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Old 06-17-2005, 11:22 AM   #1  
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I just bought a samsung hidef "ready" plasma and was told i would need a hidef/digital reciever to get the local hidef channels, i didn't feel like paying $1000 more for the hidef version when i could pay maybe $200 for a hidef box or something. I was looking on ebay for some and they confused me because the ones labeled terrest were saying they need an antenna for "over the air" and some forums were saying not all channels are ready to put out in hidef, and i didn't know what i needed. My question is what do i need to get hidef channels on my tv without buying a sat. or digital cable, and is an antenna needed? I would think that it comes over the cable itself and a hidef reciever would just convert it. Any help or even pointing me to a link would help thanks.
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:34 AM   #2  
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To receive terrestrial or over-the-air signals you'll need an antenna. HD isn't some magical conversion, but a complete system of HD capture, transmission and display. All HDTV is digital on cable, so you must have an HD version of a digital cable box to receive it over cable. Local HD digital stations are retransmitted over digital cable & you won't need an antenna then...
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:18 PM   #3  
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To elaborate a little:
OTA (or Over the Air) reception is similar in HD to what you are used to with the old SD TV/Antenna systems:
1) You need an antenna to receive a signal.
2) You need a tuner to tune the signal.
3) You need a display to display the signal.
You already have the display, so one step down. The next question is what kind of antenna do you need? I highly recommend going to the CEA antenna selector web site (http://antennaweb.org) to find this out. All you have to do is type in your address, and they will tell you what stations you can receive, and what class of antenna you need to receive those stations. They also break down the channel listings by HD versus SD(NTSC) so you can see what all of your options are. If you are close to a major city, you may be able to get away with a amplified rabbit ears-type antenna. For longer range, you will probably need a roof-mount with a rotor. Bear in mind, what you will receive OTA is only the typical local broadcast stations. You are not going to pick up HBO for free with an antenna. Also, currently all HD stations broadcast in the UHF range, which requires a much smaller antenna than the old VHF rooftops (much shorter wavelength), so you may get away with something that fits in an attic, or is at least easily concealable.
For a tuner, there are all kinds of options out there. Read the forums for recommendations. I have a samsung SIR-T351 ($299), and it works pretty well. Since LG patented the 8VSB encoding technology, their tuners (and Zenith, their daughter company) tend to be a little better. If you are looking to get in el-cheapo to see if you like it, Wal-Mart now sells a set to box for something like $99.
If you want pay channels like HBO or ESPN in High Def, you are going to have to pay the cable company or the Dish company for the service. If that's what you are going to do, don't buy anything more. Just call the company and findout what kind of hardware they offer as part of their HD plans and go from there. Down the road you may want to upgrade or customize, but if you are just starting out, your best bet is to go with the standard offering.

My 2 cents, hope it helps.

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Old 06-17-2005, 01:11 PM   #4  
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Main choices for an HD set-top box (without DVR or DVD integrated)are LG 4200A (approx. $290) and Samy SIR-T451 ($250).

The Samy 351 was replaced by the 451. The 451 has the added functionality of picking-up unscrambled HD signals (i.e. local stations) carried by cable. At least, I'm hoping that is the case as I just bought a 451 (Circuit City) today to replace my 351! If that works, I may just use the cable connection rather than my existing antenna setup which cannot pick-up the ABC affiliate.
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:50 PM   #5  
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At least, I'm hoping that is the case as I just bought a 451 (Circuit City) today to replace my 351! If that works, I may just use the cable connection rather than my existing antenna setup which cannot pick-up the ABC affiliate.
It does work. Perhaps I should have listened to RS awhile back.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:01 PM   #6  
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thanks i've been thinking about it for a while and i live in key largo and website shows the stations antenna's are in miami the closest one is 30 miles and the rest are 60 miles away WB website says key largo is thier fringe point. I may have to consider dish or digital its just we have a tv outside and i dont want to setup a box outside it will corrode in a month with the salt air.

one last question is there any way to have a tv outside with digital or sat. or would i be better off moving the box outside when i want to watch it and back inside when im done? I'm not stupid just wondering if anyone else has come across this and could tell what they did, thanks
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:31 PM   #7  
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??????? WHAT ????????

Can you elaborate a little more!? I dont understand what you mean!
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You know these Key West people have to be outside for everything. On "I Want That" TV show, they demonstrated an LCD TV designed specifically for outside use; and it is waterproof. Unfortunately, I think it was EDTV. ...Is this one of those large pullout displays from an RV you're using outside?
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Old 06-19-2005, 01:46 PM   #9  
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the plasma is inside mostly for movies but we have a little tv outside just for watching games or when relaxing outside. When your in the keys why would you want to be inside?
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When your in the keys why would you want to be inside?
To hide from the crazed attack chickens!
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"A $1,000 reward, offered by the Florida Cattlemen's Association for the arrest and conviction of the attack chickens."

No need to fret, the FCA has your back covered.
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Old 08-02-2005, 10:10 AM   #12  
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If you want HD programming on cable, speak to your cable company. you cant by a digital receiver for cable from ebay due to the fact that they are not compatible with the headend at the cable company. seriously, speak to your cable company about renting an HD STB reciever. Its not alot of money to rent.
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