On Your Side: Untangling the HD Mess

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

Taking the plunge into the world of high definition television can be frightening and confusing. You know you want it, but you don't know what to get. 12 On Your Side helps you out by untangling the HD Mess.

You walk into a store to take the next step in television, HD. But the moment you walk in, it overwhelms. What size TV do I need? What about all those cables? Where do I put it? So many questions and we're here to give you a few answers.

It literally is a whole new world. Your grandmother's TV is out and the TV of the 21st century is in. It's called HDTV, but with the new technology means more choices, selection and probably confusion.

Do you buy a big one or a small one? An expensive one or a not so expensive one? It's enough to drive you crazy.

12 On Your Side is here to calm your nerves.

We went to the headquarters of Scientific Atlanta to help you untangle the HD mess.

"Once you've watched high definition televisions, you don't want to go back." Dave Clarke of Scientific Atlanta said.

We enlisted the help of Dave to get your questions answered. The first step is doing some easy math to figure out how big of a TV you need.

"You measure the diagonal distance of the TV. Multiply that by 3. So if you have a 42 inches TV, that means 120 inches or 10 feet out is a good fit." he said.

That's easy enough. But what about all those cables??

"You're talking about the average consumer. Clearly store brands will be sufficient for them." he said.

Avoid the high-priced brands and you can save some serious cash.

Now choosing between the single-cable HDMI and the whole bunch of wires--component cables to connect to your TV. It depends on how many wires you want to have around.

"5 cables versus 1 cable. I choose 1 cable when it comes down to it. You do need these cables for high definition experience." he said while pointing to a set of each.

Okay, you've got your TV and your cables. How do you get an HD signal?

"Now that you've purchased an HDTV, unless you want to use rabbit ears, which you can to get off-air HDTV. You can go to your service provider to get an HDTV set-top box." he said.

That can be done with one easy phone call, though the HD cable or satellite box will cost you a few more dollars.

Lastly, where do you put it?

"It's a wider than a traditional TV from the last 10 to 20 years. It’s not going to fit in your existing entertainment center." he said.

That means spending a few more dollars, either on a new entertainment center or on mounting hardware so you can hang it on the wall.

It all comes down to doing a little homework and a little prep work.

Websites like http://www.hdclearandsimple.com can be a big help with that. This is a site that can help you pick out what's right for your living room. Either way, the revolution of HDTV is here. And now, you're a little more prepared to be a part of it.
Coming up in a year, big changes are coming to your TV and we've got a website to help you out.

Just go to click on the following link:
http://www.wrdw.com/digital


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