Greendrake wrote: ↑Sun 24 Jan 2021, 2:24 pm
Who says we need Discovery
released on a crappy 720x480 DVD? People in the US should be able to purchase and play 720×576 DVDs wherever they come from, and just junk any devices that can't play them (it's a shame those still exist in 2021).
Most NTSC DVD players can't play PAL DVDs, and those that can still present issues for many viewers, because televisions were also manufactured specifically for those broadcast formats.
NTSC 720x480 30fps 60i
PAL 720x576 25fps 50i
It requires a standards conversion to view PAL SD on NTSC SD systems.
Things changed somewhat with HD. Now there was a single resolution worldwide, but technically the 60i/50i barrier remains. Most modern televisions can address this on the fly. But there's a massive installed base of legacy hardware out there, and Amazon is flooded with reviews by North American consumers buying European DVDs and simply not being able to play them.
The sensible solution is to release that material on Blu-ray, which then opens the door to several other benefits that have already been described to you.
NotInvisible wrote: ↑Sun 24 Jan 2021, 1:58 pm
The right device isn't available to you - it's available to the people overseeing the upscale. The inbuilt systems in your Blu-ray player or television are worthless junk compared to that.
Oh really? Even if that is true, those things improve very fast.[/quote]
This is a great example of why discussing this with you is so frustrating. You didn't know about the advantages of Blu-ray vs DVD yet made declarative statements anyway. You continue to demonstrate that you don't actually know what you're talking about (e.g. "people in the US should be able to purchase and play 720×576 DVDs" while oblivious to the 50i/60i issue). And now you are seemingly unaware that professional upscaling is vastly better than the junk in your cheaply made home entertainment hardware yet nevertheless claim that "those things improve very fast," even though you were utterly unaware of the difference in the first place until this post. WTF dude. It's okay to say, "I don't know about this stuff, I just want Discovery to look as good as it can." It's okay to say, "I didn't know that. I just hope we get the best product possible."
But if we don't get Discovery released in its native resolution now we will even less likely get it later.
No one is arguing that Discovery should be released in less than its native resolution (except for those who want a North American DVD release).
The tapes accurately converted to video files in their native resolution would be sufficiently "exactly what was recorded" as far as I am concerned.
Well ideally you'd also want digital restoration with the best codec and bitrate possible. The latter two things mean we're looking at Blu-ray instead of DVD.