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Nov 29, 2009 9:41 pmMom's new HDTV is not in HD#

Ron Sam
Mom got a new Samsung LED HDTV and she tells me that Time-Warner wants to sell her a High Def converter box so that she gets the 1080p quality on her new set. There is a one-time charge for the box then a monthly fee subscription that doubles her current monthly subscription.

What is that box, all I see are DTV converter boxes for old CRT type sets with an analog tuner.

Can that box be bought outright and without subscription fees in the future?

I think without the HD convert box she will only get 480i resolution.

Frankly, I'm surprised since I get 1080i HD resolution with a roof antenna with my Sony LED HDTV and the pictures look suburb. I have a BD and the quality is also very very HD, I can live with the 1080i source for free.

Ron

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Nov 29, 2009 11:10 pmre: Mom's new HDTV is not in HD#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Ron,

Your Mom has an HDTV. How does she access TV? I would think if she had cable service that she would easily access 1080i simply by hooking up to the cable box. Did I hear right that you do not have cable, but access your TV signals via an antenna? Yet, on your HDTV, you have 1080i. Is that correct?

Lamar Morgan
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Nov 30, 2009 2:03 amre: re: Mom's new HDTV is not in HD#

Ron Sam
Lamar,

Like I said it would double her current cable sub with TW Cable. Your assumption that HD or high def is not sold in increments, that full 1080p is a given - not true with TWC.

I believe she only gets standard 480i resolution with her current sub. The converter box that they want to sell her cost a fee for the box and also an add-on for the subscription to the HD box, that will nearly double the cost of her current cable subscription.

She lives in a seniors only community where the subscription prices is greatly discounted due to the bulk discounts the community admin has negotiated.

It might be for that reason TWC wants to sock it to the seniors. The cable service in that area was recently changed from Verizon to TWC and some of the free premo stations she got with Verizon disappeared when TWC took over. Anyway, that's what the repair guy told her when he came over to help her with her old tv set, I guess to prepare her since he knew that her old tv was going south.


As for my situation, I only watch the news and a few CSI type shows and I get tv broadcast in high def over an antenna. if you go into any Radio Shack they can explain it to you and sell you an antenna.

Just know the difference between 1080i and 1080p. Blue ray is full 1080p and streaming at better than 25 mbps, that's a lot of information flowing.

ron

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Dec 01, 2009 5:31 amre: re: re: Mom's new HDTV is not in HD#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Ron,

I did some research on the Internet regarding 1080i and 1080p. From what I learned, unless you are looking at a CRT monitor, what you are likely viewing is 1080p (as in progressive scan like a LCD or Plasma HDTV). 1080i is the old way. 1080p is the new way.

Lamar Morgan
CDMM - Synergistic Business Marketing
(707)709-8605
Need PR?...Call Lamar!

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Dec 03, 2009 12:43 amre: re: re: re: Mom's new HDTV is not in HD#

Ron Sam
Lamar,

Here is a good explanation
http://www.cnet.com/hdtv-resolution/

If you're looking for a new LCD HDTV don't be fooled by contrast ratios. There are no approve standards of measurement yet. Whatever they print on the box cannot be proved or disproved.

On the BF sales I got three 32" LCDs and returned two. They were a Magnavox, Samsung and Sony. They are all 720p and one said 15,000:1 contrast, another said 60,000:1 contrast and the Sony which I kept said 13,000:1 contrast ratio. If you could compare the units side by side you may see a difference in picture quality, but they will be close.

I chose the Sony Bravia 32" because Sony has the highest rating for longevity.

Ron

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Dec 06, 2009 6:47 amre: re: re: re: re: Mom's new HDTV is not in HD#

Ron Sam
I found out about the box. It's a Motorola DCH6416 Digital cable 1080P tuner.

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