Originally Posted by essencedesign
...I just got my first plasma last week. I went for the new Panny ED 42" after looking at all the others just because of the richness in the picture.
My question is , I want to make to most of the internal HDTV tuner, but I'm not sure where to start and what to do next. I am under the impression that I might be able to get free HD signals but really I don't know how...
Congratulations. I'm sure you will be pleased with your purchase.
Using the internal tuner is not much different than using the one on your old TV, but maybe less predictable. If you have an outdoor antenna that gave you good analog reception, all you have to do is connect it to your plasma, run the scan sequence as described in the manual and you should be fine.
If you've been using an indoor antenna, it could be problematical. The first thing to do is try it as described above. If that doesn't work, you may have to get a better antenna.
If you don't have an antenna, and you live close enough to the transmitters, you can try an indoor one. Some are sold as being made for digital reception, but that is marketing hype. Just be sure you can return whatever you buy. It may take several tries to find one that works.
The surest solution is an outdoor antenna. Second best is an attic mount. The easiest is an indoor. Where you live determines what you'll need.
The biggest difference in reception between analog and digital signals is that a poor analog signal will be received even though it is full of snow and/or "ghosts." A digital signal is likely to either be clear or not come in at all. There can also be a borderline situation where a digital signal will come in erratically and be "pixelated," but it is more likely to be an yes or no proposition.
I'm using a 40 year old antenna that's been on my roof since I got my first color TV. Works great, even though reception on many analog stations has been terrible every since the Sears Tower went up.
If you have antenna problems, there is a section on this board that deals with OTA reception in various cities. Find the one that applies and tell them your reception conditions and they'll be able to offer specific advice.
Enjoy your new plasma.