Thinking of Buying An IDTV? Hold on, There May Be an Alternative

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    Check out the news section of www.homecinemachoice.com

    Free to Air STBs are coming soon.

    No subscriptions, rental fees etc.
    Just a simple Digital STB for yours to own for around £150.

    Hopefully with S-Video out, but maybe that's asking for too much.

    If like me you are looking for a second digital tuner, just basic channels, no frills etc, then this may be the answer and coupled with a 'normal' cheaper WS TV, then this could well work out cheaper than buying an expensive IDTV.

    I was about to buy an IDTV for this reason alone, but now I think I'll just wait and see.

    Here's the link to the supplier Netgem..

    www.netgem.com
     
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    Don't forget Sony IDTV = better picture!
     
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    Better than Panasonic ?

    That's debatable !

    I think i've started something now :)
     
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    Well the Sony IDTVs are definately better than TV + Dodgybox!
     
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    If I could get a Pan/ Sony 36" IDTV for £1600 or less then I'd go for it.

    But I think TV + STB may be a cheaper option.
     
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    But lower quality picture

    IDTVs better than boxes with good kit
     
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    How do you know the picture will be lower quality with these STBs when they're not even on sale yet?
     
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    Because Nokia box is crap in quality compared to the internal tuner.

    The general consenus (from Sony IDTV owners) is that the picture quality is better with the Sony tuner than a Nokia etc external box.
     
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    The box make doesn't really matter, the internal Sony tuner is excellent, it is directly connected to the main board of the TV, no Scart links etc.

    The Ondodgy boxes are made down to a price, the Sony tuner is well shielded, and looks ok in build quality, (something was dropped inside - I had to back off to retrieve)

    FTA channel changes are quick as well. Dodgy boxes taking 3 seconds, IDTV about 1.

    I have found out that for IDTVs Sony and Panasonic are best quality, 1st gen Phillips is near bottom.

    About 50% of IDTV sales are Sony (dead reckoning based on total sales and Sony upgrade quantities)

    About 9 months ago total sales were about 100,000.
     
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    Ok, but do Sony or Pan do a 36" IDTV?

    I've never come across one.
     
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    No 36 as yet but there is a 41" and a 51"

    Just hold on a month or so because loads are announced

    Anyway DVD in Scart1 RGB where does DTV box go?
     
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    No 36 as yet but there is a 41" and a 51"

    Just hold on a month or so because loads are announced

    Anyway DVD in Scart1 RGB where does DTV box go?

    FTA box - just use as a video tuner eg watch Horronation Street on ITV2 Wednesday 19:30 and tape Robot Wars BBC Choice

    Not that I advise watching Horronation Street!
     
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    I use a SCART switch box for my three RGB devices.

    I could daisy chain them though, but haven't tried it yet (may get interference)
     

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