HDTV Converter? What is it?
HDTV Converter? Can I still use my old TV?
The quick answer is yes, absolutely.
All you need to check is that your TV has a video and audio input.
(That is, Yellow and red and white RCA type sockets)
If your TV is really ancient, you will need another piece of kit called an AV adaptor, which simply provides a way to feed the signals via your antenna.
But if you do have a TV with Video and audio inputs, (The yellow and black and /or red sockets) you are set for digital.
All you need is a digital converter box and they come in two types right now:
Digital Standard Definition TV (SDTV converter)...
Digital High Definition TV (HDTV converter)...
These converter boxes have very similar characteristics, however, the major difference For YOU is that when the FTA or Free To Air networks transmit, the channels may carry different programs.
Meaning you may be watching a program on a channel in Standard definition on one TV, but if you have a TV with high definition on the same channel, you may receive a different program entirely.
This is because the TV networks are allowed to transmit whatever they like on their HD channel and their SD channel(s) can be totally different.
Therefore if purchasing a converter, think carefully about the future, as you can watch these programs on your old TV,using a HDTV converter, and have potentially more channels to watch for free.
You will find that some stations are transmitting many different shows on 3 or 4 different SD channels, whereas others are transmitting one SD channel and one HD channel.
This is called multicasting, and it allows the networks to theoretically make more money from advertising.
The other major improvement is digital sound, which allows you to use your Sound System to produce either Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 channel Surround Sound which greatly improves your sound reproduction quality.
Connection problems involve trying to make sense of all the various connection options and settings, including 1080i, 720p or 480p/i DTV formats, and connection options including HDMI and Component Video, Composite video, Dolby Digital Optical.
If you have an older TV, stick with the yellow and red and white cables.
These are the same type cables that your vcr uses.
If your TV is newer, you may also have Green, Red and Blue, component cables which will give you an improved picture, though slightly more technical to set up.
If you have a flat panel HD ready type TV, you may have HDMI, which is the easiest method of connection by far.
In your case, don't use the composite (Yellow, red and white) cables, the picture quality is downgraded to suit older type tv's.
You will make your picture quality a lot better by using Component (Green, Red and Blue cables)
And if you have a Stereo system, use it for sound output.
So, buy a HDTV converter.
You'll be glad you did!
But on the other hand, how do I pick the
Best HDTV Converter?
And where can I get those
Converter Box Coupons?
And here is a way to get a HDTV converter box for almost nothing down...
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