Fifty HDTV Channels Over-the-Air: FREE!

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[i]Editor's Note: This is pretty slick.[/i]

cnet.com
December 19, 2008 4:00 AM PST
You don't need satellite TV when times get tough
Posted by Marguerite Reardon

Top on the list of services to cut: the satellite TV package. [They] were spending $115 monthly for Dish satellite service, which gave them about 250 channels of programming. She and her husband only viewed about 25 of those channels.

James found a wealth of legitimate sources for TV programming online. Using an existing rooftop antenna, James plugged her TV into the hook-up to get more than 50 high-definition TV channels over-the-air. The cost: zero.

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Just another beautiful example of enomorous and far-reaching benefits accruing as digital technology drives the cost of information toward zero.

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Here in Farnkfort I need a satelite dish just to get the internet. :cry:

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The Way Life Should Be

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rklindell -

I'd contact my State Representative.

skf

rklindell
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:lol:

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I guess if you live in Oakland, California (as the subject couple do) and not Oakland, Maine, you might have a choice of 50 channels. But I'm not moving to Oakland, California!

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Over the past two weeks the "public service" announcements about
the digital switchover have been edited to include the following:

You "may" need to erect a 15 foot long super antenna if you're
25 to 55 miles away from the transmitter.
If you're over 60 miles away, start paying a monthly ransom to
your friendly cable guy (even if you are making do with your current weak analog signal.)

Calvin
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I'll go cable, thank you. I put in the converter and so far I have gained 2 channels, both are weather channels. Lets see, that gives me a grand total of 6 ! WOW! Am I impressed.

Mike Lange
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I just got a Time-Warner digital HDTV converter box, a five-connection, five-foot-long cable and a 55-button remote control yesterday.

I think I hooked up the box OK, although I haven't found any HDTV programs on this morning so I can't tell the difference. But it's going to take me the rest of the day to figure out what all the remote buttons are for. :lol:

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All the TW High Definition channels are in the 700's 704 to 780. They are mostly in High Definition. If the picture is square like a regular TV it is standard definition, if the picture fills the screen it is high def.

Mike Lange
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Hmmm. Picture was squashed top-and-bottom. I switched to HDMI on the TV remote and they came in fine, but then I lost the sound! I must have hooked up the five-section cable wrong. Oh, well - time to make a beer and mail run. :roll:

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First thought: there are three video cables, basically red, blue, green for simplicity. Since the picture is fine, those three connections are fine. The other two leads would be audio left/right. More than likely your TV has both audio [u]in [/u][i]and [/i]audio [u]out [/u]connectors; be sure your cable is hooked to the audio [i]in [/i]connections.

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The HDMI cable carries picture and sound, you do not need the 5 cable cord connected only the HDMI cable.

The 5 cable is component video and audio. Component video consists of three signals. The first is the luminance signal, which indicates brightness or black & white information that is contained in the original RGB signal. It is referred to as the "Y" component. The second and third signals are called "color difference" signals which indicate how much blue and red there is relative to luminance. The blue component is "B-Y" and the red component is "R-Y". The color difference signals are mathematical derivatives of the RGB signal. Then there are two audio signals right and left.

The HDMI carries all video and 8 channels of audio.

Naran
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Does the HDMI cable come with the pink sweater?

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pmh

Green doesn't need to be transmitted as a separate signal since it can be inferred from the "Y, B-Y, R-Y" combination. The display device knows how bright the image is from the Y component, and since it knows how much is blue and red, it figures the rest must be green so it fills it in.

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no only blue sweater with a collar

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I was simplifying the 3-video, 2-audio scenario; see "for simplicity" above. Since Mike mentioned a 5-cable connection, it's obvious he isn't using an HDMI cable. Dunno about the converter box, but my DVD/VCR has component connections but no HDMI whereas my TV has both types. Perhaps Mike has a similar situation. If he had and were using an HDMI cable, few of his former comments would have been made, especially the 5-cable reference.

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Thanks pmh..I mis-read.

I took it he had both HDMI and the 5-cable connected, since he said he had HDMI selected. Took it wrong.

Yes Mike if you do not have an HDMI cable connected you should not select HDMI on the menu.

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Correct: I don't have an HDMI cable. But I thought it was strange that the picture filled the screen when I switched to that format and it's squished otherwise.

I've switched a few things around and followed the color codes and in-out instructions to the best of my ability. But the G-D thing still isn't working right.

So I'll start reading the converter box instruction book, followed by the TV manual and then the book that came with the 55-button remote control. Good thing I stocked up on beer.

Naran: That video was hilarious. :lol:

Naran
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I knew you'd appreciate it. My favorite had to be the microwave.
:D

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Another element: on my HD TV remote, there's a "Standard/Fill" option whereby the regular 4:3 picture can be forced to fill the 16:9 screen. If the material is not originally formatted 16:9, it makes people look 25# overweight; the effect on scenery is not so noticeable. Just one more "compromise" of having one system do fundamentally different things with different signals. It's possible that in Mike's TV, the same circuitry is used to process both component and HDMI signals.

I don't dare microwave my remote: it has more buttons than the cockpit of a 747 (some of which I understand) but the TV has only 5 - really only 3: on/off, volume control & channels one-step-at-a-time. :wink:

Naran
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That cute little old pink-sweater lady has to be right up with the "Where's the Beef?" old lady of the 1980's.

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I'll tackle this project tomorrow between church and the Patriot's kickoff time. I was hoping to see the game in HD. Time-Warner originally sent me the wrong box, but quickly made amends.

At least the digital reception is much better than my old analog set.

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