I always wanted to see what the hype was about HDTV but I was not willing to pay for a new TV and subscribe to a few HD channels on Oceanic. Maybe in the future when it will become mandatory. So, I decided to try and see if I could get HD over-the-air.
I went to Compusa the other day and bought the HDTV Wonder video card from ATI for about $100. I know this is not the best system but that fitted my budget. Installation was a pain in the okole as it messed up the drivers for my regular video card. Eventually, after wiping out all the video drivers and re-installing everything, I was able to get HDTV on my computer.
I live in Kakaako in a condo so I have a somewhat clear path to most of the transmitters. After fiddling with the software that came in the box, I realize that I couldn't receive anything transmitted in 1080. So a quick look in the forum and I switched to WatchHDTV as my main software. That did the trick.
What am I able to receive? KHON, KITV, KGMB, KHNL, KIKU, KHET, and KFVE. For a while I couldn't get KFVE eventhough I had a strong signal (60-70%) but one day it showed up.
First reactions: I realized that not everything is broadcasted in HD. According to TitanTV website, only KITV broadcasts some programs in HD OTA? Nevertheless, the resolution is way better than on my regular TV and some shows are even in widescreen (too bad I don't have a widescreen monitor!). I cannot wait when all the TV station will broadcast in HD. And if it looks this good on a 19' monitor, it will look even better on a bigger TV (hopefully!).
I'm hooked. If the prices for the TV keep going down, I might buy a new one and finally be able to see a widescreen movie without those black bars.