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New To HD, a few questions

10-03-2005, 09:14 PM
Hello everyone

I just bought an Akai pt4299hd. It says it is 1080i hdtv. Im not sure what that means. What else do I need in order to watch hd?

I have Dish network with local channels. Thanks

10-04-2005, 07:35 PM
Try posting this in the Flat Panel Forum since you have a Plasma TV...you're in the wrong section.

01-18-2006, 08:40 PM
Regardless that this is a Plasma TV, this question can be considered generic, because there are TV's of most all the various technologies that are labeled as HD-TV's.

What that designation means is that your TV is capable of displaying a High Definition signal. You will need to provide a signal source, such as a subscription to cable that has High Definition content, or one of the subscription Satellite services that provides High Definition content. There a far more channels in Standard Definition still, and most cable companies offer no more than 10 to 15 channels in High Definition.

If your TV has a built in ATSC tuner (not NTSC, which is surely does have), then with an Antenna (outside or inside depending on your location) attached to the antenna input on your TV you can scan for digital channels and pick up any local digital channels that may be broadcasting in High Definition. You may or may not be able to do this, as you need to be relatively close to the transmitter tower, say less than 50 miles away or so. If you have local channels that are broadcasting in the new Digital Standard, then they may or may not be broadcasting in High Definition. Usually it is the network shows from ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. that are in HiDef, the local advertisements and News, Weather, etc. are almost universally still in Standard Def.
All of your local channels will eventually be forced to stop broadcasting in Analog, and start broadcasting in Digital format. Many are doing both right now, on different frequencies. They are not required to provide a High Definition picture, though.