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SkyLander
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« on: November 08, 2004, 01:39:33 AM »

The family is scoping out a new 50-60 inch Sony Wega  :twisted:  with HDTV. Since we will have a HDTV that either has the tuner built in or is HD Ready we are wondering what is the best way to go HDTV wise. Right now we got Dish network and for 10 bucks more a month you can get 5 HD channels but no local HD channels and you have to buy the HD reciever out of pocket, no spiffy deals.

Charter HDTV looks to be similar to Dish but you can get local with it. Granted there is nowhere on the charter site that I can find out  if charter has an HD DVR reciever. Granted if possible we would like to not go with charter they turned out to be overly expensive.

Also looked at VOOM! which looks interesting with 35 HD channels(!) but for install you can do 499(!) which is excessive to say least when we installed our last dish by ourselves. Also the everything pack is 89 a month which isn't to bad all things considering. Also says nothing about local channels in HD and VOOM! doesn't have a DVR box yet from what I could tell.

Havent looked at DirecTVs options for HD I'm scoping those out atm.


Any info would be appreciated on whether they have experience with HD stuff or the 50-60 inch Sony Wega rear projection tv :twisted:
Thanks in advanced!
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2004, 02:04:18 AM »

I have Comcast with the HDTV package.  The Motorola DCT6208 is the HDTV reciever/DVR that they hooked me up with.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2004, 04:13:24 AM »

Just got Voom last week or so.

  Local HD channels are included, but what you get is an HD antenna along with your dish.  Reception depends on your local reception availability.  I've had few problems, but I have enormous trees in my front and back yards so if you have clear line of sight and/or no obstructions nearby you may never notice anything.

  Satellite-wise, I've had some interesting weather around here lately so I can tell you that when satellite signal strength goes under 70% you're SOL.  I don't know if that means anything to you but it can't hurt to tell you.

  As for the HD channels it's sort of like cable when it first came out.  Lots of crappy movies and some good content spattered about.  Discovery HD kicks ass, as does PBS HD (which is a local channel for me).  Voom has about 15 self promoted channels and plays many bad to passable shows on them.  I do like the music stations at the end of the channel spectrum, it's like that satellite radio thing.  Spartan?  I can't remember the name.

  For some reason for me SciFi channel is completely sporadic reception-wise.  Not that they're any good anymore, but it's annoying.  Locally I get more than one channel for the local stations, either their radar or still cams about town.  It's cool enough to mention smile  You might get the same sort of thing.

  It seems to me that their satellite is low in the sky so if there is lots of weather or clouds in the way the reception gets pretty bad.  A few million tons of water refracting microwave signals will do that.  I know as soon as there is a blizzard here my reception will die for sure.  If you live in Seattle or a very rainy place I doubt you want Voom.  I live in MI (where it's almost as cloudy) and I feel like I'm on the edge of acceptability.

  Sound is great.  My TV has good speakers, but the box has both optical and coax 5.1 ports.  I hooked it into my receiver and it's as good as any DVD.

  Hope that helps.  I like Voom a lot, but I haven't had cable for 3 years since I moved into my house.  I'm cheap like that.

  One more thing, there's a setting for the non-HD display to squish the picture to 4:3 or stretch it out, I suggest 4:3 mode.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2004, 05:17:05 AM »

Thanks mb,  the world of Hi Def really does seem like a total gamble, in that picture quality and be totally different between 2 different recievers. Also seems that if you want HD local channels you need to get an antennea or rabbit ears even.

So it really does seem a crapshoot whether you get what you pay for, or your fighting to get a better quality reciever. Although dish just totally lowered the price of there 921 PVR HD reciever to combat Directvs HDTivo from 999 down to 540. So HD through dish does seem to cost substancially less than DirecTV atm.
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2004, 05:25:54 AM »

I get my HD via DirecTV (I have the HD DirecTivo).

For local channels antenna is definitely the best way to go.  If you live in a house put an old-fashioned UHF antenna in your attic and hook it to the TV (if it has a HD decoder) or an external decoder.  Reception does vary depending on the area but I'm able to get all of the locals in HD.  Go to www.antennaweb.org and put in your address to find out what kind of reception to expect.  The antenna thing is surprisingly easy to do.
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