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I'm willing to believe that Run, Fat Boy, Run will lift your mood, reduce stress and even boost your immune system but I draw the line at believing it will make you laugh!
If you’re feeling a tad depressed then we’d admit that a comedy could help boost your spirits. But a questionable piece of Sky research claims to have concluded that watching HD TV programmes can help improve the viewer’s psychological well being. According to the broadcaster, it’s apparently proven that “watching television …
I got a bluray drive for my home theater computer, and I've been happier ever since! :)
Seriously, the science probably actually says something somewhat more complicated - like, there's a correlation between larger field-of-view viewing of better colors, and some kind of endorphin response.
Then the press translates that into, "HDTV cures depression!" without reading the paper or asking the scientists, and everyone bitches about the scientists being assholes.
Given the quality of TV programs of late, I think the mere act of watching TV will depress me anyway, HD or not. TV is the opiate for the masses, and this "study" just shows that off. HD doesn't add anything.
If anything, buying an HD TV right now will only *increase* my depression when my next credit card statement comes. Really, there are more important things to spend on than HDTV.
...I put my old SD TV on the curbside for bulk-waste-collection day because there was not enough on worth watching to justify the space it was taking up in my living room!
After sitting through an hour of utter crap just to keep myself up for a Dr. Who rerun, I realised I was better off renting the DVD for $2 weekly and watching it at my choice of time on my (admittedly 27" HD) PC screen.
...think about it.
Eastenders in Hi Def.
The gobal economic crisis, in HiDef
Documentury about the War in Gaza / Iraq / Afganistan in HiDef
Police with cameras in cars and helicopters being watched CCTV! Series 4 - In HiDef
yet another shit reality show, with "celebs" - In Hidef.
How the F**k is that supposed to cure depression!
Give me a good snowball fight anyday
I havev to say that, having waited 20 years for HD (remember the promise of HD-MAC from BSB?) I am absolutely bowled over by the quality of the programmes on BBC-HD. It's like having a window on the world. The Elephants documentary was stunning, as was the one abnout the southern oceans. Even the dramas have a vibrancy about them. When you go back to standard, it's like a veil has been put over your eyes, and on home shopping or UK Gold, having cataracts!
I have the Panasonic Freesat with virgin V+ box and the amount of cfloor space liberated seems to have made my lounge feel bigger. I love it! Bought a PS3 to go with it and that's stunning too.
"We are watching Fox" to quote the simpsons!
Spend the money on something decent.
Seriously, in the closing down sales, for the price of an HDTV, Sky HD subscription and telly licence, you could buy so damn much. All the DVDs of Simpsons and Futurama that would be repeated ad nausium anyway for example.
That ought to elevate the mood.
Volunteers who have depression all register for a test that may imporve their mood.
Sky bring them an HD TV set.
The control subjects do not get one.
Three weeks later the control subjects have had no change in mood.
The subjects who recieved an HD TV are all gleefully happy - they've got a free HD TV ffs!