Synopses & Reviews
Designed to demystify the whole concept of HDTV for anybody intrigued by the concept of better quality television, but not yet convinced that they understand what HDTV is all about. The book includes a primer to HDTV and the confusing swirl of standards, acronyms, and technical terms consumers face when looking to purchase an HDTV set. There will be instruction on what to look for when buying any kind of HDTV. In the third part of the book, readers will learn how to get the HD signals in their homes. There are several different methods for this, even if HDTV isn't offered in your area. Finally, the book will discuss getting an HDTV connected in the reader’ s home, including how HDTVs can fit into a whole home network of computers, entertainment gear and more.
SynopsisDemystifies confusing HDTV acronyms, standards, and technical terms, helping readers select a set, integrate it into a home entertainment system, and sit down to an awesomely crisp, clear picture More than 1.2 million HDTV receivers have been shipped, and all major broadcast networks now offer shows in the HDTV format Shows how to get HDTV signals into a home through an antenna, dish, or cable and take home theater systems, DVD viewing, video games, and home networking to the max
Get HDTV and get connected without getting confused!
Buy wisely, surround yourself with sound, watch your movies in HD, and more
If HDTV looks appealing but the mountain of mumbo-jumbo has you peeling out the door, take heart! Finally, here's a plain-English explanation of what HDTV is and how to choose one, hook it up, locate and access programming sources, and even how to connect your movie machines and Xbox for even more HD fun.
Discover how to
- Plan your HDTV system and choose the right equipment
- Connect to programming sources
- Add A/V entertainment gear and accessories
- Get HD action on your Xbox®
- Access HDTV over your home network
About the Author
founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunications consulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company. Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networking industry, Danny has written more than one thousand articles about telecommunications topics and has authored or edited ten books, including Internet Telephony For Dummies
, Smart Homes For Dummies
(now in its second edition), Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies,
and Home Theater For Dummies
. He is frequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications and technology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks, providing analysis on the latest communications news and breakthroughs.
Pat Hurley is Director of research with TeleChoice, Inc. specializing in emerging telecommunications and digital home technologies, particularly all the latest consumer electronics, access gear, and home technologies, including wireless LANs, DSL, cable modems, satellite services, and home-networking services. Pat frequently consults with the leading telecommunications carriers, equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other players in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Pat is the coauthor of Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: HDTV Fundamentals.
Chapter 1: What the Heck Is HDTV?
Chapter 2: Shopping Smart.
Chapter 3: Cables and Connections.
Part II: Love at First Sight.
Chapter 4: Hooking Up Your HDTV.
Chapter 5: Enhancing Your HDTV.
Chapter 6: Magic Black Boxes.
Part III: HDTV Channels.
Chapter 7: Who’s Showing HDTV?
Chapter 8: Something’s in the Air.
Chapter 9: The Cable Guy.
Chapter 10: Rocket Science.
Part IV: Movie Machines.
Chapter 11: DVDs.
Chapter 12: Getting Into DVRs.
Chapter 13: Taping Time.
Part V: Monitor Madness.
Chapter 14: Gaming Consoles.
Chapter 15: Camcorders.
Chapter 16: Gadgets.
Chapter 17: Home Networking.
Part VI: Sensory Overload.
Chapter 18: Understanding Audio.
Chapter 19: Home Theater Audio.
Chapter 20: Setting the Mood.
Part VII: Geek Stuff.
Chapter 21: TV Engineering 101.
Chapter 22: Projecting a Good Image.
Chapter 23: Thin Is In.
Chapter 24: Good Ol’ Tubes.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 25: Ten Places to Buy an HDTV.
Chapter 26: Ten (or so) HDTV Accessories.