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Old 03-26-2006, 09:03 PM   #1  
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I am new to DTV. I have a plasma with no HD currently. The reason I dont have HD is that I am totaly confused on where to start. Should I go ahead and get the 2meg Hd boxes or wait for the 4meg boxes. should I get the local stations OTA? Any help would be greatly apprieciated.
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:37 PM   #2  
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I am new to DTV. I have a plasma with no HD currently. The reason I dont have HD is that I am totaly confused on where to start. Should I go ahead and get the 2meg Hd boxes or wait for the 4meg boxes. should I get the local stations OTA? Any help would be greatly apprieciated.
To really start helping, can you provide some more information?
TV (make,model), zip code so people can look up your proximity to local OTA transmissions on antennaweb.org, and current D* setup - dish type, etc.

From there we can really get started to help you.
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Old 03-26-2006, 11:05 PM   #3  
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I am new to DTV. I have a plasma with no HD currently. The reason I dont have HD is that I am totaly confused on where to start. Should I go ahead and get the 2meg Hd boxes or wait for the mpeg4 boxes. should I get the local stations OTA? Any help would be greatly apprieciated.
IF you can get locals OTA, it's a much better picture. You can use an H10 for that, and they are cheap on ebay.

You do not need an H20 if you can get the locals via antenna, plus DTV may not even have locals in HD in your market yet, anyway.

Until the time comes where other HD stations, non locals, require the new setup, I would recommend anyone moving to Mpeg4 if they can get them OTA with a good signal.
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Old 04-04-2006, 04:34 PM   #4  
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I'm expected to purchase a 26" LCD Flat-Panel HDTV-Ready TV and DIRECTV H20 HD Receiver later this year.

However, the Duluth/Superior Area has 5 Digital Subchannels.

But, Do you think I will get those local digital subchannels such as KBJR-DT2-"NORTHLAND 9" (Formally: "Northland UPN"), KBJR-DT3-NBC Weather Plus,
WDSE-DT2, WDSE-DT3 and WDSE-DT4-3 PBS Digtial Subchannels with my DIRECTV H20 Receiver and off-air HDTV Antenna?
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Old 04-04-2006, 04:43 PM   #5  
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I'm expected to purchase a 26" LCD Flat-Panel HDTV-Ready TV and DIRECTV H20 HD Receiver later this year.

However, the Duluth/Superior Area has 5 Digital Subchannels.

But, Do you think I will get those local digital subchannels such as KBJR-DT2-"NORTHLAND 9" (Formally: "Northland UPN"), KBJR-DT3-NBC Weather Plus,
WDSE-DT2, WDSE-DT3 and WDSE-DT4-3 PBS Digtial Subchannels with my DIRECTV H20 Receiver and off-air HDTV Antenna?
As long as you buy the right antenna and are within range you should get them with no problems.
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the Duluth/Superior Area has 5 Digital Subchannels.

But, Do you think I will get those local digital subchannels such as KBJR-DT2-"NORTHLAND 9" (Formally: "Northland UPN"), KBJR-DT3-NBC Weather Plus,
WDSE-DT2, WDSE-DT3 and WDSE-DT4-3 PBS Digtial Subchannels with my DIRECTV H20 Receiver and off-air HDTV Antenna?
Do you get the channels already? If you do there should be no problems. However if you don't have the ability to get them now but know they exist you will need to know if anyone in the area that has an HD ready tv is receiving the signals. If they are, there is a good chance you will too with the right antenna and the H20. I had HDTV Locals for nearly 1.5 years with the HDTV ready tv and I just upgraded to the HR10 just so I had the ability to record off them. You should type your info into antennaweb.org and see how close you are to the signal towers and their geographic direction. Luckily in Sacramento - I'm 7-12 miles (can't remember which) and all signals come from one direction making the antenna positioning very easy. Unless you have a neighbor who is getting the signals, or someone on the forum is in your exact location, it is very difficult to say whether or not you will get the digital subchannels without trial and error.
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