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- Peter Taylor on What happened to the humble TV? Ric, Just as the era of compact discs promised "never bnefore heard sound quality", so too does - purportedly - HDTV. But I ... more
- Mark on What happened to the humble TV? The Love Boat is actually on Eleven in SD. So I don't know what you're complaining about. more
- John on In defence of MYKI MYKI won me over and so I've registered via the Internet. more
- John on The Tail of a Little Dog Animal stories (blogs) n comments I like thank you ric, like selection of music too more
- Brian Grieef on What happened to the humble TV? G'day Ric,in our case we have three analogue TVs, lounge,kitchen/dining and bedroom, but the most important one is the ... more
- Rod Harvey on What happened to the humble TV? Oh, so true!And what do I often resort to? Turning off the telly and switching on the radio so I don't have to be distracted ... more
- Vince, Ruby & Brenda on The Tail of a Little Dog Well Ric, at last we see Taco, she is beautiful. Obviously she has taken your heart, but who am I to talk, what has Ruby ... more
- Vince on In defence of MYKI Hi Rick, (Ditch), if it's MYKI, how come you are using it, Ruby and I would like it back. Anyway, Ditch, it's a seniors ... more
- June Arnott on In defence of MYKI Myki is fine until you come up against the cumbersome rules & regs that go with it.My auto top up failed because my old ... more
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- Les on In defence of MYKI Ric,I understand the Metcard system, it is easy to use and it has been reliable. Why change something simply because the ... more
- Helen on In defence of MYKI Dear Ric, I find that you've got interesting comments all round. There are pros and cons with everthing that you do. There ... more
- Terry Norton on In defence of MYKI I see 3 major problems with MYKI.The first is, why should you have to pay good money to buy a card, simply to then be ... more
- cheryl Garofalo on In defence of MYKI I don't use public transport all that much but I find myki easy to use. I used to use the smart system in Perth, so found ... more
- Elaine on In defence of MYKI Hi Ric, Your comment on MYKI is an interesting one. What we don't get told is that in the case of my son he doesn't have a ... more
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What happened to the humble TV?
Now I’m not the sharpest knife in the block and there are lots of things I don’t understand. Here’s another one!
Once upon a time we had “analogue” television... Four “free to air” channels including one with no commercials (which we were happy to pay for with our taxes).
We had the telly in the corner in the lounge - and back in the good old days it was in black and white. It didn’t matter though, cos IMT and HOMICIDE were fantastic no matter how they came into the house!
Now we move sometime into the future... Can’t remember when and all of a sudden we need DIGITAL television. No rhyme nor reason, we just need Digital!
So do we need Standard or High Definition? Nobody seemed certain, so we went with Standard Definition (or Def for short).
I can see you getting confused already… So some of the early birds rushed out and bought new Standard Definition tellies, then someone else decided we should have High Definition!
And all the Standard Def tellies ended up in the hard waste!
Thank God for Kev's stimulus package cos then we all had 900 dollars to go out and buy a HIGH definition telly (some of us even went out and bought a Standard Def digital recorder that couldn't record High Def!)
So what happened then?
We got about seven thousand new channels with the promise of fantastic program choice (some were High Def and others were Standard Def so we ended watching Footy on channel 7 in Standard Def and re-runs of THE LOVE BOAT in High Def on SEVEN MATE!?)
GOD HELP ME!
So in the end, after spending my 900 bucks on a new High Def telly, THREE SET TOP BOXES (which all blew up)… AND another 500 on a new antenna... what do I have?!
Same old rubbish. 24 hours a day. And now 27 new channels showing either re-runs of the LOVE BOAT or infomercials selling anything from steam mops to one piece bras to saws with two blades (that would be perfect for chopping up three old analogue televisions that are now no use to man or beast!)
I think we’ve been done again!
Oh, I nearly forgot… remember on funny old fashioned ANALOGUE television? How the words used to match the movement of the mouth? On DIGITAL, there is a full one second gap. And we lose the picture when the washing machine changes cycle or a plane flies over the house! Even with my FIVE HUNDRED Dollar gizmo on the roof!
Tell me what you think?
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Ric, Just as the era of compact discs promised "never bnefore heard sound quality", so too does - purportedly - HDTV. But I lend from the "tree in the forest" analogy here, if you can't SEE the difference, is it there? Does it matter if it is but you CAN'T see it? Personally, I have a full HD tv, but that was merely because it was the best buy at the time. I think it comes down to personal preference. I'd strongly recommend those looking to buy a new tv do their own, comprehensive research and settle for a tv that suits THEIR needs (specification and budget wise), NOT those of the retailer.Peter Taylor Friday 26 April, 2013 - 3:04 PM
The Love Boat is actually on Eleven in SD. So I don't know what you're complaining about.Mark Wednesday 17 October, 2012 - 2:14 PM
G'day Ric,in our case we have three analogue TVs, lounge,kitchen/dining and bedroom, but the most important one is the little B&W TV in the dunny with the built-in aerial, which is great if you "need to go" during a good program, no set-top box in there. A friend made the comment that if you were constipated, "you could turn on Bert Newton and fix the problem". You're right Ric we don't need digital. Love your show. Regards, BrianBrian Grieef Thursday 5 July, 2012 - 2:33 PM
Oh, so true!
And what do I often resort to? Turning off the telly and switching on the radio so I don't have to be distracted by looking at the screen all the time listening to either repeats of shows I have already seen or really didn't want to see in the first place.Rod Harvey Monday 2 July, 2012 - 9:00 PM