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HDTV Tuners + regular cable.

by TomNee / November 19, 2005 3:17 AM PST

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?

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Let put it this way...
by Art / November 19, 2005 5:03 PM PST

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.

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by masterying01 / November 19, 2005 5:14 PM PST

if you're going to wait until the prices drop down..then here is a few suggestions

1.) most new tv's will already have a built in HD tuner that is able to pull in both digital AND analog signal off the air. there is actually very little, if difference in the price of tv's that have and dont have hd tuners so u dont need the samsung hd tuner.

2.) most hd tv's with hd tuners built in will have a dedicated line for NTSC/ATSC tuner, and a seperate tuner for cable so you dont have to worry about that either. you can switch over accordingly.

bottomline, with the amount of tv's out there right now that comes with hd tuners in them...and with the prices so really dont need to shell out extra money for an ATSC tuner.

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Why waste money on a over the air tuner?
by stewart norrie / November 21, 2005 8:27 AM PST

I have the Dish 811 hi-def sat system And its awsome I pay $45.00 per month for basic.hi-def ackage, and voom. It also has an awsome over the air hi-def tuner I receive 19 local digital channels 9 of which are in hi-def, I use the d.v.i. output to the t.v. and optical audio out for my 5.1 sound and the picture and sound are beyond belief

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