DTV vs. HDTV: ATSC tuners

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by bousozoku, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I did two quick searches and didn't find anything, but I'm sure someone here will know.

    This week, I decided to take care of lousy reception and jump into the digital television era before things were obsolete. I bought a combination VCR/DVD recorder with an ATSC tuner. It's Panasonic model DMR-EZ485V and I'm using it on a 720p LCD t.v. using the 1080i compatible input over component video. (Yes, I'd like to use the HDMI output, but I need an HDMI->DVI converter and more cable.)

    I was looking at a Samsung HDTV set top box that processed "all 18 ATSC formats" or something like that but I hesitated to spend $180 for just the box.

    So, I'm watching the various digital channels and for the most part, they all work well. I'm seeing how there is a mix of 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, depending on content. I didn't expect any widescreen, as I thought that 480i was not a widescreen format.

    Did I get the HDTV compatibility with the recorder and save money?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    VHS and DVD don't broadcast in HD. You will only get standard def.

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