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DTV SD and HDTV
Posted 27 August 2004 - 08:25 AM
Just taking into account the SD and not DVDs, is it worth it to upgrade the TV? I realize that you'll get pixelation with the larger screens. I'm still not sure how large I want to go yet with the tv.
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Posted 27 August 2004 - 08:57 AM
If you're already a D* customer would you think about getting a non-Tivo HD box? You could give D* a call and see if they'd make you a deal on a HD STB, you won't be able to time shift but you'd get some HD content now.
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Posted 27 August 2004 - 10:59 AM
However when viewing SD channels the quality is pretty good. A lot of my friends will come to watch something and they will ask: "Is that HD?" when we are watching SD. It depends on the channel. HGTV, the locals, international channels, they seems "fuzzier." CNN, ESPN, MSNBC, Bravo, and the Fox Sports channel are "sharper." My guess is that the later channels are compressed less and therefore the PQ is better.
It will also help to get a properly sized TV for your room.
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I would recommend that you get a 16:9 HDTV with a built-in tuner. That way you can start by watching HDTV over the air without having to get the HDTV package from D*/E*. There is more and more stuff to watch all the time. Specially sports. I found out that when watching sports in HD, I don't miss the PVR functions that I have available through the SD receiver. Yeah, I miss the occasional rewind to see the play but the improvement in quality is worth it.
Also the Toshiba's have a nice strech feature that doesn't distort the image when displaying a 4:3 source in the 16:9 screen. Make sure that the brand you get has this feature. Toshiba calls it Theater Wide.