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HDTV and Std TV combo -- can I do both?

jackat756
08-10-2004, 03:28 PM
I'm new to this whole thing so hopeully this isn't a stupid question. I want to expand my home theatre by installing a projector and retractable screen for sporting events/movies/etc. I'd like this to be in HDTV, but still have a couple good years I'd like to get out of my 43" flat front Sony "old TV".

My question is this: CAN I SUBSCRIBE TO BOTH STD FORMAT AND HD FORMAT VIA DIRECTV AND RECEIVE THE STD PROGRAMMING THRU THE TV WHEN I'M WATCHING IT WHILE RECEIVING THE HD FORMAT ON THE PROJECTOR/BIG SCREEN WHEN I'M WATCHING IT INSTEAD?

Thanks for your help!

Micmax
08-10-2004, 03:37 PM
Sure. Just to get things clear...you want to keep your old TV in the room when you put in your new projector? And you want to be able to watch (possibly simutaneously) SD on your old TV while watching HD on your projector?

If this is your question, sure. You will simply hook up an HD receiver to your projector, and keep your normal satellite receiver for your old Sony. That will require running an extra coax wire into your room.

I hope I answered your question. If not, try again.

jackat756
08-10-2004, 04:23 PM
Pretty much. Wouldn't watch both simultaneously. Just don't want to have to invest in a HDTV tv set just yet. The "old tv" would be continued to be used for most watching (kids, news, etc & etc), and then for sports and movies I'd want to be able to switch over to HD and the projector/big screen. Thanks for your help.

Micmax
08-10-2004, 10:08 PM
I'm glad I could help.

On a side note...there's nothing wrong with watching more than one TV at once, its not as foreign as you think. The kids can have their cartoons/movies on while you have sports on the other TV with no sound.

At one time, my dad had 6 TV's, all about 27-36", in our living room. While I confess that was going overboard (except on New Year's Day), multiple TV's is very practical. A lot of sports don't require constant attention (football, baseball, golf). Splitting your attention is very easy.

Women don't like multiple TV's because it can spoil a nicely decorated living room. But if you can do it with some class and convince them of its practicality, it may work.

rbinck
08-11-2004, 01:10 PM
Also I'll add that most HD Directv receivers will have an output that you can connect your old SD TV to in addition to the HD connections for your projector so they can be connected at the same time, no problem. In fact, most HD receivers still will have the RF output for an SD TV. The subscription with Directv is the same for the SD programming. The HD programming will be an extra charge of about $10 per month.