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HDTV Setup I just got a new HD TV and I'm not quite sure how to set it up. Time Warner gave me RCA cables and I think to get the best picture I need HDMI cable.But given this, when I run the cable line into the converter box do I need to run the cable from the out line to the TV and the HDMI cable or just the HDMI cable? I tried setting up with just the RCA cable coming from the converter box but the message on the TV stated weak or no signal.

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It wont hurt to run both to the set, they wont interfere with each other

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Got the digital set up box from Time Warner Cable but they did not include hook-up instructions.

If you have an HDTV, you can hookup HDMI cable from set-top-box to the HDTV's HDMI input and select that input on the TV using your remote. If you have analog TV, you can hookup using RCA cables (yellow to yellow, white to white). You could also call Time-Warner for assistance.

May 16, 2011 | Flat Panel Televisions


So you just got your new HDTV and the piture isn't as good as you thought.

There are some things you need to know when setting up your HDTV.

First off, you need to use HDMI cables to connect your tv to your cable box or you will not get HD. That being said the first thing you will find is that HDMI cables are expensive. Although you can buy a really cheapo cheap one, be careful. Make sure it can support 1080p or the max resolution your TV displays at. Some of the cheaper ones can only support up to 720p.

So you hooked it up to the cable box using an good HDMI cable and you still do not have the picture you should. There are a few things you may still need too do to get 1080i out of it. Yes, I said 1080i. Even though your tv may be up too 1080p, cable and dish networks only transmit up too 1080i. But don't worry, 1080i is amazing for cable/dish.

First thing you need to make sure of is, does your cable/dish receiver support HD? If you have had the same box for a long time, it may not. You will have to call your provider to get an updated box. If you recently got cable/dish and the box is new, most likely your good to go. Also, it will most likely say on it, HDTV, 1080i or something related to HD on it.

Now you are good to go with you box because it is in fact HD compatible. Some cable boxes may need to be configured for HD. You don't need an HDTV signal if you don't have an HDTV, and not every one does, so why send the unit configured for HD. You need to go into your cable/dish settings and make sure you set the HD set up to display in 1080i.

Okay you set the box to 1080i. There still could be some setting on the TV if your not getting the best picture.

Make sure you are on an HD channel. Make sure you do not have zoom on, and that the TV is set to display an aspect ratio that is determined by the program, or auto. Not all TV's have these settings. Likewise, some tv's allow you to select the max resolution, if this is the case make sure it is set to 1080p, the max it can be.

You should at this point have an excellent picture on the HD channels. Not all channels are HD.

Now, a few other things not worthy as a new owner of an HDTV.

a standard dvd player does not play in high def. they have a max resolution of 480p. 480p is going to look really good if its the first time you watch a dvd on an HDTV, but it can be a lot better. For around starting at $45 and up, you can buy a DVD player that can upscale your dvd's to 1080p when you use HDMI and you will get amazing picture. But for around starting at anywhere from $100 to $150 and up, you can get your self a blu-ray player that will play blu-ray disks, and give you amazing beyond belief picture, and it will upscale your dvd's.

So you got a blu-ray. First thing I can say is I hope your refresh rate is at least 120hz or better. 60hz may disappoint you with a blu-ray player.

Blu-ray can play movies in their native 24 frames a second format of which they were filmed in. However, at 60hz, you will run into a problem trying to play the movie in 24fs. now I am not going to get technical with this, just to let you know, you need 120hz or better to use 24fs. You can turn it off, but you will get blur and it will not be as smooth. As well, with most players you must enable 24fs in the settings, usually by default, it is off,

So to recap:
  • Make sure your cab/dish box is HD compatible.
  • Always use HDMI cables.
  • Check settings on cable/dish box and make sure its set to 1080i.
  • don't use zoom.
  • If applicable, make sure tv settings are at max res of 1080i
  • you need an upscaling DVD player or Blu-ray player to watch your DVD's in HD.
  • Also must us HDMI.
  • Can't use 24fs if you have 60hz refresh rate, but can if 120 or better.
  • 24s is usually off by default.

on Mar 06, 2010 | Flat Panel Televisions

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Do i need time warner converter to recieve hdtvor is tv tuner capable of hdtv

The answer is not as easy as you might think.
1. Since you poted this as a Generic tv, i don't know if you have a digital tuner, check you owners manual and see if a digital tuner is included in your set.

2. You need to contact time warner cable and see if they are broadcasing your local chanels in hd, Here where we are in ohio they are but i cannot speak for the time warner cable where you are at.

If you need a more specific answer reply with model and where you live.

Sep 03, 2009 | Vizio Flat Panel Televisions

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Cannot see words at the bottom of the screen.

i think you should call them first, time warner, i don't see any problem with your try evrything and only this time warner is the only problem.they are sending incompatible tv formats.

May 31, 2009 | Pioneer Elite PRO-1540HD 60 in. Plasma...

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Sony 52" Bravia LCD will drop picture and sound for 1-2 seconds

the only thing that i can think of is that the cables and connections are bad but if that is not the case it may be the internal components of the tv. my guess is that the tv was dropped or jumbled around while transported and what happened was internal components were broken or just mixed up so go to the retailer and get a refund or a new tv. hope this helps

May 22, 2009 | Sony BRAVIA KDL-52W4100 52 in. LCD HDTV

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Picture quality for gaming

Match the PS3's output resolution to your TVs (in this case 720p).
Don't sit too close, otherwise you'll start to see individual pixels.
Make sure the HDMI cable is good quality.
As for picture settings, they will very so much according to the viewing conditions that i cannot give you settings that are gauranteed to work for you. But sharpness should always be 0 when dealing with HD content.
If you want to really get the best picture from your TV, try using a THX disc to calibrate it. Luckily these are normally included on Disney PIXAR DVDs, so go find yourself a copy of CARS or something. Follow the instructions of the THX setup, and you should have youself a sweet looking picture in no time.

Hope this Helps.

Apr 28, 2009 | Samsung PS50A457 50 in. Plasma TV

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Dvd is grainy picture

You can use your old on, but I am guessing it doesn't have progressive scan. If it does, make sure to hook it to your TV using a component cable.( RED GREEN BLUE ) Then you will have to hook the audio up seperately with a standard red and white RCA cable. Do nt try to use a standard RCA video cable in the place of a componenet cable. Once you have the compnent (RGB) cable and RCA (RW) cable hooked to the TV, check the DVD menu and make sure it is set to Progressive Scan. If you want the best picture for your HDTV. I highly reccomend a blu-ray disc player. That is the highest quality. There are some prety good upconverting DVD players out there. They take the 480p signal and upconvert them to 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. These have HDMI outputs and connect quickly and easily to the TV you have. Most of them can be purchased for less than 100 bucks. But this would be your second best option. Before you shell out 400 bucks on a blu-ray player, go to a rental company and rent a blu-ray player. Once you see the quality of blu-ray, I think you will run out and buy one!

Jan 10, 2009 | Toshiba 19HLV87 19 in. LCD HDTV

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HDMI cable installed, have picture but no sound?

hdmi is pic only, you need to connect the sound cables too.

Dec 02, 2008 | LG 42LC2D 42 in. LCD HDTV

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it's probably the Time Warner cable box that have issue and not the TV. Try using a DVD player and test the same input, it should work fine.

Nov 15, 2008 | Vizio P50HDTV10A 50 in. Plasma HDTV

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1. you should have a HD source, such as direct tv with HD channels
2. You need to connect this source with a HDMI cable
3. Make sure all the setting match from the source to the tv

May 11, 2008 | LG 47LC7DF 47 in. LCD HDTV

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