When I was in Hong Kong last week I visited a friends (TK Chan) home for a demo of his set up. Previously over dinner, he asked if I had seen HDTV yet. I said of course no as I lived in UK where we only have the likes of Sky and ON digital as carriers of high quality bandwidth (thats a laugh). He mentioned that HDTV at 1080i and 720p (which of course even looks smoother than 1080i) looks more real than real???? Whats this guy talking about?????? Anyway, after viewing around 6/7 of the best looking DVD's around, on his 8 inch Sony G70 through a Fara 3000 at 720p, using the interlaced output of his 5k Poineer flagship AX10 DVD player, I basicly thought I was in Home theater nirvana. Everything looked superb. The layers of contrast and colours with this very expensive combination of High end gear looked amazing. (The sound was handled by Mark Levinson and huge B&W Nautilas gear, sexy stuff) Just when I thought things couldent get any better (and basicly its very difficult to get a lot better with the native resolution that DVD has to offer, unless the studio's allow HD-DVD (Hi def dvd at 720p native...dont hold your breath waiting on this one) TK then pulls out some video tapes. They were normal S video tapes of American and Japanese Hi Def programing using a digital recorder (DVHS) at both the source and of course TK's end. HOLY MOTHER OF JESUS. Well, actually I used many swear words. Mostly meant for UK broadcasters....... This was amazing. Direct from tape to the G70 at 1080i (no processor involved, although there is a Fara 5000 whereby you can upscale 1080i to 1080 progressive, but the difference you would see would be minimal on an 8 inch CRT), however, as it was looked trully amazing. First step in the quality chain was when I watched part of a recording of the film 'Predator' and realized within seconds it looked miles better than the DVD. Of course this was still a some what 'second hand' way of doing things as this movie was originaly produced using film, scaned,then transfered over the air via Hi Def signals. What really made me sit up were the recordings of live shows such as Jay Leno's chat show, in which the shots are taken using digital Hi Def camera's and delivered directly to the consumers Hi Def decoder and straight through in component form to the Hi Def display.(note* this particular tv station is transmitted over the air and recieved by a normal rooftop ariel in the states, other HDTV stations are by satelite depending on the area). This was really something to behold. I have never ever seen images of this fidelity. The Japenese Hi Def programs were even a little better as they are using 2nd generation Hi Def camera's while the Americans gear is 2/3 years old. I'm affraid that this sort of quality will never be available in the UK (not in my lifetime anyway). Our rip off culture goes right to the core of most things bought and sold here. Sky tv has bamboozeled most of the british public with 'digital quality' broadcasting of such a poor standard that its actually a disgrace. In fact I recieve analogue satelite programs (via a motorized dish) that look ten times better than most of Sky's programing. Sky (the biggest and greed orientated culprit in my opinion) uses its allocated bandwith to deliver tons of rubbish instead of high quality video (or programming for that matter). 'On digital' is a waste of time as they buy most of their programming from Rupert god Mordochs Sky. The only chance we consumers have is if the Terrestrial corparations (BBC included) awake from their COMA and start thinking about quality broadcasting to go with 'SOME' of their quality programming. As Billy Cotton used to say a long time ago...WAKEY WAKEY !!!!!!!!!!!