High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource

Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource >
Rules HDTV Forum Gallery LINK TO US! RSS - High Def Forum AddThis Feed Button AddThis Social Bookmark Button Groups

DirecTV Forum Discuss and learn about DirecTV High Definition Satellite TV.

Ready for HD HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-24-2005, 07:36 AM   #1  
High Definition is the definition of life.
Thread Starter
 

Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 749
Question Ready for HD HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok I am ready to get HD service installed but am totally confused, and don't know much about it. I do know that first and foremost I want all my local HD brodcasting to be available, as well as all the premium HD content on cable or satellite. I currently have directv, but am unsure if I need to switch to cable. I read one article that said satellite is superior for HD and cable compresses the HD signal allowing less picture quality. I read another article in the same magazine that said cable is superior for HD as has way more bandwith for a superior signal and picture! So I don't know to stay with DTV or go with Comcast digital cable. The thing I like about cable is they say I will only need them to run a line from the pole to my house, no antennas. However DTV want to swap dishes and add another antenna for local HD I believe. My other question is how to hook up my one HD set. The componets are used by games and dvd. So I assume I will need to use the one DVI input and run audio via rca for best picture quality HD? Anyway I can use all the info I can get on this, so please everyone sound off. I don't want to get this HD hooked up, only to find I should have gone satellite or vice versa, or that I don't get some HD channels available, or that I need a better HD box. Thanks.
hidefman30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2005, 07:59 AM   #2  
Administrator
 
rbinck's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Katy, Texas
Posts: 17,002
Default

I'm not sure anyone can give you an answer to the question of Directv vs cable as far as the PQ goes. My first instinct for you would be to give cable a try, the reason is twofold.

First, because you are an existing Directv customer they will not give you a very good deal on the upgrade cost. The figure I've heard is about $199 to change your dish and furnish the new receiver and if you want a DVR, the cost for the DVR is about $1,000.

Second, the cost for cable will be minimal, probably under $50, and that will most likely include a DVR. If you work the angle of switching from satellite most cable companies will give you some additional incentives, like wave the install fee and free service for some period of time. TWC here in Houston would discount the service and throw in free HBO for the first 6 months, for example.

No provider will give you a deal if you are an existing customer, but will extend them to get you to switch. Going to cable will allow you to get HD with minimal, if any, out of pocket and if after 6 months or so you are not satified with the service, switch back to satellite, maybe Dish Network next time.

I would say check out the cost, then decide.
rbinck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2005, 10:38 AM   #3  
Mr. Wizard
 

Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Ferndale, Michigan
Age: 71
Posts: 5,981
Default

Whoever said only cable compresses the signal has NO idea what they're talking about... ALL digital TV uses MPEG2 compression. Because of it's limited bandwidth compared to cable, Satellite sometimes prefilters the signal to a lessor res so it will take less bandwidth when transmitted. Cable assigns a fixed 18 Mbits/sec per HD channel... this is plenty since OTA subchannels & data are stripped out for retransmission on cable.

Beside quality, which is very similar for HD across all platforms, you should also look at the QUANTITY of HD content available to each supplier.

You should definately try cable first in your situation, since the up-front costs are minimal...
RSawdey is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource >
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


to Ready for HD HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
thanks for the help i bought my 1st hdtv friday! katf1sh Flat-Panel TVs 16 11-03-2009 08:56 AM
Toshiba HD ready tv/ HD player help paulmac Rear-Projection TVs 8 12-09-2007 10:50 AM
HR20-700 still not ready for Prime Time? padarjohn DirecTV Forum 33 11-14-2007 08:04 AM
DVD Player for HD-ready Tv Joshimoto SD DVD Players and Discs 11 08-28-2006 10:16 AM
Which software player will play HD? Help! Mordred478 Computers/HTPCs 10 01-02-2006 10:30 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:25 PM.



Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004 - 2018, MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands