The Department of Communications was doing regular surveys to find out the awareness and takeup of digital receivers during the analog to digital switchover. I wrote to them to ask the percentage who could watch HD. In a full survey in 2013 prior to the Sydney/Melbourne switchoff more than 90 % of the viewers nationally could view HD programs. At the end of the switchover 220,000 HD MPEG-4 STBs were given to full time pensioners.
OneHD started in 2009 and this killed off the sale of SD only STBs. They were replaced with HD STBs all of which can downscale HD programs back to SD and PAL video for video recorders which have not been on sale for a long time let alone the cassettes.
SBS's 1440 x 1080 "HD" is still MPEG-2. I really wonder how many of those SD only STBs still work. All of my 3 boxes died many years ago. Unfortunately Kmart no longer sell the $30 HD MPEG-4 STB/USB PVR. These have gone because of the huge drop in price of TVs. SD TVs also disappeared from the shops and small widescreen TVs do not cost much more than an STB and many of them will record on a USB drive.
Why should SBS cater for Foxtel viewers when they make available their programs to all viewers for free?
SBS would be better off following the commercials and go MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 so to remove the aliases on sharp picture edges. Of course if they made SBS2, NITV and Food MPEG-4 then SBS2 could be HD and still leave an SBS SD on air for the MPEG-2 only viewers.
The reason why all broadcasters have not switched off their primary channel SD is the fear that a few viewers will complain and for commercials a loss of income.
well, while we wait, im happy with SUHD, at least i can watch it now, for half the price and only marginal differences
im offering a real world experience with regard to how an OLED looked after viewing an SUHD for a period of time (it was even more pronounced when i went back and had another look at the SONY FHD 65X850, which looked the best HD at the time) ... i think somebody asked me for a review of the Sammy, (best i can do in real terms)
mileages will vary, and theory and on paper specs dont always tell the real story
oh hell no, sounds like something the Panasonic salesman tried to tell me as well, different backlighting resulting in marginal colour gamut
its very chunky, huge bezel (aesthetics play a part as well)
peak brightness:1310 cd/m
input lag: 38ms
viewing angle: 46 deg
scaling : good
peak brightness: 1460 cd/m
input lag: 21ms
viewing angle : 60 deg
...not necessarily "better" in some regards