hd converter with fta

Discussion in 'Free To Air (FTA) Discussion' started by outbackjack, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. outbackjack

    outbackjack Thread Starter Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    honestly i'm just starting so excuse lack of knowledge. since i will be using a standard def receiver for fta signals my ques regards hd channels. is it possible to use one of those hd converters with a fta receiver to change sd signal to hd? i didnt see any posts regarding the hd boxes (the ones sold everywhere like walmart rite aid etc). i was just curious if one of these converters could be used with a fta receiver. thanks for any input.
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  2. Iceberg

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    actually those converter boxes just convert the digital signal back to analog (I have a few of them) and are not HD...they only work for OTA reception and not FTA

    you would need a HD receiver for HD chanenls
  3. outbackjack

    outbackjack Thread Starter Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    thanks Iceberg i was a little confused on how they worked. you just saved me 40 dollars:)
  4. Iceberg

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    no problem. I have a few of them for the bedroom TV and in the computer room. They accompany the FTA setup mainly for the local news.
  5. outbackjack

    outbackjack Thread Starter Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Iceberg if you get the chance can you look at the dish i purchased for fta under fta shack titled "weekend project idea for large dish i purchased"? . wanted your input on it for minibub and ku. Anole has been a great help so far on this project. i'm not sure how far i have to set the clearance for this dish from my location.
  6. B.J.

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    One possible way to watch HD channels on a SD TV, without the use of a HD receiver is to use a PCI card like the Twinhan 1020a. What I used to do, before I got HD hardware was to use a program called DVBAPPS (no longer supported, but still available free on the web). DVBAPPS can play HD signals in a 1/2 resolution mode, allowing it to be played on slower computers. THen, if your computer has an output to a TV (mine has an S-VID output), you can play this to your TV. Not always the best of quality, and I think the 16x9 makes for tall skinny people on a 4x3 display, but it allows you to play the video on a SD TV.
    AND, it's cheap, since the Twinhan cards can be found cheap on ebay.
  7. Corrado

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    I had a DTVPal from Dish Network that I used for a while for making OTA recordings on a DVD recorder. ( I later gave it to someone that needed it )

    It could change the aspect ratio on the HD channels for viewing on SD TVs.
  8. Iceberg

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    correct corrado

    I have my channels that are normally in HD set to zoom and the regular channel is "normal" on the SDTV

    works pretty slick

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