To watch HDTV on your HDTV, you need to feed HD (High Definition) programming to
it. Your best choice is an HD satellite receiver or HD cable box. If you don’t
mind using a UHF TV antenna, you can receive HDTV programming over the airwaves.
For movie lovers, you can buy a Blu-Ray DVD player that can play the new HD encoded
At minimum you need an HD Source, an HDTuner/Receiver, an HDTVDisplay, and the
Cablesto connect the separate pieces. Once you have the required components, you
also need to tune into a high definition (HD) program.
HDTV “Off-Air” Antenna
You need two things to receive HDTV over the air A UHF and possibly a VHF antenna
and a DTV tuner. A DTV tuner, also called an ATSC tuner, is built into all new HDTV’s,
many older HDTV’s, and can be purchased separately. You’ll need a fairly good signal
to receive HDTV, but don’t worry about the ghosts you see with analog TV. It’s non-existent
with DTV. If your signal is marginal, it will just cut out. To find available DTV
channels in your area and to determine the size of your UHF antenna visit anntenaweb.org.
You may find you still need a VHF antenna (used to receive analog channels 2-13)
for HDTV. The Federal Government chose to cater to the wireless companies’ preferences.
Your local cable company, such as Comcast or Time Warner, can install an HD Set Top
Box and connect it to your HDTV. I recommend you get the DVR model that allows you
to record and play back TV programs
Exclusively from Verizon, FIOS is a combination HDTV Source (like cable), telephone
and Internet service. It is recommended if its available and it fits your needs.
Receive your HDTV programming from the sky. Get an HD Receiver with a DVR.
Blu-Ray DVD players play HDTV quality DVD size disks. Movies never looked so good.
Stores DVD’s as video files on a hard disk. Many also play Internet video content.
HD Tuner/ Receiver
HD Set Top Box
Satellite Service Provider
HD Satellite Receiver
Blu-Ray DVD Player
HD Video Server
DTV tuners are built into most HDTV’s. Cable and satellite providers also have HD
DVR models that can record and playback TV programs.
A high-tech alternative is an HDTV Multimedia PC. They come with a DVR (Digital
Video Recorder) program and DTV tuner for an all out PC based media center that serves
up traditional and Internet programming. You can rip or download DVD’s and store
them on your hard disk. Some standalone video servers also allow video to be played
directly from the Internet No more running to the PC to watch YouTube.