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Watching movies/TV shows on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Jake872, Aug 31, 2010.

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    I guess this question is more about your personal preferences, but I figured I'd ask anyways. I love my iPad (and I'm posting this from my iPad), but I've never used it (or my iPhone) as a way to watch movies and TV shows. What I'm trying to understand is this: why do people choose to watch things on a 9.7 inch screen, rather than in 1080p on a 40+ inch screen?
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    Lots of reasons, depending on your situation. The 40" TV doesn't follow me to the dining room or outside if I want. It also doesn't go with me to the gym while I am on the treadmill or stationary bike.

    At night I can don blutooth headsets to keep from disturbing the wife.

    The 40" Bravia also doesn't sit on my desktop while I am puttering around on the web or the kitchen.
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    Ditto that. :)

    I used to watch videos on my PSP, then on my Creative Zen Vision W while waiting in doctor's waiting rooms, or other waiting situations. Now I use my iPad. I used to also read on my Kindle when I got that a year ago, now I read on my iPad.

    Much easier to carry around than a regular sized TV/monitor.

    The iPad is much more portable.
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    I'm not a quality nut personally, so whether watching on my TV (which is actually just a 24" HD monitor connected to my media centre) or on the iPad on my lap it's not much difference. I prefer watching TV with my wife in bed, on the train or when we're traveling. Personally I abhor becoming so attached to the idiot-box I am resisting the desire for a big-screen. I already watch to much and play to much PS3 ;)
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    Well if I am home and have the time, the home theater environment is indeed nice for watching a movie. Dim the lights, crank up the volume and all that.

    But most of the time my iPad will do nicely. And try this: while sitting where you would normally watch that 40" TV, make a square using your thumbs and forefingers, like a director trying to envision a shot. Now size that square so your TV's screen fills it. I bet it is not really any bigger than the iPad would be.



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    Or the airport, plane, doctor's office, auto repair shop, or anywhere else where there is a possibility of an insufferable wait. :)
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    I choose to watch these things on my 9.7in screen rather than a 40+ inch HDTV scree because...I don't have such a TV! I have the same 27 inch tube TV that I bought in 1998. It gets the job done for casual watching, but as the others have said, the portability of the iPad - in conjunction with the fact that considering the proximity to your face at which the iPad is held, the movie/TV show fills as much of, if not more than, your field of vision as a large TV - makes it a valuable asset for viewing purposes.

    That said, if any of you has a 40+ inch LCD TV that you've grown tired of because of the awesomeness of your iPad, I will relieve you of this TV at no cost to myself.
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    LOL, tempting, but I still have some sporting events I prefer on the big screen.

    Yup, the angle subtended at the eye by each screen is very comparable. Even with the iPad held at a comfortable distance it is slightly larger area than the TV.

    Yes "subtended" is a word, and I am using it correctly here. ;)
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    I have a 47" tv in my living room, but sometimes prefer the comfort of my bedroom - ipad is portable ;)
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    You guys got to get up with the times. I have a 46 Sharp in the den, a 26 LG on the patio, a 26 Sharp on the wall in front of the Pool, a 26 LG in the Home Office, a 37 Sharp in the Bedroom, a 20 in the Grandkids Bedroom, and a 20 in the Garage. How can you get by without a flatscreen?
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    When I am at home, the TV is where I do watch movies.

    But any other time, it is on my iPad, if I am away on business, out with teh family for ong car rides, the kids love movies on it.

    So IMO, it boils down to watching a movie on an iPad screen or an iPod touch screen...
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    Netflix view on demand works great over wi-fi. I like being able to watch a movie laying down on my couch..somehow it's more relaxing :)
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    My wife likes reality tv I like MMA. We can sit on the couch together and both watch different things.
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    Watching a show on my iPad from 6 inches is as good as my 42 inch from 6 feet.
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    What, nothing in the kitchen or bathroom? :p
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    That's what the iPad's for!
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    And at six inches it only makes you slightly cross eyed. Arms length may prove to be easier on the eyes.
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    Um, we don't all have big televisions. I don't own a television at all, and don't plan to get one - I'm using the space for an archaic entertainment media called "books." (Your iPad has an electronic version - picture that, but on reconstituted wood pulp with ink.)

    The iPad's fine for what little I do watch (umm, the Closer and a new show called Rubicon).
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    I don't unless I'm watching YouTube or news clips or other short clips...I might if I have it out somewhere and bored with wifi available..No point since I have a 58 plasma in living room and 54 in bedroom.

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