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I own an HDTV with installed receiver. Do I need to order a new one to get Direct TV or Dish Network services?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Do you mean you have cable now and want to get Direct TV or Dish instead? If so, then yes you will need new equipment.

    If you are talking about the TV's built in tuner, it only allows you to receive HDTV programs broadcast in your area, just like old antenna TV. These stations will normally be limited to the normal NBC, ABC, CBS...etc. If you live in a lightly populated area more than likely there won't be any HDTV signals at all. So, if you want to get HDTV you probably have two options:

    1. Cable - There are two ways to get HDTV with cable. First, is a set-top box. Second, if you have a CableCard slot on your TV, you can request a card that goes into your TV and decodes the cable signals. Each of these have their advantages and disadvantages.

    2. Dish's - Pretty much will be used the same as a cable set-top box.

    Just make sure that if you get either of these set-top boxes you must use either Component or HDMI cables to actually get HD on your TV. Normal coaxial, s-video and composite cables do not deliver HDTV signals.

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