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Category: Reader Questions

Reader Mail: The Future of Cable TV

March 30, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
I get a lot of email from readers, and occasionally I share our exchanges here. This week, I got a particularly interesting message about this week's post about "Online Streaming Grows": You close with the statement that a cable or satellite TV service should be figuring out what to do when their current business falls apart. There is one big hidden assumption that you seem to be overlooking here, namely...

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Reader Question: How to “Rescan”?

March 12, 2009 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: I am at my wits end trying to find a site that will provide me with easy to understand instructions on how to do a rescan! Do you have any idea how I can find a source for this? Your site (after searching for an hour and fifteen minutes is the closest to anything I have found. I would greatly appreciate any info you could get to me. Iver...

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Reader Question: DVRs after the Transition

November 21, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: The transition to digital broadcasts poses a problem for some people who record daytime shows on their VCRs to watch when they come home from work. I asked the salesman at Radio Shack about the two converter models they sell, and they do not have a timer feature to set up like a VCR. I have seen ads online for cards that could handle this, though in what seems...

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Reader Question: Scaling HDTV

September 23, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: If a HDTV is limited to automatically displaying 720p what will be the picture results if the signal come at 1080 off air or cable? Curt A: Curt, when an image of one size is displayed on a screen with a different native resolution (number of pixels), then the image has to be scaled. If the image is smaller — a 720p image on a 1080p set — then...

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Reader Question: Black Bars on Wide Screen

September 15, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: Is there anyway to eliminate the "side bars" from an HD picture ? Jack Keefe A: To paraphrase a former president, we could do that, but it would be wrong. The "side bars" on an HD screen occur when you show standard definition content on a wide screen. The standard definition has a 4:3 aspect ratio — nearly square — while HD screens have a 16:9 wide format that...

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Reader Question: Rabbit Ears for Digital TV?

September 11, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: I think I've heard you mention on The Personal Computer Show that rabbit ear owners would do well to replace their old antenna with a digital style model. Is that correct? Richard Blum A: Actually, Richard, my take on "rabbit ears" is slightly different. The problem is that analog signals can be received even when the signal has a lower strength; you get a snowy picture but you can...

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Reader Question: How Green is My HDTV?

August 7, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: Some weeks ago, I heard you mention thedifference in power consumption between LCD and plasma televisions on The Personal Computer Show. I have found that Crutchfield provides a comparison option which includes their own testing of TVs. When you have some time, could you compare the four 46" models I have listed below, using Crutchfield.com. From what I can determine there does not seem to be a great deal...

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Reader Question: Digital TV Reception

May 15, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: We recently purchased two digital converter boxes for our analog TVs. Although the pictures are generally very good, occasionally the picture freezes or distorts, as does the sound. This happens on both TVs. Each set is connected to its own antenna. Do I need a different type of antenna to receive the digital signal consistently or do you know what I need to do to fix this problem? Thank...

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Reader Question: The Fate of TV Radios?

February 15, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: I have not been able to find anyone who feels confident with their answer to this question and hope you can help me. I have three radios that receive audio only TV signals. Will I be able to receive audio only TV signals on these radios after the switch to digital? I talked with the FCC and they weren't sure. It would be helpful to know if the TV...

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Reader Question: HDTV for the Road

January 2, 2008 | Author: sysadmindgs
Q: I can't find anyone that can help me with this! I want to purchase an HDTV for use in a tractor trailer. I drive cross country. I'm trying to find something in the 15" to 20" range that will stand up to the nation's rough roads. I'd prefer an AC/DC model, but I can use an inverter if need be. There are at least two problems. (1.) Temperatures: When...

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