Cable, Satellite Or OTA Antenna...What Will You Choose?

By: Jim Williams

I own an HDTV...now what? If you own a high definition tv you can get high definition images! There are three options obtainable to you: over-the-air signals, cable or satellite.

Over-the-air signals... recall the old relic antennas on all the roofs back in a day. Well conceive it or not they are coming back in style! Only these are the hd antenna type that are specially fashioned to find signals that are digital and cipher in HD.

Another benefit over this antenna compared to the old analog is with and high definition antenna you will not get ghosting or noise. This is because the communication now will be in a digital format. So now you either get the signal or you don't!

That's the beauty of digital. Over-the-air (OTA) signals are free to receive. The only out of wallet cost would be for the hdtv antenna itself needful to obtain them.

To get HD programing from your cable/satellite company you would have to agree to their High def bundle. Be alert tho' that this subscription is not free. The company might require a minimum length of service and generally charge an extra fee to find your near-by hi def channels.

Does a HDTV mean I'm watching high definition? No. Just owning a high definition tv is the prime step in watching HD shows. Does your TV have a HD receiver? The tuner will either be built into the television or an external set-top box is required.

The set-top boxes can be bought in almost any electronics store, but most will originate from your cable or satellite server. Eventually you'll either have to subscribe to a bundle or buy an antenna for over-the-air (OTA) reception.

Once you have all of these requirements in order then it is up to you to find an HD broadcast to get started watching hd programing. What do all the numbers mean? HDTV programming is encoded with a type of resolution: 720p, 1080i or 1080p.

The numbers stand for the amount of lines embedded within the signal. The letter signifies the type of scan your TV uses to produce the image. The 'i' means interlaced and the 'p' means progressive. HDTV is the highest form of digital tv.

It has an aspect ratio the same as a film theatre display. This probably is the number one reason this format has become such a hit. The added is the lucidity (resolution). HDTV is the highest accessible digital source to date. Enjoy the new digital future!

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