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Old 03-18-2009, 12:40 AM
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Yup. I'm still amazed at the number of people that hook up there hidef sets with composite or coaxial cable and think they are getting a hidef signal.
Coaxial cable does carry a HD digital signal. That's the normal cable from an antenna (or cable TV) to the tuner. Do you mean S-video?
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:35 AM
 
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Yup. I'm still amazed at the number of people that hook up there hidef sets with composite or coaxial cable and think they are getting a hidef signal.
Well, if they're going through a cable provider/satellite who is providing HDTV (currently at 720p for my provider), then they will indeed have high-definition channels through a coax attached to a tuner. But if they go from their High Definition cable/satellite box to their TV with a composite (or coax) cables, they won't have HD. They can probably watch the HD channels - but definitely not in High Definition. Switching to Component or HDMI would allow it. ((The cheap $5 HDMI work just as well as the $40 Monster ones - as it is a digital signal))

Short version, coax does allow for HD programming to exist. However, connecting to the TV with composite or coax cables will not result in HD. Same with S-Video.

Now, if somebody is using rabbit ears and a converter - they will get DTV. For those who don't know the difference:

DTV: Digital Television
HDTV: High Definition Television

There's a big difference. Currently, the government is forcing a switch from analog to digital, aka DTV. This is not high definition. It's just a change in the signal type to become much more efficient. Until the full switch is made, we won't know much the quality of the end result will be.

As for the notion that an HDTV is a rip-off? Watch a blu-ray movie through HDMI on a PS3 with an HDTV (1080p).. then watch the same movie through composite cables on a tube television. There's a huge difference in quality. The same goes true for gaming with the 360 or PS3. Believe me that High Definition makes a big difference with gaming.

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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Coaxial cable does carry a HD digital signal. That's the normal cable from an antenna (or cable TV) to the tuner. Do you mean S-video?
Oops I stand corrected. Many cable boxes don't give out a HD signal via coax, but you are indeed correct. It's the signal, not the cable.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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I have some HD channels with Comcast for free even though I don't have the main cable box on my HDTV , the picture is superb and so are my dvd movies.

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Old 12-30-2012, 03:50 AM
 
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I find HD to be a big joke and I just LOVE how many programs are CUT off with BLACK BARS at the top and the bottom of the screen. What a joke!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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I find HD to be a big joke and I just LOVE how many programs are CUT off with BLACK BARS at the top and the bottom of the screen. What a joke!
You're watching non-HD channels or older programs, and/or don't have your settings correct. The rest of the world has dealt with this already. Apparently you're not thatexperienced.

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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I find HD to be a big joke and I just LOVE how many programs are CUT off with BLACK BARS at the top and the bottom of the screen. What a joke!
I presume that you wrote this as sarcasm.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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Default Oh look!

This thread is really old. Apparently things have improved since 2008.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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I find HD to be a big joke and I just LOVE how many programs are CUT off with BLACK BARS at the top and the bottom of the screen. What a joke!
Your post is a big joke. Almost everything I watch is HD in widescreen format. Only older material in 4:3 format has black bars.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:26 AM
 
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HD is awesome better picture quality and sound quality. blu ray discs are made better than standard dvd discs. and my regular dvds look as good as blu ray in my upconverting player. I love the difference in how they make the movies on blu ray with how they make you feel like your in the movie. now if they would just put out a blu ray burner there out just not in the states except for the pc
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