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Just Bought an HDTV

Postby sox 06 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:20 pm

I just bought an HDTV and I have a question, is it normal for the cable picture to be a bit fuzzy? We don't have digital or HD cable because the TV is in my room and not the living room, but shouldn't the picture still look pretty good? I've played my Xbox on it (one of the reasons why I got it) and that looks great. I'v tried messing around with the settings but am I just wasting my time?
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby josebach » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:33 pm

sox 06 wrote:I just bought an HDTV and I have a question, is it normal for the cable picture to be a bit fuzzy? We don't have digital or HD cable because the TV is in my room and not the living room, but shouldn't the picture still look pretty good? I've played my Xbox on it (one of the reasons why I got it) and that looks great. I'v tried messing around with the settings but am I just wasting my time?


If it's an analog signal you're watching, then "yes" it could very well look fuzzy. Remember, the picture is only going to look as good as the signal being sent to it... no matter how good your tv is. The signal your X-Box is sending to the TV is a high definition signal. The signal coming from the cable out of the wall isn't. If you get a cable box and start receiving the digital channels and Hi-Def channels, you'll see a huge difference, however, even with a cable box the analog channels will still be mediocre.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby sox 06 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:35 pm

josebach wrote:
sox 06 wrote:I just bought an HDTV and I have a question, is it normal for the cable picture to be a bit fuzzy? We don't have digital or HD cable because the TV is in my room and not the living room, but shouldn't the picture still look pretty good? I've played my Xbox on it (one of the reasons why I got it) and that looks great. I'v tried messing around with the settings but am I just wasting my time?


If it's an analog signal you're watching, then "yes" it could very well look fuzzy. Remember, the picture is only going to look as good as the signal being sent to it... no matter how good your tv is. The signal your X-Box is sending to the TV is a high definition signal. The signal coming from the cable out of the wall isn't.

Hope this helps.

Alright, that's what I thought but I wanted to make sure ;-D
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby knapplc » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:47 pm

You may want to look into a signal booster. Depending on the type of cable running inside your house you could be getting a degraded signal that way. If you hook up a booster somewhere close to your TV that could help the signal. But JB is right - analog cable is never going to be that "pretty" on your HD TV.
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby sox 06 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:20 pm

knapplc wrote:You may want to look into a signal booster. Depending on the type of cable running inside your house you could be getting a degraded signal that way. If you hook up a booster somewhere close to your TV that could help the signal. But JB is right - analog cable is never going to be that "pretty" on your HD TV.

I've never heard of that before, I'll have to look into it.
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby Lofunzo » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:00 pm

knapplc wrote:You may want to look into a signal booster. Depending on the type of cable running inside your house you could be getting a degraded signal that way. If you hook up a booster somewhere close to your TV that could help the signal. But JB is right - analog cable is never going to be that "pretty" on your HD TV.


It could help but it could also hurt. It depends on why the signal is weak. If you amplify a bad signal, you could make it worse. I would get an HD box from my provider and work from there.
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby treat24 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:08 pm

Lofunzo wrote:
knapplc wrote:You may want to look into a signal booster. Depending on the type of cable running inside your house you could be getting a degraded signal that way. If you hook up a booster somewhere close to your TV that could help the signal. But JB is right - analog cable is never going to be that "pretty" on your HD TV.


It could help but it could also hurt. It depends on why the signal is weak. If you amplify a bad signal, you could make it worse. I would get an HD box from my provider and work from there.


yep yep, I was gonna post just about the same thing. Lo is definitely the guy to talk to on this one. ;-D
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby 5 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:18 pm

Yes I would strongly consider an HD box from your provider. You have the HDTV, you might as well take advantage.
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby sox 06 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:42 pm

5 wrote:Yes I would strongly consider an HD box from your provider. You have the HDTV, you might as well take advantage.

If I were to get the HD box, would I need to sign up for HD cable? I'm new and dumb when it comes down to HD stuff !+)
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Re: Just Bought an HDTV

Postby treat24 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:45 pm

sox 06 wrote:
5 wrote:Yes I would strongly consider an HD box from your provider. You have the HDTV, you might as well take advantage.

If I were to get the HD box, would I need to sign up for HD cable? I'm new and dumb when it comes down to HD stuff !+)


depends on your cab;e company, but most likely...
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