Today many consumers are buying large high definition televisions that can display crisp and vibrant pictures. Several people make the mistake of using their old DVD player and wondering why the picture quality is not as good as they expected. You must buy an HDMI DVD player to get the most out of your new HDTV.
HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Think of HDMI as sending at lot more information to your television than your old standard DVD player. High definition televisions can “slurp” up 1080 lines of information for each picture frame where older televisions could only handle 480 lines of input. You paid for a better TV and HDMI can supply the proper information to get the best picture possible. Make sure you buy an HDMI cable along with the DVD player. Yes, I know it is more expensive, but it will allow for an excellent movie experience as compared to an S-Video or Composite cable video connection.
The HDMI DVD player uses “upconvert” technology, which will take your normal DVDs and convert them to 1080 lines of information. Think of it as a picture than needs some pixels filled in. The software inside the HDMI DVD player “guesses” at what data needs to be added to fill in the 1080 lines of video. It is an excellent way to enjoy HDTV without having to buy an expensive HD DVD player and purchasing your entire DVD library. I have a 50 inch Sony HDTV with an HDMI DVD player, and I absolutely love it! We often prefer to watch movies at home rather than the theater.
I am sure that a High Definition DVD player will provide a better video picture, but at what cost? A new HD DVD player will cost several hundred dollars compared to an HDMI DVD player that is less than a hundred dollars. On top of the extra expense for the player, the HD DVD movies cost double what a normal DVD does. Also, don’t forget the expense to replace your current DVD library.
If you have a little patience, my suggestion would be to wait a few years for the High Definition DVD war to settle down. Eventually, HD DVD players and HD DVD movies will be affordable. For me and my family we are perfectly happy with our HDMI “up-convert” player.