9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2014 2:25 AM by Gnome of Zurich
swandy Level 2 Level 2 (470 points)
Is there a significant difference between the way HD and SD movies look on the iPad?
I have downloaded a few episodes of the TV show "V" in both and could not see any big difference.

PC, Windows XP
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,625 points)
    On any screen the size of the ipad(or even up to 40"), you won't.
    It's rather a pointless feature(unless outputing to a HDTV) that just looks good in the specs to those who don't know any better.
  • Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
    SD Movies look great, and it is hard to tell any difference versus HD. Space saved by sticking to SD content is significant as well.
  • REKandler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree with the previous posts. I've just downloaded from iTunes two episodes of Doctor Who - one SD and one HD - and I can see no real differences on the iPad screen.

    Are iPad users more or less unanimous on this or does anyone disagree? We've only had three posts on this so far (all on the same side) so I thought it might be interesting to throw the question out more widely and invite views!
  • Ein Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)
    If one can't see the difference, then it wouldn't matter which one.

    But, technically a movie with equal or higher resolutions than the IPad screen will provide a better picture. A downscaled picture usually looks better than an upscaled picture (usually looked soft).
  • sic0198 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    IMO SD movies look great on Ipad.
  • Saw34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    are sd movies good on 5th generation ipod.

  • zachgutz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does retina vs non retina model have any impact on the choice between SD and HD?

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,625 points)


  • Gnome of Zurich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I convinced myself HD was superior to SD enough to make the purchase, but halfway through the movie I realized that once again I had duped myself into justingying a needless expense.  The SD picture is plenty, plenty good, takes MUCH less time to download, and takes up less storage space on your hard drive.  I will never be getting a film in HD again, unless it's a major, major sci-fi special effects bonanza!!!