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    HD/TV question

    I have a 50 inch plasma, but never had hd untill last night. Last night I did a search for channels and realized that I can pick up the abc nbc cbs .1 channels in HD. My building has a contract from some cable company called frontier or something and they dont provide HD. I get my cable from a wall outlet that I plug in with one of those old school screw type cables. My question is, if I replace the cable i currently use with one a new/better one, will the picture improve? Also can I improve the picture from my DVD player to my TV? Currently using the RCA cabels that came with it. Thanks.



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    Re: HD/TV question

    even though you don't have "high Def" cable, the networks still come with a High def signal, which is nice. You will not get a better picture than what you are getting on those channels with a different cable, but you will get a much better picture from your DVD player if you change that cable. If your DVD player has an HDMI port, use that, otherwise, go with Component cables. They look similar to RCA, but have the red/green/blue outputs seperated. Please go to Monoprice.com for all your cable needs.



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    Re: HD/TV question

    And be sure to have a cable box connected to your TV capable of delivering the HD signal.

    I think the answer to your question is "no". If you are literally running a cable from your tv to the wall outlet you won't get the Cable HD channels. You will get the over the air HD channels (as you just discovered) via the over the air signal.


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    Re: HD/TV question

    Yes, find out if your dvd player outputs via HDMI or Component Video.

    HDMI looks like a slightly larger USB connector.

    A component video uses three RCA cables.

    I'm guessing your DVD at least has component. Take a pic or write down the model and go to Best Buy and ask them if you can use a component or HDMI. Then find the CHEAPEST cable of that type and use it. (don't fall for their gold plated super conductive plasma coated schtick).


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    Re: HD/TV question

    Thanks, you guys answered both questions. My life has forever changed watching the NBA and Superbowl pregame in HD today. I can't imagine ever not having it now. Cant wait to move so I can get full blown HD.



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