16 June 2006, 21:57 by mark hoekstra

watching the FIFA World Cup in low-def

I’m not sure how that is in other countries but overhere a lot of people, but also bars and such invested in HDTVs for the current FIFA World Cup. Now there has been trouble to get all the decoders out there on time so chances are very well a whole lot of them isn’t watching this Cup in High Definition after all…

Now, I didn’t invest a thing, I’m not a big fan of soccer. Sure, now this World Cup is going on, I am watching the matches the Dutch team is playing, but to me it’s a little bizarre to invest a huge sum of money (which I don’t have either) for seven games of soccer (wishful thinking…).

(They even air commercials over here for lending you the money so you can buy such a big ass TV for these couple of footballgames… which is even more bizarre … imho …)

Anyways, I’m still happy with my ancient and very obsolete Sony Video Projectionsystem on which I just saw The Netherlands vs. Côte d’Ivoire (which got won by The Netherlands thank you very much).

Of course, the age is showing on my setup, but this cost me 50 euros and that’s almost two years ago already. I bought it just after the European Soccer Championships, so who knows what kind of killerdeal on something else pops up after these games? :-)

We’ll see…

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  1. Franco Filiberti @ 17 June 2006, 01:45 :


    The next wednesday, Netherlands vs Argentina! SOOO WATCHIT on this biiig TV mark. i envy you sooo muchO! i have a crapy 21’‘

  2. Lorn @ 17 June 2006, 01:50 :

    Here in Brazil, have a lot of restaurant that you can see World Cup in HDTV, but to buy a new tv , the price is very high, R$ 10,000 ( US$ 23,000 )
    Ok, i see in ascii ;)

  3. Przemek [PL] @ 18 June 2006, 15:29 :

    Football sux.

  4. Goran @ 22 June 2006, 10:08 :

    Yeah, I’ve noticed the same phenomenon I’ve watched many of the matches in bars and they all seem to be using large LCD and Plasma displays. But the majority seem to be broadcasting a coax cable signal as opposed to satalite or digital cable. The dead giveaway is the 4:3 signal being stretched to 16:9, strangely I seem to be the only one who ever notices.

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