to bluray and dvd then i would opt for bluray everytime.
Since buying my PS3 i no longer watch skymovies hd as they just dont cut it in terms of quality, its just there for sports now.
This judgment as allready mentioned is dependent on the equipment you are using. if you are using a rubbish display and surround system,they all will look and sound the same.
ok lets take ROTS for an example. on sky hd you are getting a higher res in comparison to DVD but there is blocking artifects especially in the darker moments of the film. If the image is going to turn blocky and pixelate because of limited bandwidth then this is unaceptable for somthing which is supposed to be HD. The ROTS dvd on the other hand has les res which is noticable when doing a direct comparrison but what is much nicer to my eyes is the coulers are much richer and punchier and the sound knocks sky hd into touch. My point is that SOMTIMES the full experience(sound and vision of a movie) can be just as good on DVD when compared to SKYHD.
I've a HD-DVD player and even though the PQ is excellent, I've been more 'impressed' by some of the BBC HD content. I thought it was just me, but it appears that a few others feel the same as well.
I read a while ago (on here) that this is due to the way some satellite HD is filmed, or perhaps I should say videoed. I don't think there was an explanation in the post or thread.
Perhaps the situation would change with a True HD (or whatever the term is) 1920x1080p screen?