HDTV is delivered to your set through digital cable or a satellite system.
High-definition television produces a clearer picture and sound than conventional television. HDTV broadcasts are delivered through digital technology and capable of sending up to 1080 lines of resolution, which are almost double the delivery of the outmoded analog system. To set HD channels on your television set, you first have to determine the type of HDTV you have and how the signal is delivered to your television set. Your HDTV either has built-in HD capability or it is HD ready. HD is delivered to your television set via your satellite or digital cable connection.
Set HD Channels on HD-Ready Television Set
1. Purchase an external HD receiver, compatible with your HD delivery system: satellite or cable. HD broadcasts from a satellite system require an HDTV decoder, known as an Integrated Receiver/Decoder. HDTV broadcasts from a digital cable system require a cable set-top box.
2. Install an Over-the-Air antenna to receive free broadcast. For an OTA system, your HD-ready television will require a set-top decoder box, as well as an antenna.
3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for installing your decoder box and antenna, if required.
Set HD Channels on TV with Built-In HD Capability
4. Determine if your HDTV has a built-in cable card decoder.
5. Purchase a box decoder, if you will receive broadcasting via cable and your television set does not have a built-in cable card decoder.
6. Buy an Integrated Receiver/Decoder if you will receive broadcasting via satellite.
7. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for installation of your decoder.