HDTV vs HDTV Compatable Question...

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  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Stunt Coordinator

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    I will be upgrading my RPTV to a HDTV Widescreen in the next month or so but I have a question...When looking around,I noticed that some advertising will say HDTV while others will say HDTV Compatable.Is their a difference in the two?
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    An HDTV is a fully integrated unit containing an ATSC/digital tuner that can receive, decode, and display standard- and high-definition broadcasts (480p, 720p, and 1080i--though few are able to display 720p natively). An "HD-capable" TV is a display that scans at the appropriate frequencies for showing standard- and high-def images but does not include a built-in ATSC tuner and decoder. With these sets, you must purchase the tuner/decoder separately.
     
  3. Sheldon

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    Thanks Jack for the reply.Obviously,it's beneficial to go with the HDTV version.Regards...
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Not necessarily, Sheldon. There are connectivity issues regarding cable's future participation in HD that have yet to be ironed out. If I were in your position, I'd consider an HD-capable set and a separate tuner. (In a worst-case scenario, a solution could be reached vis. the connectivity issue that would render your integrated HDTV obsolete--or that would certainly involve a costly upgrade.)
     

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