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Whether you already own a digital TV or plan to buy one, this ebook helps you take control of the digital TV experience!

A large-screen digital TV can bring movies, television shows, and video games to life like never before. But shopping for a new TV brings with it a baffling array of buzzwords and acronyms. Since new TVs are expensive, you want to make sure you're buying the right set. Here to help is Seattle journalist and TV maven Clark Humphrey, who cuts through the jargon to explain how to pick the best digital TV from the dizzying set of choices in stores and from online retailers. Once you have a TV, Clark explains how to position it in your home for optimal viewing, all the different cables, how to arrange and connect external speakers, and-especially important-how to adjust your set for the best image quality. He also shows where you can find HDTV programming and offers a look at other devices you might want to hook to your large-screen TV, such as a computer, A/V receiver, DVD player, digital video recorder, video game console, and more. Bonus! A $5-off coupon halves the price of this ebook if you purchase your TV gear from Small Dog Electronics.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Digital TV: Second Edition
    1. Read Me First
      1. What's New in Version 2.1
      2. What Was New in Version 2.0
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Quick Start
    4. 2. Understand the Analog-to-Digital Transition
      1. The Past: Analog
      2. The Present (and Near Present): the Digital Transition
        1. HDTV
        2. Digital video
        3. Digital broadcasting
        4. Digital cable and satellite TV
      3. The Future: the Analog Shutoff
    5. 3. Choose Your Signal
      1. DTV A.k.a. SDTV: Good
      2. EDTV: Better
      3. HDTV: Best
    6. 4. Consider The Source
      1. Over-the-Air
      2. Cable
      3. Satellite
      4. FIOS
      5. Video Services
      6. Discs
      7. Internet Downloads
    7. 5. Determine Where to Put Your Set
      1. Home Theater
      2. Living Room
      3. Other Rooms
      4. Position the TV
        1. Viewing distance and angle
        2. Room lighting
    8. 6. Choose Your Hardware
      1. Direct-View Set
        1. Tube
        2. Flat screen
      2. Projection
      3. New Technologies
    9. 7. Decide Where to Buy Your TV
      1. Major Chain Stores
      2. Specialty Stores
      3. Online Retailers
      4. Online Auctions
    10. 8. Set Up Your TV
      1. Connect the Cables
      2. Set Up the Sound System
        1. Speaker placement
        2. Installation and wiring
      3. Adjust Your Set
        1. Video
        2. Audio
      4. Set Up a Set-top Box
    11. 9. Find HDTV Programming
      1. Broadcast Networks and Local Channels
      2. Cable and Satellite
      3. HD on DVD: the Format War
    12. 10. Add Peripherals
      1. Consider an A/V Receiver
      2. Consider a DVD Player
      3. Consider a DVD Recorder
      4. Consider a Digital Video Recorder
      5. Consider a D-vhs Recorder
      6. Consider an Hdv Camcorder
      7. Consider a Game Console
      8. Consider a Universal Remote
      9. Use Your TV as a Computer Monitor
      10. Use Your Computer to Watch TV
        1. Download video from the Internet
          1. Clips and shorts
          2. Feature films and TV shows
        2. Record broadcast TV
          1. For Macs
          2. For Windows PCs
          3. For Linux
      11. Consider an Apple TV
      12. Consider an iPod or an iPhone
    13. 11. Dispose of Your Old Set
      1. Discard or Recycle It
      2. Sell It or Give It Away
    14. 12. Case Studies
      1. Dan Frakes
      2. Andy Ihnatko
      3. Chad Magendanz
    15. 13. Learn More
      1. Buyers' Guides
        1. Buyers' Guides
        2. Home Theater Set Up and How-To
        3. Digital TV Technology
        4. Program Guides and Commentary
    16. A. Glossary
    17. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits