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Old 01-06-03, 08:57 AM
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HDTV Recevier - Best Price/Worth It?

I am looking to invest into an HD Receiver/Convertor for my HDTV. What is the best one to get and the best prices??? Are they really worth it also?
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Old 01-06-03, 09:03 AM
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If you can get an OTA HDTV signal or have DSS or Cable that delivers it, yes it is worth it.

What kind of TV do you have?

Here are some receivers:

http://ww2.onecall.com/CID_94.htm
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Old 01-06-03, 09:25 AM
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I have a Mits 55" HDTV....i think it's the odler model...not positive of the model # since i am at work. I also have Comcast as my cable provider which offers digital/HD broadcasts.

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CES is coming up soon. I'd wait to see what's introduced there before buying now. Plus the prices on older models might drop if new models are announced at CES. For example, it's likely there will be at least 2 models of HD PVRs at CES - right now it's not easy to time-shift HD.

On the other hand, CBS has all of its remaining NFL playoff games in HD and you don't want to miss that if you're an NFL fan. And ABC will have the Superbowl in HD too.

Sorry, not much help, huh?! Tough choice. But it's definitely worth it, esp. if most of the shows you watch are HD.
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Originally posted by DJ_Longfellow
I have a Mits 55" HDTV....i think it's the odler model...not positive of the model # since i am at work. I also have Comcast as my cable provider which offers digital/HD broadcasts.
Do they offer an hdtv box?
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Old 01-06-03, 10:02 AM
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Originally posted by Brian Shannon
Do they offer an hdtv box?
I'm not sure if they do....i have yet to ask. It was never really a BIG concern for me i guess. I'm always curious about upgrading my stuff though. I watched an NFL game in HD the other day at my cousins house...pretty nice. Just not sure if i would get THAT much use out of it for around $500-700?!?!
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Old 01-06-03, 01:47 PM
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Originally posted by DJ_Longfellow
I watched an NFL game in HD the other day at my cousins house...pretty nice
Are you sure about that? It was either taped from 1+ years ago or you were watching Fox's Enhanced Widescreen 480p. The NFL HD games start this weekend on CBS.
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Are you sure about that? It was either taped from 1+ years ago or you were watching Fox's Enhanced Widescreen 480p. The NFL HD games start this weekend on CBS.
It ws in HighDef, but it wasn't Widescreen. It's one of the HighDef channels comcasts broadcasts....you could tell the difference because he switched back and forth between the two.
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Originally posted by DJ_Longfellow
It ws in HighDef, but it wasn't Widescreen. It's one of the HighDef channels comcasts broadcasts....you could tell the difference because he switched back and forth between the two.
It was probably a digital broadcast from Comcast. HD format is 16:9 Widescreen. Furthermore, a mobile HD production crew would have to be at the Football game filming it in HD which didn't happen.

NFL 2003 HD Schedule:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=204614

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http://www.asemhd.tv/IntC.asp
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Originally posted by bmello
It was probably a digital broadcast from Comcast. HD format is 16:9 Widescreen. Furthermore, a mobile HD production crew would have to be at the Football game filming it in HD which didn't happen.

NFL 2003 HD Schedule:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=204614

HD Mobile Production Truck:

http://www.asemhd.tv/IntC.asp
Ok, it was just digital...sorry, my mistake. Still looked a helluva lot better than your basica cable channel
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HDTV Tivo announcement being made at CES on Thursday. Stay tuned.
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Damn... I am going to have to spend a lot of money soon.

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I fear we'll be seeing $999-$1500 HDTivo prices in the near future, and that's too much for the general public.

One of the drawbacks is that you need roughly 9GB for each hour of HDTV content, so you'll need some monster hard drive storage to get up the recording times that people are used to with conventional TV recording (1GB/hour). We may see some breakthrough in compression algorithms to shrink down the storage demands, but it's still going to require large hard drives.

300GB HDs would hold a bit over 30 hours of HDTV...mmmm....
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