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Topic: Is there a discernible difference between iTunes SD and HD movies on iPad?

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Old 05-04-2010, 04:11 PM
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Is there a discernible difference between iTunes SD and HD movies on iPad?

I plan on purchasing some movies in the near future. When I preview both SD and HD movies they both look identical.

Is there a difference between the two qualities on iPad once downloaded?

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I plan on purchasing some movies in the near future. When I preview both SD and HD movies they both look identical.

Is there a difference between the two qualities on iPad once downloaded?

Thanks.
One of the tech sites recently addressed this issue. The short answer is: not really.

Because the iPad is a 4:3 aspect ratio screen, it cannot even display 720p movies, which are normally 16:9. What we get instead is a maximum resolution of 1024x576 pixels assuming we maintain the 16:9 aspect ration.

Since SD video is 480p, essentially all you're gaining in the HD version of the iPad is an extra 96 lines of horizontal resolution.

Of course if you ever intend to watch these on a TV or computer screen at some point, HD may be worth the extra bucks.
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