With SKY-HD, and HD-DVD nearly upon us, i was just wondering what people really think of the HD they have seen so far. Until fairly recently, i had only seen (on my own setup) Microsofts WMV-HD clips etc. In the last few months, i have started to see more and more Hi-def stuff. Even my local TV shop is showing HD1! (euro 1080) I found a great site for demo stuff http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=6537 This site has a wide mixture of the available sources of hi-def. I originally had a hard time getting WMV-HD to look good. Banding ranged from subtle to severe, but always present. Stuttering and jumps plagued most viewing sessions. I was beginning to wonder how anybody could say WMV-HD was good. In fact i was beginning to wonder what all the fuss with hi-def was about. I few changes of hardware and software suddenly changed everything. CPU from 2ghz to 3.2ghz XP to MCE2005 VGA from nVidia 5950 to nVidia 6600GT PCIe(driver 71.84/9) I use the custom resolution/refresh rates provided.(1280x720 @ 59.94) TheaterTek 1.5 to 2.1.1 X-Mystique 7.1 D.D. 5.1 encoding soundcard(converts WMV 5.1 into DD5.1 etc) For the first time, i could just play a WMV-HD file without any fuss. The banding "totally" disappeared. (there is a couple of IMAX discs that still have some slight banding in the source though) Sunset fades where now smooth, with no zooming lines of graduations! With everything locked in, more detail was on offer and was very enjoyable. This then spurned me on to get more Hi-def stuff! Some of the clips from the site mentioned above are simply stunning. Stuff from the hi-def "video" cameras is awesome. But this is where i started to see a downside for hi-def "films". With hi-def "films"(shot on film etc), film grain is much more visible. On the footage i have seen so far, this can range from hardly noticeable to down right ugly! Even in the same film, it can vary from scene to scene. One minute the picture looks stunning and highly detailed, the next grainy and poor. One scene looks no better than DVD, the next blows it out of the water! Please don't get me wrong, i'm just saying that something on hi-def is no guarantee of better picture quality. I'm sure future film productions will have to use higher grain film, or just use hi-def cameras.(unless they want the film grain look etc) I was considering getting D-VHS as a temporary stop gap until they sort out the HD-DVD mess. But i was reluctant to build a library of tapes, only for them to be obsolete fairly soon. Since it is tape based, it suffers VHSs bad points. No instant access, and any tape defect results in ugly on screen blocks/loss of video. Most of the stuff i now have on my HDD, is WMV-HD and .TS. (MPEG) Some of this material is simply stunning. It has banished my fears that hi-def wasn't much of a improvement from DVD. Higher detail levels are what most people hope for with hi-def. But i have found the lack of(reduced?) scaling/aliasing/banding artifacts to be most welcome. Colours also seem far more natural and deep, without seeming artificial. I haven't seen sport with Hi-def yet. So if anybody would be so kind to send me some footage taken from a live broadcast, i would be very grateful! (Another forum member has been a great help in my quest for more hi-def, and i would like to thank him) All in all, the more hi-def stuff i see the more i want! What do you think?