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    Filed at 8:44 pm under by dcobranchi

    I broke down and bought an HDTV. We only had analog cable, so we had to upgrade to digital and then Hi-Def. For the last few days we’ve been watching the TV with the analog signal going through the VCR. No cable box at all. Today Time-Warner sent the tech to install the new & improved cable. I was psyched. For about 30 seconds.

    The dirty little secret is that for all of the non-HD channels, analog is a far superior signal. And for the HD channels, there appears to be no difference on a 720p TV.

    So, for an extra $30 or $40 per month you get a whole bunch of channels that you’ll never watch and a crappy picture on about 75% of them.

    4 Responses to “CABLE’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET”

    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    May 25th, 2008
    at 10:20 pm

    I have to admit that I caught a football game at a neighbor’s house one day in HD, and man, it was PRETTY.

    But we don’t watch sports usually, so no digital for us.

    Comment by
    May 25th, 2008
    at 10:29 pm

    I’ve notice that DirecTV’s standard digital signal has gone downhill recently. The audio breaks up constantly during American Idol, which I suspect is a bandwidth issue as they allocate more bandwidth to the HD channels.

    I’ve owned an HDTV for 5 years – still haven’t upgraded to HD DirectTV.

    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    May 26th, 2008
    at 12:52 pm

    Speaking of which…

    Comment by
    May 27th, 2008
    at 12:31 pm

    I don’t know if it has anything to do with HD, but ever since Roadrunner upgraded the system, my itty-bitty portion of it spontaneously reboots whenever I’m checking the menu.

    We got a new cable box, but it rebooted again last night.

    Our Sony Trinitron still works, so we haven’t upgraded the tv in … a really long time. I will admit it needs a ‘translator’ to talk to the DVD player.