Originally posted by HughScot First of all it has been my experience that digital TV is not much better than analog. But when you get HD from TWC you should be very happy with the HD picture. If you have a large HDTV the analog signal will look poor at best. Just how bad it looks will depend on you particular set and the screen size. The larger the set the worse the SD picture quality. There is no getting around it. I bought the set (Pioneer Elite) that at the time, two years ago, provided me with the best SD picture as well as the best HD picture.
Last time I looked we get 12 HD channels from TWC so there is quite a bit of HD. To the best of my knowledge their is nothing TWC can do about the SD signal during installation. As for Dish I personally would not go that route as I've had both at the same time and I dumped the sat.
Thanks for responding. I didn't realize SD would get worse when I jumped into this. On the other hand I didn't realize 480p DVD would be so f*****g awesome! I can't wait for HD. I will stick with TWC for now. The promise of the HD DVR keeps me hanging on. Also the equipment cost with DirectTV is unbelievable. $900 for DirectTV HD DVR??? They have to be kidding.
Hopefully they give me the Pioneer 3500HD box. That seems to be the one to have.
Originally posted by deArgila Just to clarify - SD does not get worse with a large HDTV. It's already that bad, it was just hidden by the limitations of your previous TV.
There is a phrase you'll get to know soon if you already don't:
Garbage in = garbage out
This is absolutely true, you just notice it more as the screen size increases. Didn't mean to imply that it becomes worse as the screen size increases........it's already bad and looks worse as the size goes up.
Glad I didn't go bigger. I got 46" and was considering 56". The resolution was the same either way. I only sit 10' from the screen. As it is this TV is overwhelming.
As far as ESPN-HD goes I'm not really a huge sports fan. But even I would like to watch Carolina play on HD. They practically play in your living room. I find my self watching old DVD's in 480p just to see how awesome they look.
My wife and I are still very happy even though the SD content is worse. We can't wait to watch "Criminal Intent" in HD!
HDNET announcement from Mark Cuban - so sweet NHL Hockey and everything else from them - AWSOME!!
Now regarding the SD picture and all that. I must say that I am happy with most digital channels on my 51 inch. I run the signal through the component for everything - I have the HD-box setup to stretch the regular channels and leave the HD alone - all work friction free. It is possible that when you go from coax on the regular box to component that your picture will improve. The other thing is if you live in apartments tell the guy to make sure you are the only one on the nod down where they bring the cable in - they often split it there giving you a loss of picture quality
These channels will be added sometime in January (first half of the month is my best guess). There will be some sort of HD Tier, pricing and channels in the package are unknown at this point. Stay Tuned!
Launch date in Columbia is january 5th and then December 16th in some CA areas so should be coming shortly. As I stated earlier indications in Raleigh was before New Years.
Cost for the HD-Suite in Raleigh is: $6.95 and there is a very clear note that additional channels will be added at no extra cost - I would expect the price to be the same or right around there rather than the same as in CA
I agree that 10 bucks is pushing it, but I think this is a small problem of not having enough to charge more for vs having to raise really soon
Like in Raleigh they clearly announced to the users that it was only inhd 1 and 2 now but new channels would be added shortly and included both HDNET and ESPNHD in that communication. I am guessing that they think people would be more irritated if they were charged 3 bucks first month raised to 6 the second month because a channel was added then 10 bucks after another month........rather just price it high include more channels as they go on and get users as they think it is worth it.........
Originally posted by jmccurrytech These channels will be added sometime in January (first half of the month is my best guess). There will be some sort of HD Tier, pricing and channels in the package are unknown at this point. Stay Tuned!
HDNet and HDNet Movies are both hidden and can be found on channel 292 & 293. Currently just a black screen and no sound.
Originally posted by Davew0670 hi everyone...new tv and new hdtv subscriber here. Is there anywhere I can get the HD schedule for the week? Mainly interested to see if this sundays Panther game will be broadcast in hd.
Originally posted by NUPE009 Is anyone able to use the DVI port on the Pioneer Voyager HD box? I've been dying to use mine but it doesnt seem to work or either my TV doesn't like it. I've switched boxes once but that didnt help.
I am currently using the DVI port on the Pioneer box with my Panasonic plasma. The picture quality IMHO is better using the DVI connection over component.
I've been told that DVI makes a big difference because you have a digital signal as opposed to digital thats converted to analog and back to digital.
That is why I really want to use my DVI port. I may get a different box from TW again. My Sammy DLP isn't recognizing it as a HDTV cable box. It gets a signal from the box and gives me an error. "Please connect the set-top to an HDTV set. See the operating instructions."
I'll may try taking the box by a friends house to see if the DVI port works on their TV.
DVI is working. I had it hooked up to my Sony RPTV and the PQ was awful so I switched back to component. If you have an all digital pathway then you should achieve better results with DVI but if your TV is analog as is mine then it all depends on who has the better DA converter. Appartenly the cable box does in my case.
Go over to the hardware forum and do a search, I seem to remember reading about an issue with DVI and certain Sammy displays.
I just got off the phone with TW and they said that the VDI port is active. The rep asked if I had a Sammy and told me that others have had the problem and that I should contact Tweeter and they should be able to help me get it working over the phone. I called Samsung and the guy from Samsung is suppossed to give me a call back after he does some research.