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[Fwd: Who needs an HDTV?]

 I got this submission to the Telecom Digest, and I'd like to know who's 
used these on a Linux machine, or what other cards you've used. 

I'm also curious about resolution: Bray says computer monitors are "not 
up there with a true HDTV set", and I want to know why. 


Bill Horne 

-------- Original Message -------- 
Subject: Who needs an HDTV? 
Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 01:52:08 -0400 (EDT) 
From: Monty Solomon <[hidden email]> 
Organization: The Telecom Digest 
Newsgroups: comp.dcom.telecom 

Who needs an HDTV? 

By Hiawatha Bray  |  May 8, 2008 

Given the feeble state of the economy, many of you are in no mood to 
blow $1,000 or more on a high-definition TV set. But then, you 
probably own one already. 

It's called a computer monitor. The typical monitor can display HD 
video of respectable quality - not up there with a true HDTV set, but 
not bad. All you need now is a fairly robust personal computer, and a 
digital TV tuner that plugs into a USB port and captures the video 

We've been trying out a couple of these tuners - the $99 Hauppauge 
WinTV-HVR-950Q from Hauppauge Computer Works Inc. and the $129 PCTV 
HD Ultimate Stick from Pinnacle Systems, a division of Avid 
Technology Inc. in Tewksbury. These are list prices, by the way; shop 
around and you'll likely find them for less. 

Each gadget comes with a simple antenna that'll capture both analog 
and digital TV signals being broadcast over the airwaves. Both 
devices are made for computers running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 
operating system. But Hauppauge and Pinnacle offer similar tuners for 
Apple Inc.'s Macintosh machines. 


E. William Horne 
William Warren Consulting 
Computer &amp; Network Installations and Service 

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