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by parpetrate / March 21, 2007 9:08 AM PDT

I'm about to buy an LCD-TV which is capable of showing programs in HD. I know only that that won't happen unless I get other stuff, such as cables, HDMI (whatever that is), etc. and without paying more to the cable company. What do I need and how much will it cost?
Thanks for any help

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If you want HD then..
by givemeaname / March 21, 2007 9:27 AM PDT

Only two ways to Get HD: Paying more to the cable/Sat company for the HD package &/OR OTA annenta.

A med sized annenta about $50-80
mast: depening on where you live you will need 5'-20'. 5' section = $12 10' section $17
Rotor $80
75ft 3-wire $9
Ground $5
30ft coxal cable $15 about
10ft coxal cable $10 (for grounding)
Maybe a Amplifier $30-60

RadioShack online has all the stuff at good prices. the onething is the 3-wire, the cheaper 75ft one is hard to find on there site, they have a 2nd 100ft one for $20.

& after all that you may only get a handfull of HD channels Happy

HDMI cables $15 each at

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No antenna
by parpetrate / March 21, 2007 9:42 AM PDT
In reply to: If you want HD then..

I'm not going to build an antenna. What I'm confused about is what it takes to allow me to use the HDTV capabilities of an LCD-TV. I'm willing to pay the cable company (reluctantly) and to buy the stuff I need to make this work. Can you tell me what additional stuff I need (HDMI cables, thank you) and approximate cost.


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$50 will get you an built antenna
by givemeaname / March 21, 2007 9:50 AM PDT
In reply to: No antenna

a HD DVR would be a +. I know at dishnetwork they cost $200 + $7 a month.

No one can recommended cables since we don't know what you own & the hook-ups they have.

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Besides cables
by givemeaname / March 21, 2007 9:42 AM PDT
In reply to: If you want HD then..

an upscaling DVD player is a must. $150

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Depending on..
by hyghwayman / March 21, 2007 9:28 AM PDT

Where you live, a good antenna is a must to receive OTA HD from your local stations. This is something you can even build yourself.

I built my own antenna and I'm getting 45 Digital channels, about half are in HD.
Here is a link for more info on building that antenna.
look at post #84, that is what mine looks like.


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My cost
by hyghwayman / March 21, 2007 9:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Depending on..

for my homemade antenna was $1.50 (yes one dollar and fifty cent).

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by stewart norrie / March 21, 2007 12:05 PM PDT

Its like buying a new car and dont want to put gas in it. Your new t.v. is useless unless you spend a few bucks for your hi-def sat or cable system Ok first the programming on over the air channels is mostly for brain dead folks. The hi-def package from your cable system is mindbending awsome programming Discovery h.d. theater alone is worth the extra money, T.N.T hd. net and movies have excellent programming as well as e.s.p.n. to name a few But I would go with Dish network and get there new 211 system cheaper and much more hi-def channels You can use an outside antenn do a digital scan and all your locals will go into the main menue this way onlya h.d.m.i. cable is needed You spent lots of money for your t.v. why not enjoy it? steweee

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