Are you only only interested in "the width and not the depth", I start to watch some films, and watching online is quite often terrible, but if it is good it doesn't matter about the quality. There is an old film channel online, and the quality is terrible, but if you get interested in the story or characters you soon forget about it. I thought we were reviewing the content of the film, and don't forget it was only a tv series, and not the quality of the recording. I too get upset as to why they can't properly convert films to their former glory, but I will watch say, African Queen, on Film 4, crappy quality, 4:3, but have we become a bit TOO demanding. I still watch old VHS Videos, and soon forget the difference between them and my 1080p TV.
You haven't really said if you found the story interesting?