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Morah and I finally received our HDTV converter box rebate coupons on the mail, so today we bought a couple. Being a video guy, hooking them up was a no-brainer, and the setup process was equally easy.

The real surprise came when I saw the image quality. Even on my lousy old CRT television, the image looks sharper than its analog counterpart. Our convert box found 15 channels, most of which have unique content (some are just the same show in a different aspect ratio).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch HDTV!

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  1. My previous post didn’t make the cut? What the Eff? šŸ™

  2. I’m not sure what you’re talking about…

  3. Don’t you mean you’re watching DTV and not HDTV. Don’t you need an HD TV to watch HDTV? I mean I guess you could get the signal but it’s not really High Definition is it? I’m still waiting for my coupon so what do I know. šŸ˜‰

  4. Did that second reposting not make it through either?

  5. OK, apparently the second attempt didn’t go through either. Third time’s the charm.

    Here was my 2nd attempt:

    “I’m not sure what you’re talking about…”

    I wrote a comment here, and your system told me it was holding it for moderation. (this was right after my previous comment on your previous post). The other comment showed up, this one did not. There may be a bug in your system.

    Luckily, I have a program called CLCL installed which keeps track of things on the clipboard, and my comment (or, a version of my comment) was on there [I often copy a comment to the clipboard in case there is an error when I hit POST, which happens enough to be frustrating].

    So anyway, here is my comment again:

    I know, right? I couldn’t believe the clarity. Anyone that doesn’t have one yet, go get one.

    Also, we don’t get ABC here in Cheney, BUT! We can get digital-ABC just fine. So there’s that, in addition to the incredible picture.

    I’m thinking about getting one for my old 26″, while I wait for my 32″ to be RMA-ed.

    Consumer Reports has some good recommendations. I’m still looking for the ideal one for me (s-video, signal strength meter, individual channel programming, extended EPG, dvd-quality video, smart antenna [a pass-through would be nice, but since analog goes dark in three months…]). Mmmmaybe I should wait some more?

    If anyone out there doesn’t have a coupon already, you can get it from DTV2009.gov. HOWEVER! They are only good for 90 days from when it is mailed to you! So, when you get it, use it. If you want to wait for more advanced tuners, don’t get the coupon just yet. (Of course, there *are* a limited number of these coupons, and when they’re gone, they’re GONE, so…) Assuming supplied last, you can request one up until March 31st, 2009.

    (Unfortunately, all the <i> tags are lost in the blockquotes)

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  7. Your comment didn’t get moderated, it got junked completely. I had to go rescue it from the spam dump. I suspect it’s a combination of the links and the markup, which, at least in my opinion, shouldn’t be reason enough for a comment to go straight to spam.

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