The Evolution of HD Televisions
All our media playing devices and storage formats would be pointless without a TV worth connecting them to. Luckily, HDTVs look leaps and bounds better than the SDTVs of the 90s and early 2000s. Old cathode ray tube TVs were no competition for a movie screen; they were low resolution and couldn't display images at the frame rate of an HDTV or with the same color quality [source: Projector Central].
With HDTVs, watching a movie at home can look every bit as good as a theatrical showing -- and home HD projectors go that extra step by replicating the theatrical experience of watching a projected image on a silver screen. And here's the great thing about HDTV technology: As movie theaters charge more money for tickets every single year, TVs get cheaper. In 2006, I bought a 26-inch 720p Samsung LCD for $1000. Today a larger, better 40-inch 1080p Samsung sells for less than $900 [source: Amazon]. While cutting-edge TVs are still expensive, the passage of time will continue to drive prices down while picture quality and design improves. In 2000, the average TV was primarily a boxy hunk of plastic. In 2011, we can buy LED-backlit TVs 55-inches across and barely more than an inch thick [source: Samsung]!