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Old 04-29-2009, 01:31 PM
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If you're not quite ready to take the plunge but want to make sure you're ready for the digital transition on June 12, you can start by buying an analog-to-digital converter if you do not have cable or satellite service. These are somewhat inexpensive and you can still apply for coupons for discounts on the boxes from the federal government. Even if you do have cable or satellite, it may be worth purchasing one so if there is an outage you can continue to watch some television uninterrupted, and also so you can view digital sub channels that may not be carried by your cable or satellite provider.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:38 PM
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When you do decide to buy a digital TV, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE BUYING!! Although retailers are now mandated by the FCC that they must either sell TVs with digital tuners or make sure that remaining TVs without digital tuners have disclaimers noting this, some fly-by-night dealers may "forget" about these rules, leaving you with a worthless TV after the transition!
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:39 PM
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Know your terminology. Not all digital TVs are capable of full transmission of High Definition Television, or HDTV. HDTV requires a digital signal to work and to provide the full images, but the smaller and less expensive TVs may not be able to reproduce these images fully.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:39 PM
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Determine whether or not you wish to purchase a digital TV that has Cathode-Ray Tube (CRT) screen, rear projection, or flat-panel TV (either with either Liquid Crystal Display or Plasma display). Keep in mind that CRT technology is probably what your current television uses, and that the size of the screens on CRT televisions are somewhat limited, and the TVs themselves can be quite heavy and bulky. Rear-projection sets are going to be less expensive than flat-screen displays, but will not reproduce images with the same clarity and definition, and once again, can also be very heavy and cumbersome (even more so than CRT screens).
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:39 PM
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If you are buying a flat-panel TV, determine what size screen you will need for your room. You do not need a TV that will overwhelm the room. If this is a TV for a small office area, you do not need a 47-inch behemoth! A 15-inch or 19-inch screen will probably work fine for you. Keep in mind that with digital television, the picture definition will be much clearer and sharper than with standard analog, and you may be able to notice things on a smaller digital screen you may have missed on a larger analog one!
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:40 PM
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If you decide to buy a flat-panel TV, you will need to determine if you are going to purchase one with an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or Plasma Screen. If you are buying a smaller TV, this decision will be easy, since few manufacturers make small Plasma screens, and those that are sold can be quite expensive compared to the LCD screens of the same size. For larger TVs, many believe Plasma is the best value with the best picture, though LCD screens have improved greatly over the last few years and the picture difference is now hardly discernible. Both LCD and Plasma thus far seem to have the same reliability records, though LCD screens are easier (and less expensive) to have repaired as need be.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:40 PM
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Once you have decided what type of TV you are buying, determine what type of picture quality is optimal for you. The less expensive TVs offer HDTV in 720p (720 pixels of vertical resolution with progressive-scan), while more expensive ones offer HDTV in 1080i (1080 pixels of vertical resolution interlaced). At this time 1080i is the absolute highest standard of HDTV broadcast, yet many broadcasters still only offer HDTV in 720p, and many experts believe the difference between the two standards is virtually non-existent to the naked eye.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:40 PM
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Don't forget your peripherals! Your TV will come equipped with the standard A/V cables (red and white for audio, yellow for video), but if you have cable or satellite service, you may wish to go the extra mile and purchase Component or S-Video cables for improved picture clarity, or take it even further and invest in HDMI cables for optimal picture and sound quality.
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Once you have purchased your TV,it is now more important than ever to read any instructions or manuals that come with the new set. You may even wish to pay the extra money for professional installation if you wish to mount your TV on the wall. There are so many new and different options to choose from with digital TV and HDTV that it is well worth the time to sit down and read the documentation so you know exactly what to expect.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:42 PM
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When you are all set with your digital and/or HDTV experience, you may decide now would be a good time to upgrade your other devices. Blu-Ray DVD players offer a more optimal picture quality than standard DVD. Or, if you're not ready to make this switch, there are many DVD players now available with the capability of upgrading their pictures to near-1080i quality through the use of HDMI technology.
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