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Need advice w/analog cable

Ruark
12-06-2007, 12:42 PM
My wife and I are getting ready to get an HDTV, which will be the Samsung 4071 or 4671. While I'm fairly tech-savvy, we're both new to HD technology. Our question revolves around our cable connection: we're 30 miles out of Austin, Texas, and have TW basic cable. That's "basic," as in analog, and about 20 channels.

We do NOT do video games, nor are we into high-end audio. This is just for broadcast TV-watching and for watching rented movies.

What can we expect from this TV by just directly hooking up the cable? For example, according to the TV Schedules, many prime time major network programs (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) are broadcast in HD. Does that mean we'll actually get those programs in HD, or will we need some kind of set top box or something?

We're trying to avoid getting caught up in some endless game of, "well, to use this feature, you need to buy this...".

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Ruark

deadhead68
12-06-2007, 01:36 PM
My wife and I are getting ready to get an HDTV, which will be the Samsung 4071 or 4671. While I'm fairly tech-savvy, we're both new to HD technology. Our question revolves around our cable connection: we're 30 miles out of Austin, Texas, and have TW basic cable. That's "basic," as in analog, and about 20 channels.

We do NOT do video games, nor are we into high-end audio. This is just for broadcast TV-watching and for watching rented movies.

What can we expect from this TV by just directly hooking up the cable? For example, according to the TV Schedules, many prime time major network programs (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) are broadcast in HD. Does that mean we'll actually get those programs in HD, or will we need some kind of set top box or something?

We're trying to avoid getting caught up in some endless game of, "well, to use this feature, you need to buy this...".

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Ruark

If your local cable company is like Comcast here in Chicago, if your new TV has a QAM tuner built in you will be able to get your locals in HD. You will not need a box from them.

DeadHead68

Ruark
12-06-2007, 01:56 PM
If your local cable company is like Comcast here in Chicago, if your new TV has a QAM tuner built in you will be able to get your locals in HD. You will not need a box from them.

DeadHead68

Thanks. These models have a built-in ATSC and QAM tuner. We are familiar with neither.

Keep in mind, I'm asking about the network broadcasts on the REGULAR cable channels, not special "HD channels."

Really appreciate your patience with us newbies...

Ruark

waterfront918
12-06-2007, 02:30 PM
Thanks. These models have a built-in ATSC and QAM tuner. We are familiar with neither.


What he meant was your HDTV are able to receive HD signal.

Your's are similar to mine. Here is what I am going to do

I had my directional antenna up on my roof to receive free HD like ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX ... major networks.

Secondly, I will buy a upconverter box about $60 which will be available early 2008. We can get a $40 coupon.

Check this out

WWW
twice dot com/
article/
CA6487995

they won't let me send link. You need to put them together.

Every household could get 2 coupons. I am going to buy one first to see if it will boost my old cable box.
If it doesn't work, I'll hook it up to my old TV.
Any coupon question, go to google, you'll get tons of info.

Hope it helps. I am new too. Just do a few weeks of research. Correct me if I made any booboo !

deadhead68
12-06-2007, 02:53 PM
Thanks. These models have a built-in ATSC and QAM tuner. We are familiar with neither.

Keep in mind, I'm asking about the network broadcasts on the REGULAR cable channels, not special "HD channels."

Really appreciate your patience with us newbies...

Ruark

That's correct. You will get your locals in HD, if they are broadcasting in HD. ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.

DeadHead68

deadhead68
12-06-2007, 02:56 PM
What he meant was your HDTV are able to receive HD signal.

Your's are similar to mine. Here is what I am going to do

I had my directional antenna up on my roof to receive free HD like ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX ... major networks.

Secondly, I will buy a upconverter box about $60 which will be available early 2008. We can get a $40 coupon.

Check this out

WWW
twice dot com/
article/
CA6487995

they won't let me send link. You need to put them together.

Every household could get 2 coupons. I am going to buy one first to see if it will boost my old cable box.
If it doesn't work, I'll hook it up to my old TV.
Any coupon question, go to google, you'll get tons of info.

Hope it helps. I am new too. Just do a few weeks of research. Correct me if I made any booboo !

I was under the impression the OP was interested to know if he would get the locals in HD via his analog cable from Time Warner. Not OTA. Question, why do you need an "upconverter box"?

DeadHead68