High def on your high def tele when you don’t have high-def boxes

I don’t have a high-def Sky box. They cost £250 or something and you have to subscribe to Sky’s high-def service which cost £10 extra a month, last I looked.

I don’t have a Blu-Ray player. They’re at least £250 still and I’m not wasting my money on the ever-so-dead-but-doesn’t-realise-it-yet HD-DVD format.

But I have a high-def tele.

That’s not good, is it? So how can I get a high-def picture on my existing content?

Okay, it’s not quite fully high-def, but since my AppleTV produces a high-def picture, if I record stuff with my PVR and export it in top quality to my Apple TV, it turns out to be a lot better than the quality from my regular Sky box.

Just thought I’d share that with you.


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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