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New Here: Question About HD and Time Warner

tvick47
10-10-2010, 09:56 PM
Hello all, this is my first post and I have a couple of questions.


I recently bought a Samsung UN19C4000 which is a 19" LED TV that I am putting in my room.

I have Time Warner Digital cable, one DVR in my family room and one in my basement which is without a DVR.

However, when I plugged the coax from my wall into my new TV upstairs the picture looks absolutely terrible! I had a smaller tube TV plugged in and the picture looked fine even in standard definition. Now however it is really fuzzy and varies channel to channel.

What can I do to fix this? I don't really need all the channels that come with a new cable box, but at least the ones I get normally to look bearable. I really don't want another monthly fee especially to get a picture that looked fine before anyway.

I don't know if this is posted in the correct section but please move it if it's not.

Sooner Al
10-11-2010, 09:07 AM
In general analog SD channels may look pretty bad on a HDTV. Digital SD channels look better. HD channels look great. Have you tried scanning/rescanning on your new TV and seeing what HD channels are available. For example I have Cox and get the local ABC/CBS/CW/FOX/NBC channels in HD without a set top box on a 32 inch Sony HDTV I have in our family room. Any available digital SD channels look pretty good and the HD channels are great.

drock912001
10-13-2010, 11:43 PM
Do you have their HD package?Digital channels are not HD.

kcupery
10-16-2010, 05:50 AM
TW and the other cable companies would like to supress it, but the fact is that they are required by the FCC to distribute local channels in digital format, and in most cases that will be HD if the channel is HD. There should be a whole slew of digital channels (HD or not) available to any cable-ready set on your TW cable connection.

Note that TW does not list any of this in their channel line up, and many techs will say they have no responsibility for them. TW would much prefer to have you rent a TW box.

Jdmfreak811
01-09-2011, 07:53 PM
I also facing that trouble. I just bought a U55C8000 series LED 3D TV. I hook it up with coax cable and scan the channel. The picture looks horrible and there were no HD Local channels. I have an old plasma 32inch and that one has local HD and the picture looks great. Both uses coax cable coming from the same line. I don't know why that is? Any input? Thanks in advance

rbinck
01-10-2011, 01:10 PM
I also facing that trouble. I just bought a U55C8000 series LED 3D TV. I hook it up with coax cable and scan the channel. The picture looks horrible and there were no HD Local channels. I have an old plasma 32inch and that one has local HD and the picture looks great. Both uses coax cable coming from the same line. I don't know why that is? Any input? Thanks in advanceTo get HD cable channels it would require the TV to have a QAM tuner in addition to the ATSC/NTSC tuners. I don't think that TV has a QAM tuner and if that is the case you will need a cable box to receive HD channels.

ITALIAN926
01-10-2011, 09:01 PM
Per TigerDirect specs:
Input Video Signal: ATSC
QAM
NTSC

You need to make sure you are scanning for channels properly.

Bring the TV to a coax location in the house that you KNOW for sure has a good signal. See if it works properly elsewhere.

John_S_M
04-03-2011, 03:10 PM
Most smaller (read cheaper) HDTVs do not have an HD tuner in them. You'll need to get a box from your cable company.

Also, in many cases analog stations do look worse on an HD tv. Fact is that they are able to reproduce the imperfections of the signal that your standard def tv was not.

videobruce
05-01-2011, 02:16 PM
Most smaller (read cheaper) HDTVs do not have an HD tuner in them. That was true five + years ago, but not now.TW would much prefer to have you rent a TW box. Also, in many cases analog stations do look worse on an HD tv. Fact is that they are able to reproduce the imperfections of the signal that your standard def tv was not.Now that is true.