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Newbie Question

02-12-2006, 08:34 PM
I am fairly new to this HD and still a little confused..

I have a CRT-HDTV with a built-in digital tuner with an indoor antenna. I'm amazed at how much better the picture is than regular TV. I have a regular directv reciever hooked up with the S-video and optical audio. My TV has a componet video input but no HDMI. I would like to upgrade to a HD-DVR but from what I've read componet is analog and HDMI is digital. If i upgrade would I see a big enough difference on the HD channels like ESPN and HBO than the regular channels to justify paying $600 for the upgrade?
Thank you in advance.

02-12-2006, 09:04 PM
You can use the componant connection. They work fine with digital. Your PQ should be fine.

02-12-2006, 09:19 PM
Also you probably will have to get a new 3 lnb dish to get ESPN HD and HBO HD and sign up the HD package.

02-13-2006, 07:43 AM
Or you can get a 5 LNB dish, if you want it. If you are getting all your locals in good through the OTA, though, you may not want to pay the extra money, IF the 5 LNB costs more.

Depending on your TV, receiver, STB, etc., some displays may even look better with component. Don't put too much stock in the whole analog-digital argument. You will definitely see a much better picture, even without HDMI.

02-13-2006, 07:45 AM
One added note, the HD-DVR currently out will not take advantage of any of the local channels offered by the 5 LNB dish. The new HD-DVR is due out mid-year. Again, this may not be a concern for you if you have a good OTA antenna.

02-14-2006, 07:42 PM
Thanks for the input. I called Directv and they said that the local HD channels for my area will be available this spring. I am going to wait until then and get the 5 lnb dish so I won't have to upgrade twice. My
OTA is good but I have to keep adjusting it when I change channels.

02-16-2006, 12:43 AM
If you can get locals OTA, you get better quality & it's free... the one time cost of an antenna is soon made up with sat fees. You just need a better antenna...