Originally Posted by au revoir
I agree with the previous posts, but would like to add that having a tuner only matters if you are out in the country somewhere with no access to cable and don't want to get a satellite system, or you have access to those sources but wish to rely strictly upon OTA broadcasts to save money or whatever.
So the lack of a tuner affects almost no one these days.
I guess I should have added that HDTV tuners are quite cheap these days, down to $50 or less on EBay.
I am one the people who does not have access to cable and relies strictly on OTA signals due to my location, so believe me, I know what that's like. I also own 3 OTA tuners. I think my situation is pretty rare these days though.
Anyone can sign up for DirecTV or Dish Network and they will GIVE you a receiver that will tune in OTA HDTV broadcasts. The person can then get an antenna and tune in their local stations and watch them in HD totally uncompressed. No tuner required in this situation.
And if the person is able to sign up for cable, I believe the cable company is required to supply the local stations with even the cheapest package, so the person is covered in that situation as well.
So no one really *needs* their own tuner, as long as they plan on subscribing to either cable or satellite, which is about 85% of the population. And if the person does not plan on subscribing to cable or satellite, they can easily buy a cheap HDTV tuner on EBay.
Therefore, a TV without a tuner should not necessarily be a deal breaker, except for a tiny minority of people w/o access to either cable, satellite or EBay.