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    Default HDTV Television Question

    I'm curious why certain HDTV channels television feed is different than the SDTV version? I've noticed this difference on A&E's HD and SD channels.
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    What's HD?

    My 10+ year old Panasonic analog TV works fine with my analog cable and my A/B switch that allows me to pick up the free digital over the air signal with my lousy antenna.

    I am going to wait until my old TV dies before I buy anything digital. The pictures may be great, but for the most part, the content like shopping channels and reality shows still suck.
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    Yep, thanks for that link. I know what HD TV. Seen plenty in the store. Still expensive. Still waiting for prices to go even lower. Meanwhile my analog works fine and if it ain't broke, why fix it or buy a new one?

    And yes, I know HDTV pictures are beautiful and all that too. But until recently if you have cable, you gotta pay extra for HDTV signal not to mention the despised box or even a cable card, which I think is criminal. Of course this was discussed here or somewhere else... cable cards, paying for digital set top boxes, etc.

    OK. Hopefully someone will answer your original question. For now that person is not me.
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    Default Re: HDTV Television Question

    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    What's HD?
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    Yep, thanks for that link. I know what HD TV. Seen plenty in the store. [...]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    I know what HD TV. Seen plenty in the store. Still expensive. Still waiting for prices to go even lower. Meanwhile my analog works fine and if it ain't broke, why fix it or buy a new one?

    And yes, I know HDTV pictures are beautiful and all that too. But until recently if you have cable, you gotta pay extra for HDTV signal not to mention the despised box or even a cable card, which I think is criminal.
    Went down to Best Buy™ the other day. A top-of-the-line 42” plasma t.v. is only $800. That’s about $200 less then I paid for my 30” tube t.v. five years ago, and at least $5,000 less than a similar flatscreen sold for during the same period. I would be very surprised if the store makes a significant profit with this price.

    Also, the sales guy told me I can upgrade my cable to high definition (HD) for only $6.95 a month. Considering I only have basic cable (less than standard cable — I get barely more than a dozen channels) now, this is an AMAZING deal. If this isn’t cheap enough for you, Mel, you’ll be waiting for a price drop until you die. I imagine prices are this dirt cheap because of the economy, which will likely bounce back in the next few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuNnL View Post
    Also, the sales guy told me I can upgrade my cable to high definition (HD) for only $6.95 a month. Considering I only have basic cable (less than standard cable — I get barely more than a dozen channels) now, this is an AMAZING deal. If this isn’t cheap enough for you, Mel, you’ll be waiting for a price drop until you die. I imagine prices are this dirt cheap because of the economy, which will likely bounce back in the next few years.
    I believe you need to subscribe to Oceanic's digital cable service before you can get Oceanic's HDTV service.

    In addition, you don't need to subscribe to the HD Entertainment Pak to get HD channels. There is several accessible HD channels if you have a HD TV, set top box and digital cable service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    What's HD?
    My 10+ year old Panasonic analog TV works fine with my analog cable and my A/B switch that allows me to pick up the free digital over the air signal with my lousy antenna.
    I am going to wait until my old TV dies before I buy anything digital. The pictures may be great, but for the most part, the content like shopping channels and reality shows still suck.
    Mel, it's difficult to tell in which way your responses are intended to answer Konaguy's question.

    Yeah, we have a setup similar to yours and don't intend to go digital either. But as curmudgeonly Luddite as that may be, I didn't feel the need to bomb Konaguy's post...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konaguy View Post
    I'm curious why certain HDTV channels television feed is different than the SDTV version? I've noticed this difference on A&E's HD and SD channels.
    Some East Coast and West Coast HD feeds for the various networfs aren't time shifted (delayed) for Hawaii time. You'll also notice it for TBS, USA and TNT among others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Media Guy View Post
    Some East Coast and West Coast HD feeds for the various networfs aren't time shifted (delayed) for Hawaii time. You'll also notice it for TBS, USA and TNT among others.
    I definitely notice it! i'm on Direct TV and I keep missing programs because they are on before i get home. and i don't have TIVO or DVR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Media Guy View Post
    Some East Coast and West Coast HD feeds for the various networfs aren't time shifted (delayed) for Hawaii time. You'll also notice it for TBS, USA and TNT among others.
    I recently ran into this issue when I was watching Dog The Bounty Hunter. The SD A&E channel had Dog on the regular time. However, the HD A&E channel was showing infomercials at the same time.
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    I noticed the same thing. HD programming doesn't follow SD programming all the time.

    One thing I noticed about local programming in HD vs stuff from DirecTV is the difference in the picture. On DirecTV there's HD Theater where HD quality is unbelievable! It's almost as if my TV set was an open window to whatever I was viewing.

    Then there's watching the NBA....oh man the crawls on the bottom of the screen is incredable! Plus if the HD original feed is in letterbox format, the programming feed contains additional stats on the pillars, something you won't normally see on standard TV sets with no wide-screen capability.
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