A friend of mine has HD cable. He is able to get HD channels and regular channels. I don't know what form the regular programing comes in (but do we really care?) as long as we can see it.
I live in an area where I can receive reasonably good analog television reception with a rooftop antenna. I also have regular cable and do not want to lock myself into either a Dish contract or Digital cable. I can juggle between the antenna and cable feeds with an a/b switch and have one coaxial input into my current analog TV.
I understand that HDTV content is still somewhat sparse but is available for Baseball games and Monday football. Many of those programs would be available over the antenna.
We were looking at getting a Samsung HD Tuner S451 first and then upgrading to a good monitor once the prices come down some more.
My concern is that if we buy a tuner we would not be able to still view regular cable programs, of course still in analog standard, and only be able to watch the over the air digital channels. When we ask the big box store salesman, they all tell us that there are no tuners which would allow for reception of analog cable programs. I understand that I need a digital cable tuner for cable HDTV programs. I just don't want to loose the ability to watch the analog, regular cable programs.
I am not sure whether the tuners will only allow for over the air digital tv or whether the big box stores, which are pushing cable companies or dish networks, have a conflict of interest.
Do some HD tuners allow one to view analog cable on a HD monitor and others not?