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Old 12-04-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Would it be worth getting an HDTV if we have no HD devices?
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Would it be worth getting an HDTV if we have no HD devices?
Can you buy a non-HDTV any more?

What do you watch?
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Define HD devices.

If you mean Blu-ray, etc. We don't have any and we have HDTV.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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Not even cable?
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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we have a DVD/VCR combo, PS2, XBOX 360, and our little digital t.v. box. I was wondering because I was hooking up my parents HDTV the other day and tried hooking up the old DVD and the satellite box with the RCA cords and the TV didn't like it the picture was in black and white in kind of a checker pattern
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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Can you buy a non-HDTV any more?

What do you watch?
This.

I think all TVs now are HD. Even 720p is considered HD.

The Xbox 360 is an HD device though.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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we have a DVD/VCR combo, PS2, XBOX 360, and our little digital t.v. box. I was wondering because I was hooking up my parents HDTV the other day and tried hooking up the old DVD and the satellite box with the RCA cords and the TV didn't like it the picture was in black and white in kind of a checker pattern
Not sure exactly what you did but I suspect you made an error in cabling. Perhaps you connected a composite video output ("yellow RCA") to a component video input on the TV. Component video has three cables in addition to the two for audio.

Any DVD player today should be hooked up to an HDTV just because of the widescreen format of an HDTV.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Even if you have no HD "devices", there are still channels transmitted over-the-air that can be received (in some areas) with as little as a coat hanger plugged into the antenna terminal of any TV made after 2007 or so. All the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, etc.) transmit much of their programming in HD. Some local newscasts and syndicated programming is also carried in HD. You would not believe how many people think that with the digital transition and all, you NEED cable to watch TV. Simply false.

Some cable companies also send the local affiliates in HD over cable unencrypted, which means all you need is a TV with a QAM tuner, which if I remember correctly most newer TVs include (correct me if I'm wrong). This practice, however, is in decline as more and more cable companies go all-digital and all-encrypted.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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Would it be worth getting an HDTV if we have no HD devices?
I would wait until 2000. I hear that the technology will be better by then.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I would wait until 2000. I hear that the technology will be better by then.
HEY....be nice this is my first time buying a tv
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