The HDTV thing

OK, so I got my new HDTV a few weeks ago using points accumulated for a sales contest. A nice 30" Toshiba widescreen. I was psyched. Movies looked great, got the component cables to hook up the XBOX, which bump it to 480p, though, I found out that my cheap Audiovox portable with composite cables is almost just as good. Then I got a view of the resolution for regular tv viewing. Not good. Very pixalated, and, well, crappy. Even 1080i wasn’t that great. Had Time Warner cable out to check it, they said that they needed to run a whole new line into my building. Bummer.

But, wait a moment. There is actually a simple fix for this, I found out. The on-screen settings for the output formats were only set to 1080i, not 480i, 480p, and 720p. So, I turned the other 3 on. Makes a WORLD of difference. Channel resolution is now where it should be. I had been getting a little pissed off, let me tell you. Timer Warner cable should take note of this.

I can now watch my normal shows at pretty decent resolution, better then with a regular tv. Plus, all the nature shows I like. And Benny Hill. And Futurama. The true high def channels? WOW. Watching the Dodgers hit a grand slam in HD is incredible, especially in widescreen, plus even the sound is better. And some of the nature shows in HD are intense.

You need to get one of these.

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6 Responses to “The HDTV thing”

  1. Ogre says:

    I know I want one, but I know I can’t afford one right now…and I know the government is going to force me to buy one. &#*$((@*

  2. It’s very much worth it. I have been researching them since last August, but never got one since no hockey. If you are going to watch, that is the way to be.

  3. I have an HDTV tuner card for my TV. Sometimes I have a hard time getting it to lock in on the digital channels, and if the signal isn’t good, the audio gets very choppy. Of course, I don’t have cable and I live in a hole…

  4. When I said TV, I meant computer :p

  5. Ogre says:

    AND I’m going to be REAL annoyed because I’m sure I’ll need a different satellite to receive the broadcasts because the idiots installed the small, round dish when they installed my current DirectTV when I asked them to install the oval dish, knowing that I’d need it for HDTV eventually…

  6. Could be, no clue, though. My Mom asked me a similar question. Can’t wait till football season to watch it in high def.

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