Iam in hi-def heaven with dish net The hi-def and Voom package is only $15.00 per month and the network channels are $5.00 extra But I chouse to install a cheap outside antenna for my local hi-def channels FREE because dish has a second over thwe air hi-def tuner So I have 18 local digital channels 8 are in hi def YA CANT DO THAT WITH CRAPPY CABLE SERVICE MORE your local digital channels will also look so sweet because your are receiving them in a pure digital format unlike cable which is anolog, FEE much cheaper and if you want to go nuts you can order more hi-def channels Just make sure you add the VOOM package awsome hi-def programming stewee
In December of 2005, my partner and I purchased a Sony LCD Flat Screen HD TV. We were so excited, because of the wonderful picture and sound quality it offered.
This excitement ended when we came to the realization that Cox Communications only offered about 13 HD channels of which we would watch maybe 5. Although our local ABC affiliate broadcasts in HD, we cannot receive it, because the station is a odds with Cox over the cost Cox would have to pay for that privilege.
I thought the government had mandated all broadcasting to be in HD by 2006. Just two weeks after our purchase, the government changed the rules and extended the deadline until, I believe 2009.
Our question is two fold. First, we were told that the life of the LCD screen was up to 5 years (Plasma 4). This is well short of the mandate if indeed the mandate was for HD programing and not just digital. What happens at the end of 5 years? Does the screen just go blank or does it just slowly fade into the sunset?
Secondly, Direct TV is advertising they will be adding "hundreds" of HD channels in the future. Do you know when the future will be? I have contacted them, but can't get an answer.
In short, anyone who buys a HD TV now, is getting screwed royally. We do all the research to determine what is best for our use, just to find out the HD availability is very ... very limited.
Be aware of this and I look forward to your responses.