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I'm confused about HD (high definition) and digital

Are they the same? What can I expect with the coming changes?

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In the US, this affected first those using an antenna to receive signals. Satellite and cable are only affected if the sources decide to push you into buying a new set or expanded service. Your RCA will not be able to interpret any digital signal and HD signals are definitely digital, but digital signals are not necessarily high definition. If you wish to continue using your current set, you will have to procure a converter that will receive the digital signals and convert them into the previous analog format which you could then process with the RCA.
As a precaution borne of experience, I recommend you go the converter route even if you decide to purchase a new flat panel set. These are being built by a number of very 'iffy' companies alongside the established brands and even those are showing signs of being far less reliable than our old CRT clunkers. I have been recommending to all that they keep their old sets so that when the new (perhaps not yet paid for) flashy wide-screen sets **** out the first time, often weeks after the warranty expires. Although I am ordinarily against paying for an extended warranty, I strongly advise do so with these sets.
You can test my words by entering the word(s) 'plasma,' LCD and TV with either in the search window here at FixYa. You can then read the complaints from disappointed owners.   

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In Australia analogue TV signals will be phased out and finished by the end of 2009 (I think).
If you have a standard analogue TV you won't be able to receive any more free to air analogue TV programs when they stop brocasting these TV signals. To recieve the new digital signals you need to buy a digital set top box (which receives digital TV signals and converts it to analogue signal that can be displayed on your old TV). The set top box will only receive Standard Definition signals and this is a lower screen resolution that is available from High Definition signals.

Digital TV signals offer approx. 15 TV channels ln High definition and Standard Definition, different programs channels will be available from the same TV broadcaster, although the High Definition pograms will also be repeated on one of the Standard Definition channels.

High Definition gives a sharper image than Standard dedinition, but you may not notice much difference because it depends much on the material you are viewing, You will notice how clear DVD and BlueRay movies are compared with the VCR tapes. To get the best images from DVD movies your player must be connected to the HDMI connector on your High Definition TV (provided your DVD player has one, usually BlueRay players will have one, they also will play normal DVD disks).

If you purchase a new High Definition TV you will also be able to receive all the Digital TV programs. Currrently these TVs are avail in Plasma or LCD screens and there are newer technologies within a few years. The Plasma screens use twice as much energy (electricity) as a LCD screen. It is suggested that the viewing distance to the TV should be 3.5 times the size of the TV screen.

Hope this answers your query.
Get back to me if you have any more questions.


Posted on Mar 03, 2009

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    Chris Hingee Mar 04, 2009

    I forgot, currently in Australia the TV broadcasters are transmitting both analogue and digital TV signals.

    When you decide to buy a HDTV or SD set top box you may need to upgrade your TV antenna, (some existing TV antenna will receive digital signals OK).

    If the TV reception is weak, you will get video images that break up and the sound may also break up and you may get a screen message "Weak signal".



    I got a HDTV and enjoy the addition TV programs and DVD/Blueray movies and recommend getting a HDTV, as prices have dropped dramatically and probably will continue.

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