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Sony KDF-E50A10 Q's

jewels52
05-14-2006, 09:43 AM
Just got my new Sony KDF-E50A10 RPLCD HDTV:

1) I've read a few threads about Cable Card problems. Anybody have good experiences with a CC on this set? Is CC a newer technology and they just haven't worked out the bugs yet?

2) The manual says this TV displays every thing and all signals in 1280x720 resolution (HD). Does this just mean that if it gets a non-HD signal, it will upconvert it to this HD resolution?

Thanks, Eric

stchman
05-15-2006, 12:18 PM
Just got my new Sony KDF-E50A10 RPLCD HDTV:

1) I've read a few threads about Cable Card problems. Anybody have good experiences with a CC on this set? Is CC a newer technology and they just haven't worked out the bugs yet?

2) The manual says this TV displays every thing and all signals in 1280x720 resolution (HD). Does this just mean that if it gets a non-HD signal, it will upconvert it to this HD resolution?

Thanks, Eric
I would avoid cable cards. All they do is let your built-in ATSC tuner decode thier channels. What happens a lot is you lose functionality and such. Here in St. Louis Charter has what is called video on demand. Using the cable card you cannot get to that function. Also, a few OTA stations here have multiple channels. If you use a cable card then you lose that functionality as well. Not to mention, they charge you the same rental price. Now if your TV has a built in DVR then you will need to use the cable card to record programming.

daleb
05-15-2006, 12:25 PM
Agreed, cards are probably more trouble than they are worth, for the cost. It seemed like a 'cool solution' when they first came out. But the flexibility offered by an STB and especially a DVR receiver wins out every time.
Last generation of Sony's had some problems, I think they were all fixed since the A10s, SXRDs, etc. came out.

dels28
05-15-2006, 05:27 PM
Agreed, cards are probably more trouble than they are worth, for the cost. It seemed like a 'cool solution' when they first came out. But the flexibility offered by an STB and especially a DVR receiver wins out every time.
Last generation of Sony's had some problems, I think they were all fixed since the A10s, SXRDs, etc. came out.

I guess it all depends where you live. In my area, CC is provided free. You will lose the features provided by Comcast, VOD, and Program guide. Those are the only two features you definitly will lose. Also, if you want DVR function, don't get the card.PPV is a little inconvinient because you must call it in(providing you use this feature). In terms of losing the Multiple channels, as long as you have an OTA you get those channels, and all TV's I know of with CC access have a built in ATSC tuner. In my market, those multiple channels are rebroadcasted by calbe anyway. In terms of upconversion, standard def will never be HD. If you are use to watching HD, SD will look terrible. There are certain SD channels that look good and others like regular ESPN that always look bad.