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Kudos to Direct TV - Best TV available in the world

josephan
09-26-2007, 11:19 AM
With all the false starts on the new HD channels, it has been disappointing until now. The HD movie channels look great and even the Weather Channel graphics are really impressive. We've come a long way from tuning in the rabbit ears with aluminum foil. Does anyone remember the horizontal and vertical hold knobs on the back? People complain about the Direct TV remote but it's still better than the old "clicker." Some people probably don't know why it was called a "clicker!" I guess I'm dating myself.

The new channels look great. All the HD with the Dolby digital is an amazing experience. I really feel I now have the best TV service known to man and I will be bragging (and trying to get the $50 referral credit) to all my friends about it. Congratulations to Direct! (Note to corporate ...don't increase the rates) Now I am off to the real world for eight hours or so .... Is the real world 1080i or what? ...the color seems better on TV!

Bango
09-26-2007, 11:23 AM
I must say I agree with you. I've had Dish network, Cox Cable and now DirecTV. I'm definately more pleased with DirecTV than either of my previous two providers. For the money, you get a lot of channels, and with all the HD content now available, and even more to come...Watching TV has become a great experience! I found myself watching a special on HD theatre not long ago...about Pygmi elephants...i could care less abotu pygmi elephants...but it looked so amazing...i couldn't stop watching!

SeymoreButts
09-26-2007, 11:23 AM
With all the false starts on the new HD channels, it has been disappointing until now. The HD movie channels look great and even the Weather Channel graphics are really impressive. We've come a long way from tuning in the rabbit ears with aluminum foil. Does anyone remember the horizontal and vertical hold knobs on the back? People complain about the Direct TV remote but it's still better than the old "clicker." Some people probably don't know why it was called a "clicker!" I guess I'm dating myself.

The new channels look great. All the HD with the Dolby digital is an amazing experience. I really feel I now have the best TV service known to man and I will be bragging (and trying to get the $50 referral credit) to all my friends about it. Congratulations to Direct! (Note to corporate ...don't increase the rates) Now I am off to the real world for eight hours or so .... Is the real world 1080i or what? ...the color seems better on TV!

LMFAO:lol: :lol: :lol:

CACougar
09-26-2007, 02:17 PM
With all the false starts on the new HD channels, it has been disappointing until now. The HD movie channels look great and even the Weather Channel graphics are really impressive. We've come a long way from tuning in the rabbit ears with aluminum foil. Does anyone remember the horizontal and vertical hold knobs on the back? People complain about the Direct TV remote but it's still better than the old "clicker." Some people probably don't know why it was called a "clicker!" I guess I'm dating myself.

The new channels look great. All the HD with the Dolby digital is an amazing experience. I really feel I now have the best TV service known to man and I will be bragging (and trying to get the $50 referral credit) to all my friends about it. Congratulations to Direct! (Note to corporate ...don't increase the rates) Now I am off to the real world for eight hours or so .... Is the real world 1080i or what? ...the color seems better on TV!

I totally remember the foil on the rabbit ears and vertical and horizontal controls and having to walk to the tv to adjust constantly. And be careful not to adjust the tint or hue buttons by mistake. I also remember upgrading to an outdoor antenna and having to turn it while my older brother yelled out the window...'back the other way, slowly, now the other way...hold it..no back again...ok..a little more...good. Don't touch it!' On Saturday mornings I used to watch the signal pattern patiently waiting till 7:15 AM to hear the Star Spangled Banner which meant it was time to watch cartoons. I forget tv only used to broadcast between 7am and 2am and we only had 6 channels. I also had to stay up late to watch the Benny Hill show so I could see cleavage. You kids have it so great with HBO, MTV and well just about any channel and in HD too. Okay...I'm digressing...sheesh. :busy:

mystic7
09-26-2007, 02:53 PM
At least josephan had a "clicker"! We had to walk across the room to "turn the dial" :) Thanks for the memory kick, though. I had forgotten that the horizontal and vertical controls were on the back!

carlos31820
09-26-2007, 02:54 PM
I forget tv only used to broadcast between 7am and 2am and we only had 6 channels.

And if the President was addressing the nation, you were screwed. He was on every channel. :thatsit

blank964
09-26-2007, 02:57 PM
I still remember having to use a hanger for an antenna and having to manually turn the channels. Hell, I didn't even have any type of cable until I was in seventh or eighth grade (and I'm a freshman in college). I can't wait until I get home (in a month) to see the HD channels.

Cronk
09-26-2007, 02:59 PM
i was hopinh someone would start a thread like this...i knew there would be people with complaints but for most of us this has been a great day, been watching a lot of big ten network today, looks incredible!

HDTVFreak
09-26-2007, 03:08 PM
I totally remember the foil on the rabbit ears and vertical and horizontal controls and having to walk to the tv to adjust constantly. And be careful not to adjust the tint or hue buttons by mistake. I also remember upgrading to an outdoor antenna and having to turn it while my older brother yelled out the window...'back the other way, slowly, now the other way...hold it..no back again...ok..a little more...good. Don't touch it!' On Saturday mornings I used to watch the signal pattern patiently waiting till 7:15 AM to hear the Star Spangled Banner which meant it was time to watch cartoons. I forget tv only used to broadcast between 7am and 2am and we only had 6 channels. I also had to stay up late to watch the Benny Hill show so I could see cleavage. You kids have it so great with HBO, MTV and well just about any channel and in HD too. Okay...I'm digressing...sheesh. :busy:

I remember everything including going to the tv set to change channels as well. Sometimes when you change channels, you've had to use the outer knob to fine tune. Boy, those were the days (but you're probably talking about some times before my time). I remember rotating the antenna to point towards a tower some 70 miles south of us (and over the hill) to receive NBC and watch CHiPS on Sunday nights.

tumblingdice03
09-26-2007, 03:19 PM
And heaven forbid the knob broke or you'd have to use needle nose pliers to turn the channel.........

HDTVFreak
09-26-2007, 03:37 PM
OH, by the way, when I said I was receiving channels some 70 miles south of us, the pictures would be snowy (but viewable... wasn't too bad). Every time an airplane flies over head, the pictures come in sharper and crystal clear! Too bad my parents removed their antenna but I took the antenna rotator. If they had kept the antenna, I would probably have bought them a new HDTV!

kyfann
09-26-2007, 03:39 PM
i remember my childhood growing up with philo farnsworth in utah.he was allways messing around with electronics.those were the days.

CorkyMuldoon
09-27-2007, 07:32 AM
I can still remember watching Bonanza in b&w. During the opening credits, one of my parents would invariably say, "This must be beautiful in color."

mystic7
09-27-2007, 08:07 AM
I remember everything including going to the tv set to change channels as well. Sometimes when you change channels, you've had to use the outer knob to fine tune. Boy, those were the days (but you're probably talking about some times before my time). I remember rotating the antenna to point towards a tower some 70 miles south of us (and over the hill) to receive NBC and watch CHiPS on Sunday nights.

Oh yeah, I'm talking waaaay before your time. Late 50's. Since you mentioned CHiPS that brings up the amazing fact that things didn't change much between the late 50's and mid-70's. I also remember the outer rotating knob you used to "fine tune" the picture :)

mystic7
09-27-2007, 08:09 AM
And heaven forbid the knob broke or you'd have to use needle nose pliers to turn the channel.........

And a flat head screwdriver to raise or lower the volume. I'll bet some 20-somethings on this board think we're making this stuff up, trying to outdo each other with ridiculous claims. It's all true, kids. :eek:

drbrosco
09-27-2007, 08:28 AM
With all the false starts on the new HD channels, it has been disappointing until now. The HD movie channels look great and even the Weather Channel graphics are really impressive. We've come a long way from tuning in the rabbit ears with aluminum foil. Does anyone remember the horizontal and vertical hold knobs on the back? People complain about the Direct TV remote but it's still better than the old "clicker." Some people probably don't know why it was called a "clicker!" I guess I'm dating myself.

those horizontal & vertical buttons were great, but you forgot about the main tuner we had on the older tv's...a hard FIST to the top of the TV...lol

stonedog23
09-27-2007, 09:06 AM
I remember everything including going to the tv set to change channels as well. Sometimes when you change channels, you've had to use the outer knob to fine tune. Boy, those were the days (but you're probably talking about some times before my time). I remember rotating the antenna to point towards a tower some 70 miles south of us (and over the hill) to receive NBC and watch CHiPS on Sunday nights.

Oooh Snap! You taking me waaay back with the fine tuning knob. I had totally forgotten about that!!!

Wasn't nothing like Different Strokes on a 12 inch B & W in my bedroom. The 19 inch color in the family room with the 10 channels of Cablevision( the predecessor to Time Warner in my city) was for the adults after a hard day's work. Of course I was the remote for the adults.

DrBrosco, I remember the hard fist, but only the adults were allowed to perform this delicate operation.

werinshades
09-27-2007, 10:12 AM
I like this thread...all the talk of outdoor antennas and everything. We couldn't use the CB on certain channels because it interfeered with Mom and Dad watching a certain program. Does anyone remember the beginning of Pay TV? It was called ON TV and required an outside antenna, an ON TV Box, and you were able to watch from 6 PM till 2AM..or something like that. For some strange reason, I remember these girls doing these exercises to music...LOL !!

TomLewandowski
09-27-2007, 10:26 AM
I remember watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan's show with a black & white set. My brother took Polaroid shots of the TV screen when they came on. We didn't update to color until later in the 1960's ... when I was around 11 or 12. I grew up in Detroit and we received VHF and UHF channels pretty well with an antenna. WKBD Channel 50 was my favorite Detroit channel back then. We never had a remote control; that was for those with money, like my uncle.

Cable was a luxury that we finally hooked into in 1980 -- Continental Cablevision. (I still remember the crappy service.) :(

Ummm...I still have a little 13-inch set with a fine-tuning knob. Can't give it up, and it still works. Built-in rabbit ears and all. Bought it when I left Detroit in the mid 80's. Hope my plasma set lasts as long.

They don't call them "TV sets" anymore, do they? :o

josephan
09-27-2007, 10:38 AM
Hey shades, I remember those girls but they were on regular TV. I think it was the late 70's or early 80's and it was on around 5:30am. The two girls would wear those polyester short shorts and then exercise almost inappropriately close to each other and the camera would shoot these low angles at just the right time. Yeh, those were the creative years of TV.

And thanks for those memories of the hue and tint wheel. I think on my black and white it was brightness and contrast and then came along the hue and tint. They were these plastic wheels that looked like little gears that stuck out at the bottom of the TV under the screen.

herkyjerk
09-27-2007, 10:43 AM
My parents first got cable in 82 or 83, I was 12 or 13. I remember watching Playboy through that squiggley line but with full audio. Now I'm chinese. Lucky my arm didn't fall off.

mystic7
09-27-2007, 10:46 AM
I remember watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan's show with a black & white set. My brother took Polaroid shots of the TV screen when they came on. We didn't update to color until later in the 1960's ... when I was around 11 or 12. I grew up in Detroit and we received VHF and UHF channels pretty well with an antenna. WKBD Channel 50 was my favorite Detroit channel back then. We never had a remote control; that was for those with money, like my uncle.

Cable was a luxury that we finally hooked into in 1980 -- Continental Cablevision. (I still remember the crappy service.) :(

Ummm...I still have a little 13-inch set with a fine-tuning knob. Can't give it up, and it still works. Built-in rabbit ears and all. Bought it when I left Detroit in the mid 80's. Hope my plasma set lasts as long.

They don't call them "TV sets" anymore, do they? :o

A lot of people our age claim they were at Woodstock or the Human Be-In, but one thing just about all of us really did experience was that first Beatles appearance on Sullivan (plus the one the following week and the one 2 weeks later live from "Miama Beach") ;)

Didn't matter if the Beatles were on or not, everybody's parents always watched Sullivan on Sunday night.

jmrife
09-27-2007, 01:20 PM
I, too, remember having to change the channels with a pair of pliers, but I splurged for locking pliers. They were semi-permanently attached to the front of my set for a long time.

Originally, on my father's early TVs, the technician would come to the house when something went wrong. First thing he did was take the back off the cabinet and look for burned out tubes. Then he would get in his kit and find a replacement tube.

Strange times.

The first remote I remember was wired into the front of the console. On/Off/Channel change only, if memory serves.

gwelmo
09-27-2007, 01:47 PM
Hi folks,

I have a quick question. I am currently a Comcast HD customer. I am seriously considering making the switch to DTV. Currently on my CC HD when I switch from HD to SD my TV automatically adjust the screen for the picture. SD is not in full screen. I get the black bars down the left and right side of the screen. My friend has DTV HD and when I was checking it out when I went from HD to SD the TV stayed in full screen mode. I did not like that. The picture was awful. Is this an issue with the TV or with the DTV box?

deadhead68
09-27-2007, 01:50 PM
Hi folks,

I have a quick question. I am currently a Comcast HD customer. I am seriously considering making the switch to DTV. Currently on my CC HD when I switch from HD to SD my TV automatically adjust the screen for the picture. SD is not in full screen. I get the black bars down the left and right side of the screen. My friend has DTV HD and when I was checking it out when I went from HD to SD the TV stayed in full screen mode. I did not like that. The picture was awful. Is this an issue with the TV or with the DTV box?

I hate that too. Your friend has his TV set to stretch SD.

DeadHead68

embrik
09-27-2007, 02:57 PM
Hi folks,

I have a quick question. I am currently a Comcast HD customer. I am seriously considering making the switch to DTV. Currently on my CC HD when I switch from HD to SD my TV automatically adjust the screen for the picture. SD is not in full screen. I get the black bars down the left and right side of the screen. My friend has DTV HD and when I was checking it out when I went from HD to SD the TV stayed in full screen mode. I did not like that. The picture was awful. Is this an issue with the TV or with the DTV box?

I also hate that. With the HDDVR, you can set that as a preference (to stretch everything SD or not), and you can manually toggle it with a button on the remote. When the installer hooked everything up, the first thing he did was set my DVR to stretch. And as soon as he left, the first thing I did was set it back. :)