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The bug at the bottom during the beginning of Haken was to inform viewers that on Feb 2009 the analog stations will be going dark. So you must update to digital broadcasting. class blockquote brad6 wrote:
I was pondering about a Samsung LN-T3253H. However it may not be available by the time I make up my mind. Does it make any changes necessary for hooking up with my present DVD all region player??
There should be no changes. That DVD player will still function with a HDTV. You may try to connect the DVD player through Component Video instead of S-Video or RCA/Composite video. This will give you a more crisp picture. You can connect the DVD player any way you like. It won't change much.

Another thing we must remember is that DVD is not High Definition. Also, not every channel broadcasts in HD as well. Alot of people buy HDTV's and "think" they are watching a better feed but they are not. You need to tune in specifically to a High Definition channel to be able to see that kind of programming. Not every program is in high definition either. class blockquote lilnemo wrote:

Why not just get a new DTV--which will also be an HDTV--with its improved picture quality minus all the hassles of the old Analogs.
Not everyone can buy new TV's. I'm willing to wager that the majority of people fall into this category. They simply can't afford to shell out more money for a new TV when they are financially strapped. Eventually analog sets will disappear but you can't expect that to happen in the 1st year. This is going to take a long time.

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Thanks for that info moises. I will keep it in mind when I finally get shopping for new TV. In any case I intend to call Cox Cable because I pay a monthly fee for extra service if necessary for TV and PC and Telephone. they have always been good with their service.
I can also have the store install or call Cox and they will install. Now with your info I can ask intelligent questions....at least I can sound intelligent!!!

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Component Video instead of S-Video or RCA/Composite video. This will give you a more crisp picture. You can connect the DVD player any way you like. It won't change much.
I have a question in regard to using Component Jacks ( green, red, and blue) versus RCA jacks ( yellow).....When I watch a DVD movie with the subtitles option on, there is a difference between using component and RCA jacks..

The Subtitles will disappear after a few seconds like it should be in RCA jacks. But if I use Component jacks, the subtitles remains until the next new phrase. This is very distracting and annoying emoticon Even though Component jacks might give better video, I end up using RCA most of the time, because I like watching movies with subtitles on .

Do you know a way of fixing this? I’ve tried to change different mode, but still could not get rid of this problem. Did this ever happen to you or am I doing something wrong???



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Sounds like its the DVD player. Your TV doesn't regulate that sort of thing. The DVD player sends out all the information and it just reproduces what it receives. It is really odd that something like that would occur. I've had problems with subtitles disappearing too fast. But a quick stop and play would fix it.

My best guess is that the DVD player is somehow screwing up the signal for the component video. Or that is a "feature" of the DVD player. You should probably research your model number to see if other users are experiencing the same problems.
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I have tried 3 different DVD players—one all region, and 2 region 1. And same thing happens…..Are you using Component jacks or RCA jacks? And is your DVD player model very new? My players are at least 3 years old.

Thanks for your response, Moises.


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Usually the subtitle problem would be sporadic. Most of the time its non-existant. But it happens with the same model DVD player on different TVs. The DVD player is about 3-4 years old.

When it comes to subtitles, the DVD controls the start and stop times of subtitles. Those things are pre-rendered into the files on the DVD itself. The TV just needs to reproduce the signal. If different DVD players give you the same problems on the same TV while working perfectly fine on another TV... Then its the TV. I find it hard to believe that the TV can hold the subtitle unless it completely ignores the signal.
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Has anyone picked up a DTV converter box yet?

I've been checking out a few local merchants this past week, Radio Shack, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, etc... all were out of stock, except for Target, which had a couple of GE22729 models.

Most vendors say that they go pretty quickly when they receive shipment. Each carry a different brand. I didn't know much about specs on any of the units and the store employees were not much help, so I did some searching on the internet and found so much info, it made my head spin! emoticon

 emoticon I have been trying to figure out some of the reviews and ratings of various boxes and now I'm even more confused than ever, but it's a good thing I didn't purchase the GE units, as they are listed as one of the lowest rated.

Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB) (AVS Forum)
Comparison of CECB units

After studying the AVS forum and checking availability of different units, I finally decided on the DTVPal. Since my $40 discount coupons are ready to expire, I placed an order with DISH Network... they say 7-10 days, so I'll wait and see what happens.

DTVPal by DISH Network
Hands On With DTVPal

Something else I saw... there is a cool site called Antenna Web, where you enter your zip code and you'll get a listing of all the stations which you should be able to receive with the DTV box.

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Well we got our $40 coupon and my son picked up a converter box last night. This should be interesting. Still can't get channel 7 to come in - had GMA withdrawals this morning

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What type of antenna are you using? If they are rabbit ears, you may have to move it around a bit to get all stations. Since you're in the L.A. area, you should be able to get most all the stations... unless you live in a concrete bunker. emoticon

You might also try to re-scan for new channels... when I first hooked ours up, we didn't receive channel 11, but the second channel scan found it.

It may not be very attractive, but I've read on some of the DTV forums that some people have had some luck using the good old fashioned ball of foil on the antenna ends.

Try Antenna Web to see what stations you should be able to pick-up, and if you're using a rooftop antenna, it will tell you which direction to point it for best reception.

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Thanks for the help Bubu! Well after much scanning we finally got our channel 7 to show up but it doesn't come in. Do you think I need to rescan or it is amatter of just jiggling my rabbit ears or my loop. the scanning drives me crazy I've gotten results ranging from 18 channels to 51 and that is with just rescanning and not moving anything. Oh well.

Thanks again for the help and for the links

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