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HDTV - finally!

With my new receiver's flexible video switching capabilities, I finally have an easy way to implement HDTV in my media room. My TV only has two HD inputs, so it was previously cumbersome to hook up more than two component video inputs to the TV. My DVD player uses component video, and I like to have the flexibility to hook up my GameCube and Playstation2 to the big screen for those games that implement progressive-scan output. I felt like I really wasn't using my TV to the fullest without an HD receiver.

Fortunately, Time-Warner offers an HDTV-capable digital converter box for the same price as their standard digital converter. Since we already had a digital converter in that room (primarily for whole-house audio through our PHAST system), it was a no-brainer. Installation was fairly uneventful, although I did have to call TW support to get my box to activate the first time. There aren't a ton of channels - three local, five PBS iterations, Discovery HD and Fox HD. You can also get HD.net and a few others for a fee, but I decided it wasn't really worth it since we don't watch a ton of TV. The HD content varies among the stations. ABC seems to have a fair amount of 1080i content, while the others upconvert 480i signals to HD. We've enjoyed Discovery HD the most, as they have a significant amount of 1080i content, which really shines on my TV. My only complaint is the lack of NBC programming in HD. There's some sort of rift between the local NBC affiliate and Time-Warner, so it's anyone's guess when we'll see NBC content in HD. Unfortunately, the few shows we do watch (Law & Order, ER) are on NBC. Other than that, I like the HD content thus far. I'm looking forward to more channels (like History Channel, Animal Planet etc.) adding HD content in the future.

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