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Old 06-11-2006, 10:44 PM   #1  
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Im sorry i am new to this and feel dumb. I went to go buy a plasma tv they say hdtv and target employees were all ready to sell me a nice clear plasma hdtv for 1500$, then i went over to costco and he was already to sell me a tv for 2300$ Sony 40" nice plasma he says you gotta have the local cable company whether you have direct tv local cable whatever to get hdtv channels and im like oh ok thats only 10$ a month cool nice tv. None of the salemen tell you about these tvs.
This guy/customer walks up and says "dont do it i bought one and brought it back 2 dys later " he says "what you dont understand is you only get like 5 channels and they are sports" i said what about the other 150 channels i get on direct tv he said no you cant watch all those channels they are distorted green faces whatever, he says we thought we could flip thru all our channels and you only get the 5 channels they have or you can watch movies and thats it, it has to be high definition if its not you cant watch anything he says let me save you 3,000$
youll end up bringing it back if you dont watch the 5 channels you get.

Is this true? and why would you want to buy a 2,000$ tv for 5 channels? if you do get it can you watch the 150 channels we get thru direct in the other bedrooms and only watch the plasma in the living room with the 5 channels? I dont understand all these big screen tvs if you have to have hdtv and pay 10$ at the least to get 5 channels. so only if you are into watching sports and 5 channels of sports and rent movies you would buy these? Sorry so dumb about this.

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Old 06-12-2006, 12:04 AM   #2  
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wow. what a crock. that guy totaly lied. you can watch any channel you have now plus the hd channels with a hdtv. granted that regular channels will not look so good with a hdtv but you get used to them after the initial shock goes away. the hd channels look amazing and that what the point of buying a hdtv is all about. from what i counted on the directv site there are more then 5 hd channels available. and im not even counting the premium hd channels. if the majority of your time watching hd is during primetime 8pm-11pm then most major shows at that time are in hd. tnt, discovery, universal, hdnet, hdnet movies are hd all day and night. you will have to either call directv or go to there site and find what hd channels are available in your area.

at the moment sattelite offers the worst deals for hd. what channels they offer and prices are not that good. verizon fios ( where available ) is the best deal followed by comcast. if you decide to take the hd jump and your directv contract is about to run out i suggest you look at the link bellow.

dont base your decision on what that guy told you. it obvious he did not know what he was talking about. i bet he got it home and didnt even take the time to understand what he needed or how to set it up right. the hd jump can be hard for people who dont take a little bit of time to understand the technology basics or have someone who does set it up for them. i know for a fact there are plenty of people on this site that will be more then willing to help you with any questions you have. good luck.

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Im sorry i am new to this and feel dumb..... Is this true? and why would you want to buy a 2,000$ tv for 5 channels? if you do get it can you watch the 150 channels we get thru direct in the other bedrooms and only watch the plasma in the living room with the 5 channels? I dont understand all these big screen tvs if you have to have hdtv and pay 10$ at the least to get 5 channels. so only if you are into watching sports and 5 channels of sports and rent movies you would buy these? Sorry so dumb about this.
just read this post and the rest of that thread http://www.highdefforum.com/showpost...44&postcount=1 - check all the stickies in the forum you posted this thread to - you should be able to get severa lHDTV stations off the air from Bend , Oregon KTVZ -NBC and KOAB - PBS free and possibly even some from Eugene CBS, ABC , NBC - probably not Fox - Satellite is your next best source - for other HDTV content - - call your cable company to see if they have any HDTV chaannels besides those mentioned - check this site http://www.2150.com/broadcast/defaul...+Stations]View full report for the stations you can recieve off the air with out cable or satelite subscriptions - using a regular UHF antenna

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Old 06-12-2006, 07:20 PM   #4  
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Old 06-12-2006, 08:49 PM   #5  
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:34 PM   #6  
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I'm signed up with DISH and get alot of good HD channels..many more than 5
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Yeah, what he meant was only 5 HD channels. You will still get all your analog SD channels you receive now. I also get about 10 free OTA digital/HD channels here in the Chicago area and around 15 with dish and voom pack. Much more than just "sports". Look at you DN or Direct TV lHD line up online to see what they have. Not sure what OTA options are in Redmond, but it will be more than 5 with a decent antenna. And all these HD options will only grow more and more. If you are in the market for a new TV (plasma is a great choice), it should be HD IMO.

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Old 06-21-2006, 02:34 PM   #8  
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For anyone who is thinking of purchasing an HDtv, I would recommend waiting about a year or two until the programming that DN or DTV puts out catches up with capabilities of these expensive TV's.

I just purchased a $3,000 Toshiba 62" HDTV. I can now watch 120 standard channels on Dishnetwork that are grainy and pathetic (that looked alot nicer on my 15 year old 27" TV), or I can watch the 22 HD channels of which many are worthless (Kungfu channel, Fashion Channel, etc).

Basically, I paid $3,000 to limit myself to 22 channels.

Well, I guess I'll go watch some more Kungfu, I hope this helps someone.
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For anyone who is thinking of purchasing an HDtv, I would recommend waiting about a year or two until the programming that DN or DTV puts out catches up with capabilities of these expensive TV's. .
OTA HDTV will probably never be any better - and if you get 3 major networks and PBS + Fox OTA free - you could loose the dish and you'll pay for that $3K TV in about 3 years- If you keep the dish you "can watch the 22 HD channels of which many are worthless" if you have anytime left after watching all the good HD on OTA.

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I have made a lot of purchases in my life, some I have regretted, some I wish I had made earlier. Buying a 57" HD television is one I wish I had done earlier.

There is limited HD programming on Comcast, but I get the regular digital channels as well. The SD picture was initially pretty bad, but it seems they have fixed that problem. The HD channels are stunning. My DVD look better than ever.

It will only get better. More and more HD channels will be added as competitive pressures and the number of HD sets increases. I will eventually get a high def DVD player as well, something that would not benefit me with a regular analog television.

I suggest you go ahead and get your television in time for the fall college football season.
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:38 PM   #11  
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tcjnichols - yes, that is a lot to pay for a tv if you are not sure but you never really know how good SD, HD, and DVDs can look until you try it out in your own home and take advantage of other peoples' advice on the best way to set up whichever set you buy. It is a sad fact that many people unknowingly (or perhaps even knowingly) do not get the best from their HDTVs because they do not adjust the settings correctly or use the wrong cables - HDTVs are not necessarily plug-and-play because the manufacturers' picture settings are designed to make their sets stand out from the rest in the showroom - at home you certainly don't want Vivid mode on for long as it will shorten the life of the display and fail to show all the detail.

With regard to programming - whether you get it over the air or via cable - there is more and more HD content being presented on the broadcast channels all the time. Even the 4:3 SD material when received on HD channels and upconverted by your TV or cable/sat box is generally very acceptable. I have an HD direct view CRT which does a very good job of showing most of the regular SD cable stations too. DVDs also look far superior on an HDTV - especially the anamorphic (enhanced for widescreen) ones.

The choice is yours but you should use your own judgement in your own home as a guide.

Good luck deciding!
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:10 PM   #12  
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worst thing that can happen is you buy it from the store get it home and find its not for you. the store should give you 30 days to return it. so it realy cant hurt to try it out.
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Between over the air and Direct I get over 20 channels in the Boston/Providence area

2.2 , 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 25, 28 ,38, 44.1, 44.2, 44.3, 44.4, 56, 64, 68 plus the 8 from Directv
That's about 25 plus the HD PPV.
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Why are some people saying SD looks bad on HDTVs? Isn't it obvious that if a picture with defects is expanded to a larger size, those existing flaws are just more apparent?

It's not like the picture is worse than on an SDTV. If your HDTV has PIP, use it and you'll find that SD content when shrunk looks equal to or better than on regular tube TV's.
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