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Old 11-13-02, 12:56 PM
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Question about HD

I am going to be getting a new tv pretty soon. I still waffle back and forth on getting a 16x9 set or 4x3 set.

Anyway, Im not sure if i will get the hd receiver yet or not. My local channels are brodcasting quite a bit of HD now so that is not an issue.

I have Dish Network and all my channels come in very clear. In order to get the HD signal you need to get an antenna.

How much could this improve in quality. I guess i just cant understand how getting a broadcast from an antenna could be better than the digital quality i get now.

I am new to the HD world so all this can be overwhelming. Everytime I think i have it figured out, there is something else you have to buy to get the signal.
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Old 11-13-02, 01:06 PM
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The broadcasts that you pull in with an antenna are digital and the quality will blow away standard definition Dish quality.
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Old 11-13-02, 01:27 PM
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Im sure it does, it just seems hard to believe.

Lets see if im on the right track here now. In order to get the HD signal I will need:

HDTV - thats the easy part.

Receiver (I have Dish Network, so I need the 6000. Will it just replace my old receiver or do I need them both?)

Antenna - I have read where simple rabbit ears will work depending on how far you live from the signal. True?

I have no desire to get the HD programming offered by dish (HBO, Showtime, etc.) If you wanted them, you need another dish and a few other gadgets, right?

Is there anything else needed to receive a HD signal.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-13-02, 01:40 PM
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Actually, if you just want to receive the OTA HD signals, you can skip getting a new Dish box and get a stand alone HD tuner. You should be able to find something like the Samsung SIR-T150 or T151 for a lot cheaper than a new Dish receiver.

The antenna depends on where you live.. If you're close to the towers you could probably get great reception with just a set top antenna like the radio shack double bow tie. If the signal isn't that strong you'll need a better antenna - check out www.antennaweb.org to see at least a general idea of what you'll be able to receive.
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Old 11-13-02, 01:41 PM
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What kind of TV do you have now?
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Old 11-13-02, 01:56 PM
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Thanks for the info, Icculus.

I am going to be replacing a piece of crap 27 inch GE. I have a 60 inch downstairs hooked up to full surround sound.

I have been struggling with 16x9 or 4x3 because i will be viewing satellite programming most of the time. I was leaning 4x3 because i didnt plan on viewing HD content. I thought i was going to need a new receiver, antenna and some other junk to receive a hd signal.

I didnt know that all i would need is a tuner to recieve ota broadcasts. I think that tilts me back to the 16x9 set.

thanks again.
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Old 11-13-02, 02:32 PM
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Actually, I was able to find the dish receiver a lot cheaper. It lists 299.00 at this site. http://www.allsat.com/6022.shtml

That looks like a good deal, maybe too good. Anyone know anything about them.
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Old 11-13-02, 02:35 PM
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Actually, I was able to find the dish receiver a lot cheaper. It lists 299.00 at this site. http://www.allsat.com/6022.shtml

That looks like a good deal, maybe too good. Anyone know anything about them.
Yes, but you are not a new sub.

I strongly suggest going for the 16x9 set. Don't think about what you will be watching when you get the set. Think about the material you will be watching in 2-3 years.

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