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HDTV receiver question

by Scientific / August 15, 2004 8:26 AM PDT

I have a tv that is HDTV compatible so I require a HDTV receiver. My question is, if I go with DirecTV and get their HDTV receiver, would I require an additional HDTV receiver because my tv doesn?t one built in? I guess my question really comes down to what is the advantage of getting a tv with a HDTV receiver built in if most providers require that you use one of their receivers?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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Re: HDTV receiver question
by Art / August 15, 2004 5:24 PM PDT
In reply to: HDTV receiver question

HD receiver is not require unless you want to receive OTA signals. So if you have a 720p/1080i connections in the back of the receiver, you sould be all set.

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Re: HDTV receiver question
by cgarrity / August 17, 2004 11:11 AM PDT
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I use DirecTV with a Samsung DirecTV receiver. The advantage of my unit is that it has a DVI output and my TV has a DVI input (which seems to provide a much clearer HD signal.) If you TV doesn't support DVI, the next step down is a componet connection. To my mind, if you don't have either of these tv inputs, you're wasting your time with HD although HD will work also with S-video.

If you want to receive OTA HD signals (local area) you will need a good UHF roof antenna which will jack into your DirecTV receiver. I suppose if your TV came with a built-in HD decoder you could also jack your roof antenna directly into your tv. If you get good OTA HD signals, you WILL want an antenna to get the max HD experience. In the area I'm in, I receive more than 10 HD signals OTA in addition to the DirecTV HD signals. I think there at the present about 10 DirecTV Hd stations (some are pay.)

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Re: HDTV receiver question
by archangelz32003 / September 17, 2004 6:19 AM PDT

Will my Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P EDTV able to receive HDTV signals from my service provider or will it just deconvert it to the max 480p EDTV? My television says it's HD compatible. Please help!

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Re: HDTV receiver question
by sMoRTy71 / August 25, 2004 6:01 AM PDT
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Scientific:
If you are getting your HD content from DirecTV or from cable, you will only need to use the HDTV receiver that DirecTV or your cable company provides. There is no need to get a second receiver.

As for your OTA digital channels, you may be able to get away with a smaller UHF antenna (like the Zenith Silver Sensor) instead of a large rooftop antenna. I use a Silver Sensor in my setup (http://www.smorty71.com/ht) and it works great.

BTW, your OTA antenna will connect directly into your DirecTV HD receiver, not your TV.

sm

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