I'm still in basic training with HDTV and could use some feedback before I get further confused. I currently have basic analog cable on my 20 year old Hitachi 50" set. I've been waiting to see the emergence of an integrated (built in) HDTV tuner and I've been looking at the Sony KDP-57XBR2 and the Mitsubishi WS-55859. SONY's tuner "receives all HDTV/SDTV formats ,analog(NTSC) and DIRECTV(standard and high-def) signals plus most unscrambled analog cable channels." MITSUBISHI's sets have "Two(2) 181-channel NTSC/Analog Cable Tuners and one(1) ATSC/QAM Digital Cable Tuner. One has chosen Satellite and the other chose Cable as the future path for HDTV.
Well, I can move up to DIGITAL Cable service or switch to DIRECTV HD , one or the other. I doubt that my cable company will ever offer HDTV since they just upgraded to "Digital", which is NOT HD. On the other hand, DIRECTV offers only a couple of channels in HD. The truth is, most of the HDTV available is OVER-THE-AIR which means that all I need for the majority of HDTV is an antenna, an Off-AIr HDTV receiver, and a HDTV Ready TV. I don't see a need for a built-in tuner with capabilities that I can't use. Is there such a thing as a HDTV tuner for Off-AIR broadcasts only?
And most of all, is my above "thinking" correct or not?