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Still worthwhile to get an IDTV ?

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by ricke, May 20, 2002.

  1. ricke

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    Excellent forum, much better than your so called "specialists" available at your local Comets, Dixons, Currys etc.

    I'm updating my TV soon, but a bit new to this digital lark.....

    Is it still work getting a IDTV with the demise of ITV digital ?? I guess I'd still get the free channel ?


    Asked the same question to a guy at a local comets and he said No. From previous experience (and the number of spots on his face !) I don't believe him ..

    Regards

    Ricke
     
  2. mikey

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    I would get a separate box if you want terrestial digital. If it goes wrong you canget it repaired without losing your TV. Free to air is still working....
     
  3. ricke

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    Thanks for that Mikey, but if in future I decided to go with Sky digital i'd have a extra box kicking around ? Wanna try and keep the number of bits I get to a minimum. Would I be able to get the free channels via the IDTV and pay stuff via Sky ?

    Regards

    :confused:Ricke :confused:
     
  4. Squirrel God

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    Yes. But you would get the free stuff via Sky anyway ....

    But if you want to reduce the number of bits even more, check out the handful of new TVs on the market that have integrated digital terrestrial AND Sky Digital decoders (e.g. Panasonic)! The quality of the TVs themselves is a separate issues, however.

    I'd have to agree with Mikey however. I'd rather have separates because it's one less thing to go wrong with your TV and it's easier to replace and upgrade.

    Cheers :)
     
  5. Starburst

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    If you did have a seperate DTT box and then switch to SKY the DTT box would then be useful for a bedroom or kitchen, the future is digital even though the powers that be are not exactly helping it along.
     
  6. ricke

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    I agree with your comments on the way forward being digital ---

    I'm looking for a TV with a decent picture so wouldn't mind an extra box to get this.

    I like the idea of having the basic free channels with the TV, (IDTV) and then getting SKY for the movies etc (even though I get the free channels anyway) . Makes my "analogue" brain cope with this new stuff......but it makes sense to buy a separate box just in case it goes wrong......

    Thanks for that......I know a bit more about this... but still haven't made up my mind !!!!!!!

    Regards

    :) Ricke:)
     
  7. Squirrel God

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    If you got an IDTV, then you could record one digital channel while you were watching another.... something that you couldn't do if you purchased a separate box (unless you purchased two of them).

    But then, once again, if you have Sky as well then you could do this too.

    I think you're just spoilt :p
     
  8. MartinImber

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    Since the best quality DTTV tuners are found in IDTVs I think IDTVs are a very good idea.

    My IDTV is better than a Nokia Mediamaster or a Pace DTVA.

    However the Pace DTVA is usefull for the bedroom TV

    With IDTV life is so much simpler for normal viewing, no faffing about with boxes, just TV on and 13 channels available (currently)
     

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