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Built-in HD TV Tuner question

06-14-2005, 11:51 AM

I am getting great deal on Samsung 56" (HLP5663W) at Costco. But it is just a monitor. I am not sure of benefits of having tuner built-in, reason being, now a days, when are we not going to have cable box or satelite network. And to receive HD broadcast from cable co. or satelite co., I will need HD TV tuner from respective co., correct?

So do I loose anything by just buying a HDTV monitor? and not having a built-in HDTV tuner?


06-14-2005, 12:06 PM
If youve got something that converts the signal, i.e. cable box, satellite receiver, no you dont need one. If all you want to receive are HD broadcast from OTA( rooftop antenna) then yes you would want one as this signal only goes your tv tuner.
This was my problem years ago and I forked over the $500 extra for the tuner but now Ive got a satellite receiver that converts the signal for me.

06-14-2005, 07:15 PM
Built in digital tuners with a CableCard slot can replace the external cable box, as well as pick up OTA broadcasts.

Most, if not all, digital broadcast stations are retransmitted over digital cable... and Sat STBs have a built in digital OTA tuner for locals... so you don't need an internal.