Choosing HDTV: How To Avoid The Biggest Mistakes.



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Choosing HDTV? Thousands have been caught, choosing HDTV sets that were not right for them.

Fact: Over 20% of HDTV's sold are returned to the store within a week.

Why? The customer took it home, plugged it in to their Standard Definition TV or cable signal, and were dissatisfied with the picture quality.

Because: The customer wasn't told or shown how to connect it to a High Definition TV signal.

YOU won't make that mistake, because the info you will learn here will allow you to sidestep those problems.

A flat screen HDTV is the best choice for day to day use in the home.

LCD or Plasma, and if you are buying large, go over 40" simply because of cost right now.

But for sizes smaller than 40", choose LCD. Same reason.

Now that is changing as LCD panels get bigger and cheaper, but Plasma wins in the size vs cost race at this point in time.

For much more information on each of those types of HDTV, just click on one of the buttons to the left.

Choosing a High Definition Television means getting the clearest picture and great sound, and a large flat screen.

The quality of the picture, however, depends on the quality of the signal that the set receives.

To get a Full HDTV picture in your house, you require a High Def signal from free to air stations via an antenna, a HD TV with a built in digital tuner, most sets come with digital and analog tuners now.

Failing that, you will need a Set Top Box (STB) to receive these free signals.

Also you can get feeds from a High Definition Cable or HD Satellite service provider, and the High Definition equipment they provide that connects to you HD TV signals from those networks.

Avoid the mistakes that thousands have made when others are choosing HDTV without a clue what they will watch on it.

Some providers of H D programming are:

Local FTA: Free OTA HDTV is currently being transmitted by 1000's of local area TV stations.

All you need is an antenna, either a indoor, or a rooftop type.

And the wiring to connect it to your set.

Cable Hi Def:

Ask for Hi Definition Programming on Cable.

Don't get caught by providers offering only Digital Programming.

It is not the same as HDTV programming.

They simply mean that you can get many more channels, but that it is the same quality that you get now, on your old TV.

It's just digital reception, slightly improved but not HD.

Digital TV is the new TV system, and HDTV is the higher quality part of the new digital TV system.

There is the option for the networks to fit many lower quality channels, in the same space as 1 High Definition channel.

So, ask for H. D. T. V. programming.

Spell it out for them.

Some TV's include the cable technology, smartcards etc.

It's really probably better to use the cable company boxes, as the remote controls and other features you get with their equipment are unlikely to be duplicated in a TV in exactly the same way.

But check it out anyway, these things change over time.

Satellite Hi Def TV: When checking the various offerings, remember, the fact that Digital Multi Channels are not the same thing as HDTV programming, as in the explanation above.

That is, you want TRUE H.D.T.V. programs, not a bunch of lower quality channels all thrown in a package.

Or maybe you do.

Blu-Ray has won the battle with HD DVD.

We can expect loads of HD movies as soon as the air clears.

Temporarily, you can get the Sony PS3, and use it as a movie player as well as for HD games.

The only problem is, getting the kids off the telly so that you can watch what you want.

Choosing HDTV. Not Geeky.



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