I know it's the weekend and we should all be relaxing in front of our HDTV sets, but I have to rant a little. Ok; maybe more than a little. It's not even a new rant; I covered this a few months back in an open letter to the FCC on clear, accurate product labeling for HDTVs.
Today I saw an ad in my Best Buy flyer for a Magnavox 42-inch widescreen Plasma HDTV. Now, as we all know from our personal experience and from our HDTV defined feature a few weeks back, for a set to carry an HDTV label, it must output a minimum resolution of 720p. Less than 720p is either EDTV or SDTV; a pair of acronyms we never utter in my house.
So, what's the resolution per the ad and per the Best Buy website?
1024 x 768, which isn't HDTV, folks. In fact, it's 256
Let's look at the "Maximum Resolution" that Best Buy indicates this very set it capable of: 1080i. Huh? Whaddya talking' 'bout; this is NOT a 1080i set. Can it receive a 1080i signal; yep, it sure can, but that's not the "Maximum Resolution" by any means. I'm not trying to pick on Best Buy; this is simply an example and just another reason that we need mandated, consumer-friendly labeling for truth in HD advertising. Who's with me?