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babyj

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its actually harder to convince people about hd. the real problem is not convicing them about voom. its answering this question: whats so great bout hd?

whenever i tell people bout hd they are like blah if they never seen it. but whoever came to my house...i didnt even have to say anything..heres wat i hear:"omg the picture looks so clear..like we can almost touch it"

so it comes back the same old topic..why isnt voom in retail stores so people can actually seee it.
 

DarrellP

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I've shown my entire neighborhood MNF, DiscHD, ESPN Baseball, you name it and they all go ga-ga over my big screen but not one of them has bit the bullet on buying their own. In fact, one of my neighbors who I know can well afford it, just had a SD Dish system installed. :yikes :shh :shocked :confused: :no
 

Tvlman

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Darrell is right. You have to show them or they have to see it somewhere in order to understand it. Before I saw HD I thought "what's the big deal? I have a very clear picture on my regular TV." I couldn't believe the photographic quality and detail when I saw it for the first time.
 

dledeaux

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I have been "gaga" over HD ever since I saw a demonstration of it on some news show some 15 years ago. They described the Japanese having strains of it already, and showed a side by side comparison of what HD and SD looked like. I was sold at that point. :smug

It's only just now that it's become widely available and affordable for me.
 

ricks

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DarrellP said:
I've shown my entire neighborhood MNF, DiscHD, ESPN Baseball, you name it and they all go ga-ga over my big screen but not one of them has bit the bullet on buying their own. In fact, one of my neighbors who I know can well afford it, just had a SD Dish system installed. :yikes :shh :shocked :confused: :no

Maybe it's just easier to come over to your house? :p
 

GadgetRick

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It's not about the pq...

As was mentioned, it's not so much about the pq. I've been into home theater for years. I've always had a great setup and my friends come over often to view (at the time) laser discs then DVDs along with various big sporting events. They ALL say, "Wow! This looks and sounds incredible!" Yet not one of them has EVER run out and bought equipment to improve what they've got. I've even explained they wouldn't need to spend the type of dough I've dropped to get a very good system. The systems are widely available in the Best Buys and other major electronics retailers and they're cheap. Yet, they still don't go and get it.

Now, along comes Voom, my friends come over and say, "Wow! That's even BETTER than what you were showing me!" Again, nobody's running out and buying HD sets and installing Voom.

So why is it? Well, most people are happy with what they've got. If it means any inconvenience (whether that's cost or installing equipment) they'll generally stay with what they've got. After all, they can already watch whatever they're watching on cable or DTV or Dish. Why buy a new set and install another service? Same thing goes with my friends checking out my whole home theater. Sure, it looks and sounds better than the theaters in the area but what do they care? They've got a DVD player and a tv to play DVDs on. They don't care if it doesn't look all that great.

In short, this is HDTV's (and Voom's) biggest challenge--getting the, "regular," consumer to buy into it then actually buy it. As long as there's an alternative and it's an easier/cheaper alternative, people will NOT switch (as a general rule). It's a shame but most people will not demmand quality.

The Rickster
 

babyj

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rickster you are right. but people who walk into Circuit City or Best buy are people who are looking to buy the latest technology. and i don't think anyone is buying regular RCA tvs. Sales people at these stores are pushing for HDTV cause thats where the money is. and most tvs now are hdtv ready. so ya people who already have good setups wont change but you can always go for the people who are already in the market.
 

GadgetRick

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Agree

I totally agree more HD needs to be in the chains. I'm just saying it'll take more than this. It also just can't be any type of inconvenience or the people just won't embrace it unless they are made to. I don't think anyone is going to make us run out and buy an HD set anytime soon so it's gotta be easy.

I know the government has all these mandates and the likes but we
ll see if they actually stick to everything...

The Rickster
 

riffjim4069

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...I'm sorry, but I just don't see purchasing my next HD set at the local Wal-Mart anytime soon :confused: Granted, it's out favorite store---and perhaps it's what we need---but it will be a few years before Joe Blow is buying his Apex 40" 1080p for $367.82 (rollback price ya know!). Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy my Mits WS-65712 and the company of friends and family.

...and I thought this was the Viagra thread :shh

Riff...<EOT>
 

rang1995

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DarrellP said:
I've shown my entire neighborhood MNF, DiscHD, ESPN Baseball, you name it and they all go ga-ga over my big screen but not one of them has bit the bullet on buying their own. In fact, one of my neighbors who I know can well afford it, just had a SD Dish system installed. :yikes :shh :shocked :confused: :no


that's a problem ,as big as the growth is we are still a very small minority
 

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riffjim4069 said:
...and I thought this was the Viagra thread :shh
No, not this one. It must be the one below: "Soft Again"
(Sorry couldn't resist... :D )
 

rexoverbey

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YOu need to change the other one that says "soft again"! Its right underneath this one hahahaha!
 

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