Learn how to shop for a new high-definition TV, and get the features you want for your budget and viewing style. Seattle journalist Clark Humphrey helps you sort through the jargon, understand the technology, consider a variety of peripherals, set up your new system, and find HDTV programming.
Clark also looks at how to bring your computer into your TV-viewing system, with notes on video-download sites and products such as the Apple TV and Elgato's EyeTV line. Case studies show how two technology writers have set up tech-laden TV-viewing systems in their homes, and a third case study highlights the importance of paying attention to the fine-print in a return policy.
Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as: • Which is best - DTV, SDTV, EDTV, or HDTV? • Do I want 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p? • Is a flat-screen TV better than a tube? What about projection sets? • Given a choice between LCD and plasma flat screens, which should I choose? • How far away from my large-screen TV should I sit for optimal viewing? • Where is the best place to buy a digital TV? • What features should I look for in a DVD player? • Where can I find more HDTV programming? • What's it like to use an Apple TV?Where are good sites for downloading video from the Internet?
Table of Contents • Read Me First • Introduction • Quick Start • Understand the Analog-to-Digital Transition • Choose Your Signal • Consider the Source • Determine Where to Put Your Set • Choose Your Hardware • Decide Where to Buy Your TV • Set Up Your TV • Find HDTV Programming • Add Peripherals • Dispose of Your Old Set • Case Studies • Learn More • Glossary
Read Me First
Welcome to Take Control of Digital TV: Second Edition, version 2.1.
This book tells you how to choose, purchase, set up, and use a digital TV (DTV) receiver, and gives you ideas for a variety of peripherals you might attach to a TV, including devices that help you transfer digital video content to and from a TV and a personal computer. This book was written by Clark Humphrey, edited by Lea Galanter, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
This book is not designed to replace the documentation that comes with your digital TV hardware; nor does it compare or recommend specific products. This book looks only at TV hardware and transmissions in the United States and Canada. Other countries are switching to digital TV at their own paces. (The Netherlands and some regions in Germany and Italy, for example, have already turned off their analog TV transmissions and gone all-digital.)