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HDTV on my Home Theater

A lot of people don't really know that you can watch regular TV on your home theater and even better HDTV. But you can!!

A lot of people don't really know that you can watch regular TV on your home theater and even better HDTV. But you can!!

So in addition to watching movies on you home theater you can easily watch TV, use it as a giant computer monitor or paly video games. Right now I want to talk about HDTV.

We live in the Seattle area so we were very excited when the Seahawks did so well this season and were making a run in the playoffs. Becasue of that I finally hooked up the cable TV to my projector. We had a party for the NFC play-off game and then before the Super Bowl I had HDTV hooked up. The difference was noticeable and dramatic.

We had another big Super Bowl party and everyone was impressed with the HDTV picture. We could even use the DVR to rewind and review some of the questionable calls over and over and over again. For a Seahawks fan's perspective my home theater out performed the refs on that particular day.

So I originally wired my home theater for DirecTV. During the process of building my house they kind of rubbed me the wrong way and I started looking at Comcast. In the end it was a very easy way to get an HD image basically overnight. I didn't have to buy any special equipment. My HD box includes a DVR. Right now this is basically the only way to record an HD program.

TV looks OK on my big screen but HD looks amazing. The resolution is actually higher than DVD and you can see the difference. My projectors resolution 1366x768 is a good match for 720P HDTV. I don't know if the difference would be as dramatic on a TV smaller than 50" but on a 144" picture it is incredible. I was watching one show and there \was smoke from a fire and I actually started coughing and trying to wave the smoke away with my hand. That is really life-like. I can't wait for HD-DVD.

So yes you can and should watch HDTV on your home theater. It was very simple and you haven't seen an improvement of this magnitude in picture quality since you saw your first DVD.