Hey guys, hope you have time to help a newb out. I have lived in Columbus for a long time now, but I don't watch much television. I have a dedicated theater, but spend more time with movies and video games, so transmission quality has been inconsequential. Until now.
I am starting to throw parties for football and hockey games. I also actively watch racing on SPEED. While throwing a party for the OSU vs. USC game (
) I was embarrassed by the utterly poor picture quality I was getting. Then blow it up to 125" and you start to look at football players like they are Lego blocks.
So I now need to look into high def for my sports. If I had to choose what else I care about, it would be the cartoon channel for Adult Swim late night. Again, I don't watch much TV, so I have been slow to invest into this whole process.
I currently have WOW for high speed internet and have had a decent experience so far. I receive ~80 channels for free due to my hook up requirements; more reason it has been hard to bring myself to invest. I have never looked into U-verse, but holy crap do they off a lot of channels! But I don't care about HBO or Cinemax, and they don't carry FSN Ohio HD for my Blue Jacket hockey. They do haowever carry Versus HD and NHL HD? Uggghhhh.....my head hurts.
On top of this, I use my Windows Media Center to run everything
. I am scared of going to a cable HD setup and then not being able to use my WMC to record all of my shows. If I have to purchase a separate DVR, what's the point?
Bottom line: I'm a cost conscious consumer (aka cheap bastard) who doesn't want to go into debt looking for HD. I have a system that works for me, and I only need
HD on rare occasion. Since I'm absolutely clueless, I'm pleading for help.