Originally Posted by rgedela
I'm not familiar how this HDTV or Digital TV broadcasts are set up. Right now I've a I've a Philips 32PF7320A LCD TV which has a built in HDTV tuner. Since Denver is behind in full HDTV broadcasts OTA, I'm spending a ton of time trying to adjust the antenna to get HDTV. This is really frustrating for me and on top of it the wife is getted very annoyed how much time I'm spending on this new gadget of ours.
So, here are some simple questions and appreciate any feedback.
Since I've a built in HDTV tuner, if I subscribe to Dish Network or Direct TV will I get any HD channels without their HD receiver?
Same question as above but instead of Satelite what if I went with comcast? Do I get HDTV without their HD receiver?
BTW my TV has cablecard feature, does that mean I can skip the receiver box totally from comcast?
A few questions for you.
Were do you live?
What type of home do you have? (House, Condo, Apt.)
What is the homes construction. (stucco, lathe and plaster etc.)
Now some advice.
In the Denver Metro area your indoor antenna will be very frustrating to use (only FOX and WB are transmitting a decent signal strength). Put an antenna in the attic or better yet, on the roof of your home. This can make HDTV a lot less annoying.
DirecTV and dish do not currently offer local channels in HD. They are to begin this year for us in Denver. So to get locals with a satellite receiver, you will need an attic/outdoor antenna connected to the sat receiver to receive your locals in HD.
Cable currently offers all locals that are broadcasting in HDTV (UPN and channel 12 do not broadcast any HDTV programs, but they offer a digital ATSC broadcast). If you have a cable card slot in your TV, then you can get an access card from your cable provider and forgo the box. You will not have access to on-demand services and you will need to call to order pay-per-view events.
One final option is to get a very basic cable package. In Denver, the local HDTV channels that comcast offers can be decoded by your TV's HDTV tuner without a cable box or cable card.
-Hope that this helps,
P.S. please visit this website http://www.hdtvcolorado.com
and sign the petition to get our towers built so that others don't go through what you have gone through.