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April 24, 2013

DUVALL: Seeing the world in high definition

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Tonawanda News — That makes the timing of the purchase — albeit despite a modest boost to the bank account thanks to income tax returns — all the more strange.

Am I just keeping up with the Joneses? I go to friends’ houses to watch things like hockey games, movies and the Oscars. These friends have much nicer televisions than I do.

That doesn’t seem like the reason either. The only two people who would set eyes on this television are my roommate and I. We don’t regularly host parties at our place. It’s too small for more than 10 or so people to comfortably gather inside. And besides, New Year’s Eve excepted, I’m not much of a party-hosting kind of guy. (I’ve had a handful of friends over on First Night for several years under the premise controlling the beast that is New Year’s Eve is easier when I decide the guest list rather than some bouncer at a bar.)

Joneses be damned.

I suppose it’ll be nice to watch sports on a big, HD TV. As it stands now, all the games are broadcast in widescreen format, meaning the Sabres defenseman about to turn over the puck as he skates out of the defensive zone — or the Bills quarterback dropping back to throw an interception — does so off-screen when you’re watching in standard definition.

Sadly, just because I can’t see it on my crappy standard definition television doesn’t mean it isn’t about to happen.

If there’s a perk, it’ll be that I can watch my favorite sports teams stink with greater clarity — at least in terms of picture quality. The new TV won’t be any help with the more existential questions over the focus and clarity of Buffalo’s sporting ventures.

So, really, why am I getting a new television? I guess the answer is because sometimes people just buy new televisions. How much I’ll use it remains to be seen, quite literally I suppose.

HD is nice but it doesn’t change my preference to see things in ED — Eyeball Definition.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com.

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