Originally Posted by douglas-b
Do owners of the Samsung DTB-H260F ATSC tuner, like it or hate it? There are so many pages to this thread, I don't know where to start. I have a Winegard HD 7084P on a rotor. I canceled the ole' satellite so when I send the box back I'm gonna need a tuner.
The aspect issue isn't that big of a thing...it comes into play mostly on the digital sub-channels where the broadcaster may be broadcasting a stretched signal. There are a few details that could be different about the design, but all in all it is a pretty good (fairly sensitive) receiver.
What Scooper said about it being necessary to have a HDMI or component connection to be able to use the menus is correct. Being as you state you will need a receiver I'm guessing you're using a display panel with some decent connectivity. I'm using a Pannsonic 9uk pro panel and running the 260 receiver via component...it works fine. It's channel scanning isn't the greatest in that once you scan for channels to add another channel you have to manually enter it or either do another complete scan....subsequent scans erase earlier scans.
My 260 has been up and running for a bit over two years now with no problems to speak of.
Another option is to find an older, surplus Samsung HD satellite receiver with OTA capabilities...most will have either DVI and component connections. The SIR-TS360 is a good one with DVI and component connections. A later model is the TS451...which can de-code channels in the clear on cable. Both of these have pretty good hd receivers (thought I think the 260 is a bit hotter of a receiver) With any of these satellite receivers be sure it has (or you have access to) the access card...
without it you may not be able to set up OTA reception. One other point is that the 260 does not receive analog signals...the satellite receivers do. Used satellite receivers will run 1/2 to 2/3 the price of a 260.
PS... DUH, just realized that you may very well be needing a tuner because of the digital transition. If your television is a standard 4:3 CRT or whatever with s-video or less, then the 260 won't really give you your money's worth...you would indeed be better off with a CECB just as Scooper suggested. Some of these boxes might just have a newer (more sensitive) receiver, too. I could've went in and deleted what I wrote about the connectivity but figured it might help somebody else.
Having said all of that...any of these boxes will pretty much work with a standard definition or HD television.