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So confused about my HD ready TV

by apresmode / January 1, 2009 8:48 AM PST


I have been given an HD ready TV by a friend of mine.

I think it only has an NTSC tuner in it, and with the digital broadcasting switch coming soon I'd like to get it ready as well as take advantage of the HD option. I do not have Cable or Satellite, and don't really plan on getting it. I'm confused, and hoping that someone can help tell me what I need to have everything ready. I'm really not this dumb, but I just can't seem to understand all of this.

My understanding or attempted understanding is I need an HD Tuner and an HD Antenna, and then I can have HDTV and not be screwed in February. Someone told me I just need an HD Antenna with a regular digital converter box. I don't think that's true, but it would be nice to save some money.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Oh, and I know I don't need HD for the digital switch. I would just really like it.


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That someone is telling you the truth.
by ahtoi / January 1, 2009 5:27 PM PST

That is one of the way of doing it (saving money as well). Of course digital tuner is another way to go if that's you choice.

As for the antenna, there are no difference between HD/digital and the regular antenna; I believe most if not all tv broadcasting will be in the UHF frequency range. So a nice uhf antenna will do fine.

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It depends on whether . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 1, 2009 9:17 PM PST

you want to watch HD TV or SD TV. That TV has component, (Y, pB, pR) inputs for HD signals. It also has SD TV inputs. So the choice is yours. Digital converter boxes come in two flavors. Output SD for plain old TV, or upgrade to an HD tuner with HD outputs. Price range is almost free if you have the coupon, or above a hundred bucks for HD output.

The antenna is your choice also. If your current antenna is receiving analog broadcasting now, it'll receive digital when the switch is thrown. I'm not talking about rabbit ears. You need a rooftop antenna.

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