Hmm..it seems like the challange of answering an FAQ is holding back some response. I can give it a try.
|So what would you suggest the next purchase be? A STB (DTC-100?) for OTA HDTV, or a switch to Satellite (so regular 4:3 stuff doesn't look bad (I've read it will look bad since the cable signal isn't too good)). Eventually, I will want an STB and Satellite, but which 1st?
If you have OTA HDTV in your area I would go with the STB. To receive HDTV, whether OTA or satellite, you will need the STB to decode the signal anyway. You can add the satellite to provide additional HDTV programming, beyond what you can receive OTA.
|Then, what are line-doublers and things for? Are they needed?
I wouldn't want to live without one. They give you a much higher resolution picture by increasing (doubling) the number of scan lines that make up your picture, much like changing your computer's resolution setting from 640x480 to 1280x1024. It also makes the picture non-interlaced. Non-interlaced means the picture lines are drawn one after the other (progressive) instead of drawing all the odd lines and then going back and drawing the even lines as is done with conventional TV. This all results in a picture that looks more solid, brighter, sharper, and generally more film-like. While it will improve the appearance of non HDTV, DVD's will look better and "spoil" you for normal broadcast TV. You don't need a line doubler for HDTV since it is naturally feed to your HDTV ready TV at higher scan rates from the STB.
|Basically, I don't want to get the TV and have everything look crappy except for DVD's.
My solution there has been to use a roof-top antenna which give me a snow-free picture without any kind of interference and using a line doubler for it and DVD & Laserdisc. Digital cable or satellite would probably provide as good or better a source. There is no HDTV in my area OTA and I'm waiting for more satellite programming to become available before I jump in that direction.
All this is IMHO :-). Hope this helps some and good luck.
[This message has been edited by Jerry Arseneau (edited February 26, 2000).]