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post #1 of 2 Old 07-16-2002, 10:30 AM - Thread Starter
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Is the purpose of this forum to address questions concerning tube/set TV's?

I need to replace my old 27" JVC. Should I replace it with a 16x9 set? We are just now getting HDTV in my area over the airwaves (only 3 channels, so far). I realize that some shows are being presented in 16x9 format. What is the most cost effective set to get 16x9 "over the air" HDTV? Is it better to just save the money, and not worry about 16x9, and go for a 4x3 HDTV set? Are there such products? I'm just starting out to look for a replacement of my old set, and any help would be appreciated. Assuming this is the correct forum!

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IMO... I would not have anything but a 16:9 set. The direction of the industry is HD and most all DVD's can be enjoyed widescreen.

OTA (if you have enough stations broadcasting a digital signal locally), is usually the cheapest. In a good situation, you can throw up an antenna a usually get a decent signal. Actually, I watch all my locals (analog and digital) via the antenna since the picture quality is better than cable! Satellite and Cable do not really have a lot of HD programming (other than Showtime, HBO, PPV, HDNet). Cable in SOME areas, carry locals.

It all boils down to how much you want to invest. There are many choices of HD ready and HDTV sets (direct view, RPTV, FPTV, 4:3. 16:9). Depending on the set you purchase, you may need to buy an STB (set top box) to receive digital (satellite or OTA).

Lot's of pro's and con's with the RCA F38310. But, I feel that this is still the best 'bang for the buck' (16:9, 38", built-in satellite/OTA tuner).
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