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HDTV Receivers

You might not know it, but if you have an HDTV upgradeable TV and you don't own an HDTV receiver, you could really be missing out.

Why Change?
People who have made the switch to HDTV agree that there is nothing quite like it. Because HDTV uses advanced digital technology, the picture is so vivid and the sound is so intense viewers often feel like they have been sucked into the action on the screen instead of sucked into their couch cushions.

The difference in viewing quality is made possible by an HDTV reciever. A television receiver is the part of the system that picks up signals from different channels and converts them into a perceptible form. Only people with HD receivers or special HDTV sets are able to receive HDTV.

Many stations these days will precede their movies and regular programming with information that allows the viewer to know that the same program is available in HDTV form. Sometimes stations will make a note at the bottom of the screen that reads "Simulcast in HDTV" to let the viewer know that, if they have an HDTV receiver, they will be able to watch a more enhanced version of the movie or program.

Tips for Purchasing HDTV Receivers
If you do have an HDTV upgradeable TV and you're considering purchasing an HDTV receiver, there are a few things to keep in mind before you buy. First of all, for HDTV broadcasts you will need a specialized antenna. If you are considering taking advantage of HDTV on Direct TV, you may also need to purchase a special satellite dish if you don't have one already. However, if you already own a DIRECTV receiver, it can also act as your HDTV receiver.

If you can, try to purchase a receiver that is made by the same company that made your TV. This will ensure that the television and the receiver are compatible.

For the ultimate in versatility and convenience, choose a receiver that can pick up HDTV signals and conventional signals. This way you don't have to give up anything, but you'll be prepared once the channels you regularly watch begin to broadcast in high-definition (if they don't already).

Many consumer electronics retailers will carry HDTV sets, HD TV receivers and antennas. It is a good idea to see if your retailer will offer a 30-day return policy so that you can try the system out to see if you like it without having to fully commit.

The Right Set
It is important to remember that HDTV is best viewed on special, fully integrated, high-definition television sets or on HD monitors with separate HD receiver boxes.

When you purchase an HDTV system, you will notice that you will be able to receive two formats of HDTV: 720p and 1080i.

The 720p format makes a picture with 720 vertical lines, each with 1280 pixels horizontally and provides the smoothest possible motion rendition.

The 1080i format is the ultimate in high quality resolution and makes pictures with 1080 vertical lines which each have 1920 pixels horizontally. With either format, the viewer receives an experience that is leaps and bounds ahead of conventional analog television viewing.

Benefits of Having an HDTV Receiver
There are many advantages to having an HDTV system. The extra number of pixels in each picture ensures that the image quality with HDTV is sharper than you can imagine. The static-free, crystal-clear picture will make you weep in gratitude.

With the added perk of CD-quality digital sound or Dolby Digital surround sound, you will feel engulfed in the programs you watch. Plus, you will have a whole new appreciation of wide-screen. Since HDTV systems are designed for wide-screen viewing, you will no longer be annoyed by having to watch wide-screen movies on an old, square television.

You will also be able to stay one step ahead of the pack by purchasing a technologically advanced HDTV system. Many people feel that the analog television will be phased out in the next few years and HD will be the standard in television viewing. By purchasing an HD receiver or HDTV set right now you will be equipped when this change occurs.

There is no point in clinging to the past where television is concerned. You may be satisfied watching static-ridden analog television for now, but what most people don't realize is that HDTV is here to stay. Eventually everyone will need to buy HDTV receivers to watch TV. So why not start seeing things in high definition sooner rather than later?

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