There are several DTV off the air recievers that can output signals to
a standard definition TV. Your only requirement is that the DTV
reciever have an analog video output, like RGB Component or S-Video,
so that you can connect it to your TV. The Panasonic TU-HDS20 has
outputs for DTV, S-Video, RGB video and composite video. This should
allow you to hook it to any TV in your house. The Samsung SIR-T151
also offers DTV and composite video out.
Also, the Samsung SIR-T150 offers DTV, component, S-Video and
composite video output.
In my brief survey, it apppears that all of the set top recievers
offer some kind of analog video output that you can connect to your
I found these at Vanns.com, under Digital Recivers:
Now, for some terminology:
ATSC -- Advanced Television Systems Committee the standards body
setting the new television standards.
DTV -- The term "DTV" refers to a television system that can
transmit, receive, and display digital images.
HDTV -- Although there is no single, universal definition for "HDTV,"
or "high-definition television," it is generally accepted to encompass
several elements which are described by various consumer,
broadcasting, and regulatory groups. HDTV offers the potential for
approximately twice the horizontal and twice the vertical resolution
of current (NTSC) television. When combined with a wide screen format
(16:9 aspect ratio), this can result in about 5 times as much visual
information as conventional television, i.e., approximately one
million pixels per frame of video. When referring to consumer
products, HDTV sets: 1) can have 720 or 1080 active vertical scanning
lines and 2) are capable of decoding the transmitted 720 × 1280 and
1080 × 1920 ATSC formats and displaying them as a 16:9 aspect ratio
image. While these high-definition transmission formats will be
supported by such sets, the actual delivered resolution may vary by
broadcaster, by product, and by program. HDTV is normally accompanied
by digital surround-sound capability.
Enhanced TV -- Enhanced TV is a LIVE Interactive Television experience
on the Internet that allows you, the TV viewer, to interact with the
broadcast. Currently, ABC is doing most of this; more information
about the ABC Enhanced TV lineup is found at
Microsoft also offers a similar definition, and a screenshot at their
Enhanced TV page:
EDTV -- EDTV stands for enhanced definition television. It is
generally accepted to describe a system used to convey programs
featuring pictures and sound that are superior to conventional
SDTV -- SDTV stands for standard definition television. It is
generally accepted to describe a system used to convey pictures and
sound that are equivalent to the best conventional (analog) signals
Answers from the ATSC FAQ located at:
I hope this has answered your question, and I wish you luck on your
quest to get Digital Broadcast TV. I only wish we had more stations
to tune into here locally! If you need further information, please
ask for a clarification before rating this answer.
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