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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brad Newton, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. Brad Newton

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    affect ota analog signals that we receive now. As I understand it, my local abc, nbc, cbs, fox channels will start broadcasting in high def in may, 2002. I am wondering how/if this will affect my current ota reception. I do not have a high def tv at this time, but currently receive a pretty good ota picture. Will that change?
     
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    Stations will still broadcast analog until around 2006.

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    The DTV OTA signal is usually broadcast on a separate channel, usually in the UHF band.

    Should have no effect on your analog signal.

    In the Philly area we are fortunate to have all Big 3 affiliates as well as PBS on the HDTV bandwagon to varying extent. My advice is to NOT watch a true HDTV program until you are in a position to purchase the hardware. You will become obsessed!(Ignorance is bliss! LOL ;o))

    With a STB once you get a certain threshold signal, the picture locks in and you get perfect reception. However, depending on your location, you may have to play around a bit with the antenna to get signal lock.
     
  4. Brad Newton

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    DOes this mean that I can pick which signal I want to receive? If I purchase a hdtv for the family room & have only a "regular" tv for the kitchen, will I be able to receive both type of signals? Which will be of higher quality?
     
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    Assuming you live in an area where you get good OTA(over the air) TV reception, you will be able to get both signals, however only a HDTV monitor with a OTA STB(set top box)connected will be able to display the digital picture.
    You will most likely need to use a separate antenna for the STB and all your other TVs if both are in use simultaneously.
    The difference in picture quality is astounding. Hop on over to a local retailer and watch a true HDTV picture on a properly adjusted monitor and you will start plotting immediately on how to obtain one!
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