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A weird situation for buying HDTV. Please please help

rock2rocku
09-30-2005, 09:45 AM
Hello people,
I have a weird situation and need your advice on the best course of action.
I am moving into an apartment complex that has its own satellite tv(dish) and will transmit the top 60 plus the 5 hbo and an international package.
Now since I will not be a direct subscriber will a HDTV do me any good. In this scenario for me to receive HD channels , what do I do?

I am considering one of these four tvs, please let me know what is good for my weird case.
1. Panasonic CT-WX2615
2. Samsung TX-R2765
3. Samsung TXR2678WH
4. Philips 30PW8420/8402 Refurb
Please advise me. The dish network tech guy dint know how I cud get HD if i was not directly subscribing and the apt guy doesnt know anything abt HD channels.
Thanks

lancejustice
09-30-2005, 12:27 PM
If they have HD service, you should be able to acquire it and open an acct under your name. You would only pay for the services beyond the bulk stuff you get.

rock2rocku
09-30-2005, 12:45 PM
thanks lance, hopefully that shd go through. In such a case, if i buy a HDTV with an inbuilt tuner would it suffice or would i be better off purchasing a monitor and a seperate box from dish

LordGamer
09-30-2005, 02:22 PM
You may be able to pick up over the air HD broadcasts from your local stations, but the reception may not be the best quality.

lancejustice
09-30-2005, 02:34 PM
Yeah over-air would not be good unless you had an antenna. I would say go with an hd box from your provider, that would be the best way. Not the least expensive, but this way, they are responsible for your reception, so if it doesn't work, dump it in their lap.

rock2rocku
09-30-2005, 03:06 PM
Thank you guys,
Suddenly feeling much better abt the whole thing. Lot of clarity now. Looking for a HD monitor within 700 preferably Panasonic. Sams has a great deal but san jose, ca has no sams. Darn. Will be on the lookout though till the date i move and will get the best possible size for the budget. Thanks.

jontpt
09-30-2005, 07:28 PM
If you're down that way, check out ebay for a Toshiba 26HF15 - AuctionDrop is selling a ton of them for around $200. I just got one - works great. You'll save a ton of money...

Christopher770
09-30-2005, 07:44 PM
Seems to me that the HD signal is there as long as you have the receiver to receive it. Meaning, if your TV has the HD Tuner built in (or the one you want to purchase) or if your Sattllite Cable BOx is a HD Tuner, then you should get the HD Signal. Now, if you need no box and hook directly to the wall, then I dont think you would get HD.

That being said, I personally would look beyond my life at the APT complex and make my decision accordingly. The TV will last your 10+ years.

rbinck
09-30-2005, 07:47 PM
Be careful with Ebay. Most purchases are warrantee free. That is no warrantee.

Emsurfer
09-30-2005, 09:43 PM
Hello people,
I have a weird situation and need your advice on the best course of action.
I am moving into an apartment complex that has its own satellite tv(dish) and will transmit the top 60 plus the 5 hbo and an international package.
Now since I will not be a direct subscriber will a HDTV do me any good. In this scenario for me to receive HD channels , what do I do?

I am considering one of these four tvs, please let me know what is good for my weird case.
1. Panasonic CT-WX2615
2. Samsung TX-R2765
3. Samsung TXR2678WH
4. Philips 30PW8420/8402 Refurb
Please advise me. The dish network tech guy dint know how I cud get HD if i was not directly subscribing and the apt guy doesnt know anything abt HD channels.
Thanks

Agree with what's been said thus far. No need for QAM or ATSC HD tuner. You should be able to lease a HD box from Dish and pay for the additional HD service as mentioned. As for the TVs listed, go with the Panasonic and consider the CT-30WX15. The picture, color, and reliability is superb. I think you will enjoy the increased screen size better.
:eek:

rock2rocku
09-30-2005, 10:32 PM
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and warnings.
Christopher, yeah I guess from the advice of all the people, I have more or less decided to get a HDTV monitor and then look for the best deals on the Panasonic, either 26 or 30.

Emsurfer, I read a few of your posts and this issue of Panasonic really intrigues me. I am moving to San Jose on Oct 18 and it is really a pity that we dont have a Sams club in the area. the 30WC goes for 599 and the 26Wx in bb/cc goes for 569! How does frys compare to bb/cc. Are there any other places where I cud keep an eye out for the Panny.
Please do reply and thanks a lot for all your posts.

jontpt
10-01-2005, 01:56 PM
I got a two year warranty from Squaretrade.com for $30. Full coverage - if it breaks they replace the set or refund your money. Pretty good deal.

Emsurfer
10-02-2005, 01:38 AM
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and warnings.
Christopher, yeah I guess from the advice of all the people, I have more or less decided to get a HDTV monitor and then look for the best deals on the Panasonic, either 26 or 30.

Emsurfer, I read a few of your posts and this issue of Panasonic really intrigues me. I am moving to San Jose on Oct 18 and it is really a pity that we dont have a Sams club in the area. the 30WC goes for 599 and the 26Wx in bb/cc goes for 569! How does frys compare to bb/cc. Are there any other places where I cud keep an eye out for the Panny.
Please do reply and thanks a lot for all your posts.

Fry's in San Jose has a huge inventory on TVs but their prices are no better than BB or CC. I would check on-line. But Sam's Club still has that sweet deal on the Panasonic CT30WC15 though. Closest one to SJ is in East Bay about 50 minutes away. I replied to your other thread regarding LCDs as well.
:eek:

jontpt
10-03-2005, 11:53 AM
Be careful with Ebay. Most purchases are warrantee free. That is no warrantee.

I got one for $30 - full coverage for two years. Not bad...

rbinck
10-03-2005, 12:10 PM
Right, you can get 3rd party warrantees if you realize the factory warrantee is no good for eBay purchases. That is what I was warning about.

As far as getting a separate dish receiver, you should be careful that it will work. What I got from the original post is the apartments have an in house cable system that gets the source from satellite. These systems are simular to the systems in hotels and motels where they have a bank of satellite receivers and modulate the outputs onto a cable. If this is the case, you won't be able to connect to the dish directly and the satellite receiver would do no good.

If you have a patio or balcony that faces the south, you could have your own dish installed provided it has a clear shot at the birds. A satellite system installer could tell you if you could get service or not.

rock2rocku
10-03-2005, 01:19 PM
Right, you can get 3rd party warrantees if you realize the factory warrantee is no good for eBay purchases. That is what I was warning about.

As far as getting a separate dish receiver, you should be careful that it will work. What I got from the original post is the apartments have an in house cable system that gets the source from satellite. These systems are simular to the systems in hotels and motels where they have a bank of satellite receivers and modulate the outputs onto a cable. If this is the case, you won't be able to connect to the dish directly and the satellite receiver would do no good.

If you have a patio or balcony that faces the south, you could have your own dish installed provided it has a clear shot at the birds. A satellite system installer could tell you if you could get service or not.


Hello rbinck,
This is the exact system that I have at the apartment. It is similar to the hotels and motels system. And my apt is facing the north... So if I got you right, there are no chances of me getting the HD versions of the channels that they are already transmitting through their in house service. So i would have to take either a fresh connection from directv or dish network to avail of this service. That is no good. Well thats bad news for me

rock2rocku
10-03-2005, 01:21 PM
Fry's in San Jose has a huge inventory on TVs but their prices are no better than BB or CC. I would check on-line. But Sam's Club still has that sweet deal on the Panasonic CT30WC15 though. Closest one to SJ is in East Bay about 50 minutes away. I replied to your other thread regarding LCDs as well.
:eek:
Thanks for the info Emsurfer.