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Topic: HD with antenna on Direct?
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Im setting up a HD72 for Direct Tv and component DVD. Two questions.
1 with Direct Tvs regular receiver + can I get HD quality from my antenna with a s-video cable? Or do I need an HD receiver? I want to get local chanels in HD over the antenna but I dont want to fork over the extra 300 for the HD+ receiver and pay extra for HD programming monthly
2 My surround system only has composite outputs but my dvd player has component outs. should I run the dvd direct to the HD72 with component cables and then run s-video from my Direct Tv box to the HD72 also?
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You will need a reciever capable of decoding HD - the directv standard reciever will not do it. I just bought an additional Directv HD reciever from Walmart for $98 with no program commitment required. I would recommend you spend the money as you will be blown away by the difference with the HD on your HD72 and it will allow you to pick up HD locals with an antenna. That's what I have and I just finished watching Monday night football in HD. Use the component cables where possible as it will give a better picture.
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So can I buy a HD DVR from someone other than Direct. and just get HD on antenna? I dont want to sign up for Direct HD rigt now. But I do want DVR and HD off of local chanels. BTW i am tilefish who originaly started this question but for some reason the site would not allow me to sign in. some sort of glitch I guess. so i signed up on another email address.
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Yes, you can use any HD DVR to receive and record HD channels. The thing you are looking for is called an ATSC tuner. ATSC is the standard by which HDTV is broadcast and if you have one of those tuners, with an antenna, you can get over-the-air (OTA) programming.

Some basics you don't know.

HDTV can only be sent over the following connections:
Component video (analog connection - on almost everything)
HDMI (current digital connection - very common on new displays)
DVI (early digital connection - less often on newer displays)
VGA (rarely used)

SDTV is what is sent over the following connections:
S-Video (round 4-pin connector)
Composite video (single yellow connector)

If you are using s-video or composite video you will NEVER see the full resolution that HD offers. In fact, it is likely you are seeing about 1/4 the resolution HDTV offers. So use HDMI and component video to achieve full HD resolutions!
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If you want an HD DVR you are talking about more money. But if you want over the air HD tuner you could just buy the Directv HD unit and use it to recieve over the air channels without any extra cost. If you already have regular Directv the $98 dollar upgrade is the best way to get HD - the HD package is $10 a month with 3 months free to start. If you subscribe to HBO or Showtime the HD feed is included w/o charge. Here is a link for HD DVR's - they are good to deal with but the price of a non Directv DVR is expensive
http://www.weaknees.com/series-3-hd-tivo.php
[Edited by Cyclonegord on Nov 7, 2006 at 8:06 PM]
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