HDTV for Dummies

ISBN-10: 047009673X
ISBN-13: 9780470096734
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Description: If you love movies, TV, and video games, then you've probably thought seriously about investing in a high-definition television set, otherwise known as HDTV. But before you run to your nearest electronic goods store, you should know what you're  More...

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List price: $21.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

If you love movies, TV, and video games, then you've probably thought seriously about investing in a high-definition television set, otherwise known as HDTV. But before you run to your nearest electronic goods store, you should know what you're investing your hard-earned money in, which TV set is good for you, and other things that will optimize your viewing pleasure. HDTV for Dummies shows you everything you need to know about buying the right equipment, setting it up, and enjoying all the things you love about TV. It'll save you tons of confusion over this exciting new technology and tell you everything you need to know about terms, concepts, and the difference between HD and digital. This handy guide gives you the tools you need to: Get connected with video and audio cables Hook up your DVD player, VCR, PC, camcorder, and other fun stuff Mount your HDTV Receive HDTV programming Understand the difference between HD DVD and Blu-ray disc players Record with DVRs and VCRs Install game consoles like PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii Enhance your HDTV with audio upgrades The guide also shows you how to shop smart and lists the best places to buy your HDTV and popular accessories to pump up your system. With up-to-date knowledge on the latest technology in the market today, HDTV for Dummies gives you a clear picture of what HDTV can do for your viewing experience!

Danny Briere is CEO and founder of TeleChoice, Inc., which provides strategic consulting services to businesses.Pat Hurley is a TeleChoice consultant specializing in emerging telecommunications technologies. They are coauthors of Smart Homes For Dummies, Home Theater For Dummies, and HDTV For Dummies.

Introduction
About This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
HDTV Fundamentals
Getting HDTV Programming
Movie Machines
HDTV Gadgets Galore
Sensory Overload
Geek Stuff
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
HDTV Fundamentals
What the Heck Is HDTV?
Oh, Say, Can You ATSC?
Powerful Performance
Video standards
HDTV standards
Compatible DTV standards
Audio standards
Perplexing Pitfalls
Shopping Smart
The 50,000-Foot View of HDTV
Flat-panel HDTVs
Projection HDTVs
CRT HDTVs
What's Important in an HDTV
Budgeting for HDTV
Finding the Right Size
Matching Your HD Needs
Connecting the Other Gizmos
Accessing your HDTV channels
Getting your analog channels
Working with your other sources
Which Features Matter?
Cables and Connections
Video Connections
High-definition video
Digital connections
Analog component video
Traditional video
S-video
Composite video
Coaxial cable
Audio Connections
Digitizing your audio
Digital coaxial
Optical (Toslink)
Attaching analog audio
RCA cables
Headphone and microphone jacks
Hooking Up Your HDTV
Taking a Look at the Different Connections
Input jacks
Output jacks
Bi-directional jacks
Connecting Basic TV Sources
Antenna or unscrambled cable
Cable box
Satellite receiver
Connecting DVRs and VCRs
DVR/VCR with antenna or unscrambled cable
DVR/VCR with a cable set-top box
DVR/VCR with a satellite receiver
Making Other Connections
DVD player
Two VCRs for editing
Getting your PC hooked up
Digital cable or satellite connections
Camcorder
Surround-sound system
Mounting Your HDTV
Planning Your HDTV Mount
Choosing a Mount
Buying Your Mount
Installing Your Mount
Disguising Your Display
Getting HDTV Programming
Who's Showing HDTV?
Looking at Who Has HDTV
Broadcasters
Cable and satellite networks
Specialized HDTV stations
Making Your Choice
All HDTV Signals Are Not Equal
Something's in the Air
Finding Local HD Broadcasts
Tuning In
Building on a built-in tuner
Adding on a tuner
Antennas A to Z
Choosing the right antenna
Installing your HDTV antenna
The Cable Guy
High-Definition Cable
Getting on the QAM bandwagon
Encrypting and decrypting
Digital Cable
Defining digital
Getting the benefits
Getting the digital box
Analog Cable
Going Boxless
Rocket Science
Planning a Satellite TV System
Service
Equipment
Receiver
Antennas
HDTV-ready TV
Cabling
Availability
Choosing a DBS Provider
Programming
DISH Network channels
DIRECTV channels
Digital video recorder (DVR)
Internet-Based HDTV
Understanding Internet Content
Streaming versus downloading
Understanding containers and codecs
Understanding file formats online
Finding a Provider Online
Apple iTunes Store
YouTube
Google Video
Movielink
Amazon.com Unbox Video
Akimbo
Understanding Your Hardware Requirements
Movie Machines
DVDs
Discovering the DVD
Dealing with Today's DVDs
Essential features
Useful features
Getting into Up-Converting DVD Players
Deciphering DVD Recorders
Finding DVDs in Unusual Places
Home Theater in a Box
DVD/VCR
DVD/PVR
Peering into the High-Def Future
Heading down the HD DVD path
The technical details
The players
The movies
Being Blu-ray
The players
The movies
Getting Into DVRs
DVR 101
Discovering the benefits
Making the connection
HD DVRs
For cable and satellite
Moving up to Series3
Standard DVRs
What to look for
Finding a DVR that fits
Taping Time
Checking Out Your Digital Options
S-VHS VCRs
D-VHS VCRs
Connecting VCRs to HDTVs
Looking Closer at D-VHS
HDTV Gadgets Galore
Gaming Consoles
Understanding Consoles
Meet the Consoles
Going with the PlayStations
Playing with PS2
Stepping up to PS3
X (boxes) mark the spot
Today's reigning king, Xbox 360
The first HD game console, Xbox
Gaming with Nintendo
Getting cute with GameCube
Moving in space with Wii
Connecting to Your HDTV
Video connections
Going with composite
Stepping up to S-video
Going component
Going with HDMI
Dealing with audio
Analog audio
Digital audio
Camcorders
Your Run-of-the-Mill SD Camcorder
Peering through the SD camcorder viewfinder
Connecting your SD camcorder to your HDTV
Enter HD Camcorders
Checking out the HDV camcorders
Getting HD video from camcorder to TV
Gadgets
Home Theater PCs
What's inside an HTPC?
Building or buying an HTPC
Media Center Edition 2005
SageTV
MythTV
Video Jukeboxes
Jukebox 101
Jukebox 301
VideoReQuest
Escient's Fireball
Kaleidescape
Boosting Your Video Signal Quality
Fitting a video scaler into your system
Looking more closely at scalers
Looking for HDTV Gadgets
Sensory Overload
Understanding Audio
Grasping Audio Basics
Surround-Sound Mania
Understanding how surround sound is created
Understanding the formats
Introducing the new contenders
Dealing with Built-In Audio
Home-Theater Audio
Boxing Up Your Home Theater
Receiving Home-Theater Sounds
Setting the Mood
Choosing Your HDTV's Home
Sounds Right?
Building from scratch (or doing a major renovation)
Upgrading your existing room for HDTV
Shining the Right Light
Enhancing Your HDTV
Why You Need to Calibrate
Getting Your Settings Right
Getting Calibrated
Doing it yourself
Commercial DVDs
THX DVD
High-definition D-VHS
Going beyond the eyeball: Using calibration hardware
Bringing in the pros
Geek Stuff
TV Engineering
Lines and Pixels
Going with lines
Picking pixels
Defining Standard and high resolutions
Scanning and Interlacing
Fields, frames, and your TV
Doing the pulldown
Projecting a Good Image
Projection HDTV Design
Rear projection
Front projection
Projection TV Systems
CRT
LCD
DLP
LCoS
Screens
Thin Is In
Loving Your LCD
Everyone's Crazy about Plasma
Good Ol'Tubes
All about CRTs
CRT Pros and Cons
Navigating the CRT Jungle
Dealing with aspect ratios
Which to choose
Doing the squeeze
Getting flat
The Part of Tens
More than Ten Places to Buy an HDTV
Crutchfield
Dell, Gateway, HP
Sam's Club, Costco, Wal-Mart
Circuit City
Best Buy
ClubMac
Microsoft, Apple
Sony Electronics
More Than Ten HDTV Accessories
Kicking Some Butt (With Transducers)
Motion Simulators
Power Conditioner
DVD Changer Controllers
Show HDTV Outdoors
Creature Double Feature in 3D
Wireless Headphones
In Search of That Great Remote Control
Types of remotes
Sexy remotes
Bring Hollywood Home
Index

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