The promise of super resolution upconverting technology making all your old SD sources shiny and beautiful HD hasn't exactly translated to reality, but if viewers won't upgrade on their end, NEC is delivering its hardware to broadcasters with the SRVC-1000 transcoder. Split screen demo videos might not convince us to upgrade our TV just to watch old VHS tapes, but this rack mounted unit aims to keep archived video fresh or even allow them to keep using SD cameras -- although we'd rather they didn't -- saving money while upgrading to HDTV by producing smooth and clear upscaled video in real time. Hopefully the implementation of these units makes it even tougher to tell when some standard-definition is sneaking in, but we're not holding our breath.

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NEC's SRVC-1000 adds super resolution upconverting for broadcasters