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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Have Some Digital TV Tips?

As we're nearing Feb. 17, one year away from the transition from analog to digital TV, I'm looking for your advice. As part of my package of stories, I want to list tips about buying a HDTV set and enjoying HDTV from those of you who own one (or more).

What words of wisdom do you have for people shopping now for a HDTV to replace their analog set? What type and size of HDTV did you select, and why? What would you do different today? Tell me if you're watching over-the-air (anyone using rabbit ears?) or with cable or dish.

Will you e-mail me, subject: Digital TV? Please include your full name, daytime phone, suburb/neighborhood and age. I'm need your suggestions in an email, not anonymous posts on this blog.

Thanks for your help.



at 2/09/2008 11:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense, John, but this story has done about a billion times in Consumer Reports, the national media, the local channels, etc.

at 2/09/2008 6:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

my advice is to go big. 42" or more. and go for 1080p. that way there are no regrets.

at 2/10/2008 1:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am especially interested in HDTV with "rabbit ears" - how does its reception compare with analog? My wife and I live in a hilly neighborhood near downtown and put up with a bit of ghosting, etc. However, we have no intention of getting cable or a dish. We can't be the last couple watching TV for free...

at 2/10/2008 3:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You probably already know this, but you don't have to buy an HDTV to get a digital signal. All you need is a TV with a digital tuner, or a signal converter if you still have an analog tuner. In fact, if you have digital cable, you don't have to do anything as the cable box is the converter.

Don't make the same mistake your editors did when they ran a story a few weeks ago in the Sunday paper that said all tv signals were going to be high-def starting in Feb. 2009.

at 2/15/2008 10:23 AM Anonymous Greg said...

Anonymous 1:49
We live in Mt. Airy and the over the air picture is outstanding. I bought a $12 antenna at Target. I think it looks better than the cable picture I have our basement TV hooked up to.

at 2/16/2008 2:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

HDTV with rabbit ears. It works and it works well. Digital pictures are all or nothing. There's no fuzziness. Get yourself an HDTV and enjoy the free over the air HD broadcasts of 5, 9, 12, 19, 48, 64. There's no such thing as an HDTV antenna. You can even make an antenna yourself out of a coat hanger. Search youtube for it. Visit for information on which digital channels you can expect from your location.

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