On 12/02/2014 12:03 AM, salyavin808 wrote:

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :

Thanks. I'm not into game shows. I like horror, sci-fi, thrillers and crime dramas and occasionally good (which is rare) comedy. Netflix just dropped off a load of European crime dramas that I've been watching over the past two weeks. US TV took a hiatus last week because they don't want anyone watching TV when they should be shopping at their advertisers. The last two episodes of "Sons of Anarchy" will be airing this week and next then it's by-by for that series. "American Horror Story: Freakshow" will probably air two more episodes then off for a month or more hiatus. The last two episodes of "Constantine" have been better than the opening ones. "Sabotage", a movie with Ahnuld and a bunch TV actors including Merrielle Enos turned out to be better than I had expected. It's on Netflix but too violent for this crowd.

I wish I had a bit more to recommend from over here but I've missed a lot of it. People often say "did you see..." at the water cooler but I often haven't and promise myself to watch it on catch up as it's a shame to miss something good.

"The Detectorists" was good. I'd be interested to see how well it crosses the pond and if it makes any sense to you at all.

The gimmick TV manufacturers are pushing now is 4K TV sets and Sony even has a 4K camcorder for $2K. I've long stopped being a trophy electronics owner though. Don't have the money nor the foolishness for it.

4K is an amazing amount of data, I sw one in a shop the other day and wondered how my old Dr Who videos would look under that sort of scrutiny. I'm still stunned by my HD TV I got last year.

You can already buy compact cameras that record in 4K! That's an 8 megapixel picture in video. I'm impressed by the technological achievement but it's a bit much for the living room, might make cinema even more impressive but 3D movies seemed like they were doing it for the sake of it. A good film is a good film regardless of how it is broadcast. They should concentrate on scripts I think, all those huge cameras are expensive. Probably be a backlash to the old ways of doing things if it gets too advanced.

Netflix is already streaming some 4K material. Some of the Bluray players are equipped for it. It's only a matter of time or probably this next CES in January that smartphones will come with 4K cameras. TCL, the company that made my new TV, a year ago promised 4K TVs for under $1000. My 55" panel cost $500 and as I look back in 1991 I bought a 27" TV for $900 (had S-VHS inputs) and in 2000 spent about $4000 to be an early HDTV adopter with a Pioneer 53" set.

I didn't really have anything HD to watch on it until the following spring when I got Dish Network and the HD STB was the first one that the installer had ever done and at that I had to fix everything after he left. The 53" Pioneer sits in my garage with no takers even though I've offered it for free. The power supply was even resoldered by an expert which made the set perform better than when it was delivered.

I also just "had" to have an HD camera so bought one of those JVC cameras for $3500 in 2003. It came bundled with a JVC HD D-VHS deck. Nowadays the $20 Vivatars probably take better videos except the JVC has a really good lens on it.

Yes, I'll watch at about any resolution if the story is interesting enough. But I'm on home theater forums where getting an OPPO Bluray player is very important to them whereas I'm getting a great picture with a Sony S1200 with all the latest apps and those were going for as low as $40 during Black Friday. But mine cost nothing but Sony Rewards points. My older player was beginning to crash.

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