Question About HDTV & Dish

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by marketinghelp, Jan 27, 2007.

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  1. marketinghelp

    marketinghelp Mentor

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    We currently have Dish with a standard DVR. If we buy an HDTV today, is there any way to watch shows in HD without doing anything else?

    Do we have to get a different DVR even if we just want to watch sports in HD and not record them?

    Do we have to pay more for HD programming?

    Is there any way to just watch the local channels in HD without doing any upgrades?

    Thanks!
     
  2. CABill

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    You could buy an HDTV with an ATSC tuner (most do now, smaller screens will also soon be required if they have any tuner) and get all your local OTA digital channels without any DISH equipment. If you want a HD channel from DISH, you'd need an HD DISH receiver.
     
  3. Jim5506

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    Look at www.antennaweb.org and input you exact street address. It will give you an estimate of all the TV channels you could receive. By clicking the digital only button you can see how many digital channels you have available. Remember that digital may not mean HD, you may have to look at www.TitanTV.com to determine whether a digital channel is broadcasting in HD or not..
     
  4. marketinghelp

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    So if it has an ATSC tuner does that mean I would just need to hook up some rabbit ears?
     
  5. Jim5506

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    That all depends on how far you are from the transmitters - see post #3.

    Give us your zip code so we can look up your stations.
     
  6. harsh

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    You'll need and HD receiver or HD DVR to receive HD programming from Dish Network.
    If you have an HD receiver, you will pay more. HD is a completely different animal from Standard Definition (SD) and it costs Dish quite a bit more to provide it.
     
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