Hitachi 5200 email received from SKY


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I have just received the following email fro SKY, in responce to my question on this sets HDTV compatibility....

Thank you for your email.

HDTV broadcast services will start in Europe in 2006. This will deliver
viewers the best picture quality ever seen in the history of broadcast
television. HDTV refers to the highest-resolution format of digital
broadcast TV. While there is still some discussion about what is true HDTV,
it is generally accepted that 1,080-line interlaced (1080i) or 720-line
progressive (720p) are HDTV. A TV that is described as 'HDTV-ready' is
usually capable of properly displaying at least 1000-line interlaced or
720-line progressive.

32/42PD5200. These sets cannot be called "HD Ready" because to do this you
need to be able to accept and display 1080i 50/60 & 720p50/60 via DVI and
Component. We can show 1080i 50/60 but only 720p60.

42PD5200H. Again we cannot call this set "HD Ready" but we are calling it
HD Compatible. It can accept all signals via the DVI and all signals
except 720p50 via component.

32/42PD7200 Fully Compliant with "HD Ready" specifications.

The Good News:
Sky have confirmed that the first HD boxes will allow you to select the
output, so you can select 1080i (which we think is the best signal anyway)
and connect via the Component input. This means that you can view ALL sky
programmes including HD broadcasts. It may also work via the DVI socket but
this is a bit more complicated and we will need to see a Sky box before we
can confirm.

I apologise for any inconvenience or dissatisfaction this matter may have
caused you but trust that the above information has helped to clarify the


Consumer Affairs Team
Hitachi (Europe) Ltd
England, UK.

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