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So since moving into my new place I've had no TV, I've physically had one though had no antenna. Due to contracts, AT&T is the only provider of voice, internet, and tv in the building. Finally got internet a week or so ago, it is fiber direct to the apartment, though was pissed at the exclusivity clause in the contract and didn't order tv.

wcu's roommate was telling whitaker and I yesterday about HDTV antennas and that they actually work. So I picked up one from Terk this morning and have tv. It is now balanced atop my tv, where I found optimal reception, and works unless the freezer door is open as it is between the antenna and the window.

Now to do something about a DVR as my ReplayTV doesn't have a HD tuner.

I have said recently how I hate technology?

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scsi
Sep. 26th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Buy a cheap HDTV reciever. Search on ebay for them.
daveman692
Sep. 26th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
But then the recordings won't be the right aspect ratio.
scsi
Sep. 26th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
I gave your mom the right ASSpect ratio.

Just set everything to 16:9, worse thing it'll do is have the black bars on the sides.
daveman692
Sep. 26th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Won't the Replay record it funky since it will get a larger image than it knows what to do with?
scsi
Sep. 26th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
actually if your replay has that composite video (RGB) it should support 16:9. If it only has RCA and S-Video there isnt any point because it wont encode the signal in high-def.
infodrenched
Sep. 26th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
if you mean RGB, you're talking "component". This would be 3 wires, often terminated with RCA or BNC connectors. A closely related output would be RGBHV, which is what your computer monitor displays, and has the same 3 conductors as RGB, except that the signal is further split from 3 wires into 5, with your luminence and chromanence information on separate wires.

"composite" refers to all your RGBHV signals condensed into one wire, usually terminated with a yellow RCA connector.

just for completeness, S-video is a split composite signal, with your luminence and chromanence information (along with other RGB stuff) split amongst 2 conductors.

As for the aspect ratios, I haven't much clue, except that it is correct that S-video will not be "hi-def". you're limited to about 640x480 viewable pixels for Svid and composite. However, you can send a 16:9 image across those types of cables, as long as your device fills the empty space with black, and downscales the picture to 640x480
daveman692
Sep. 26th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
TC Represent
Right, which is why I'm unsure what the Reply will do with a 16:9 image. My guess is that it will just barf versus letterboxing.
scsi
Sep. 26th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
I always get composite and component mixed up.. :(
rynfitz
Sep. 27th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
Want to sell that ReplayTV now?
daveman692
Sep. 27th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm, not really I don't think. Maybe though.
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