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Old 07-29-06, 11:59 AM
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HDTV question

I was thinking about buying a new TV, but i don't know the differences in HDTV's. I want a HDTV but what is the difference between built in HDTV, and HDTV ready. I don't want to add any adapters to my tv, to get my hdtv, i want it right out of the box, what is the best choice for me?
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Old 07-29-06, 12:17 PM
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HDTV ready means it is capable of displaying the signals but needs the additional convertor/adapter piece. If you don't want an additional external piece get one with the HDTV tuner built in.
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Old 07-29-06, 02:15 PM
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So if the tv says HDTV built in, is that the one i want?
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Old 07-29-06, 02:35 PM
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Yes!!!
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Old 07-29-06, 05:45 PM
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Wouldn't that be different if you had an HD receiver from a sat company? I thought a built in tuner was basically for OTA broadcasts.
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Old 07-29-06, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Wouldn't that be different if you had an HD receiver from a sat company? I thought a built in tuner was basically for OTA broadcasts.
You're correct. A built-in tuner is only necessary if you're planning on viewing OTA broadcasts. If you're getting your HD through cable or satellite, an HD-Ready TV will do just fine...you just need to get a converter box from your cable or satellite company.
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Old 07-30-06, 12:09 AM
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Old 07-30-06, 04:01 AM
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"HDTV ready" originally meant that the tuner was built-in. Then you started seeing some companies use it to mean "HDTV compatible" (no tuner built-in) instead. What it means varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

AFAIK all new HDTVs that were manufactured after a certain point were required to have the tuner built in, so most of what you see in stores now have the tuner built in.
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