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Plasma Display vs. Plasma TV

by PlasmaFan / November 30, 2004 3:32 AM PST

I am researching to buy a plasma display or TV. I am currently subscribed to dishnetwork (satellite tv) and would like to know if I can hook up a satellite receiver box (or cable tv box) directly to a plasma display? I am considering this option to avoid the high cost of plasma TVs. Any recommendations? Do I need to purchase any additional items?

PS: I am considering the SonyPFM-42V1

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Re: Plasma Display vs. Plasma TV
by cutty / November 30, 2004 5:33 PM PST

Hi Plasma Fan,

My parents recently remodled their home and put in full surround throughtout the house as well as in a media room. When it came down to deciding the t.v., Plasma was first on our minds. Since a professional installed surround in the media room, we opted for a Pioneer Plasma display. The plasma display cost around $3,000 and is so worth it. The clarity is excellent and satellite, I feel is the best option. If getting a Plasma, buy a Pioneer and get make sure it is HD ready. Good Luck Plasma Fan. Cutty

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Re: Plasma Display vs. Plasma TV
by THE_PUMA / December 1, 2004 2:29 AM PST

I am not sure of the difference you are inferring between plasma TVs and displays???

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Re: Plasma Display vs. Plasma TV
by Tidalcloud / December 4, 2004 12:12 AM PST

Hi Plasma Fan,

A display differs from a tv in that it does not include a tuner. Usually you can save a few bucks by purchasing a display over a tv. Your DirecTV box or DirecTV Tivo box is your tuner in this case and so you may not need one.
A good test to determine if you would ever need a tuner is to ask yourself if you would ever need to change the channel on the set itself. If the answer is "not" then you would not need a tuner. Directv has it's own tuner and you would be changing the channel on it - not the set. The set would simply be set to video 1, video 2 etc.

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Re: Plasma Display vs. Plasma TV
by User name / December 4, 2004 3:55 PM PST

The plasma screen we use has a built in tuner. I use it when some of the analog cable channels have poor reception through the cable box. (Cox Cable installer tip). If I ever move to a better over the air reception area, free HDTV is available. Is it worth the price? Probably not.

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Re: Plasma Display vs. Plasma TV
by Gaddaoo / May 22, 2014 5:55 AM PDT

"A good test to determine if you would ever need a tuner is to ask yourself if you would ever need to change the channel on the set itself". I guess that says it all for the 21st century TV viewing.

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