[Novalug] HDTV for 59$ (linux supported)
maxpublic07 at maxwellspangler.com
Fri Mar 16 13:58:12 EDT 2007
On Fri, 16 Mar 2007, Miguel Gonzalez wrote:
> I have a Dell Inspiron and in the specs they say I have a S-Video output, I
> guess that's the one you mean. My TV only has coaxial antenna, I have not
> seen any other jack, Do you think that I would be able to connect the output
> of my laptop to my TV?
> I have checked the website and the list of only digital channels are 6 !! :S
> That's not many...
There are some important things to keep in mind about getting HDTV receiption:
1) Broadcast HDTV is free, so if you have a tuner, you can receive your local
channels for free. That means free HD news (if they produce it) and prime
time television shows in HD. As times goes on all television will switch to
HD so you'll eventually be watching everything [ new ] in HD.
2) You get "high definition" broadcast local channels with an HDTV tuner, plus
2-3 "subchannels" which are normal or low quality channels put out by the same
producer. This allows a local station to show something on their main HD
channel plus two or three other things on their sub channel. Some stations
replay their news broadcast all day, others show weather information, others
show the same HD content in non-HD. So compared to cable or satellite it is
less channels, but compared to traditional broadcast, HDTV receiption is
higher quality and more channels by quantity.
3) If you have Dish or DirecTV with local channels being beamed down from the
satellite, it's likely those local channels are not in HD. If anyone can
comment on this, I'd appreciate it. See #5 below.
4) When I last looked about a year ago, paying the premium for HD with cable
or Dish network didn't get you much. A handful of channels, usually with
limited content. When you see something you like, hopefully it's worth the
extra money, but you're going to find yourself watching a lot of non HD
content on that HD television setup.
5) Transmitting HD either by broadcast, cable or satellite takes a lot of
bandwith. Some companies like Dish Network don't seem to have much capacity
so you don't get manny HD channels. DirecTV, IIRC is sending up new
satellites to fix this for their subscribers.. One reason I didn't jump into
HDTV before last year was simply that I was waiting for the balance between
content and cost to work itself out. In my opinion, many people in the past
have paid way too much for HDTV and gotten too little.. These days its about
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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