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You Bought A New HDTV Now What?


Hopefully, you haven’t bought one yet. You are doing pre-buy research.

If you have, don’t worry. It’s not that bad. Or, is it?

The Initial Shock: Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse

I have purchased a new TV each year for the past two years. The average cost was about $1250. Even though I knew I wanted a new TV, each unit was an impulse buy. So, there I was sitting on the couch watching my new TV wondering if I made the right choice – financially and technologically speaking.

Sure, there will always be some level of second-guessing: how will I pay for this, what if a better model goes on sale and will this TV be outdated in a couple of years? The bottom line is that these questions are just facts of nature.

I wish I could write something that will quash all worries, but there will always be a better TV for a lower price, better technology developed and the worry about repaying any loans.

What To Do With Your New TV?

The first thing you should do is to determine where it will go. If you can, do this before moving it from the car/truck to minimize the amount of risk in the move (this is for both you and the television). Of course, the ideal scenario would entail you measuring the space where you anticipate the TV to go. This way you’ll avoid buying a TV too big or too small.

Second, clean the place where the TV will go. Odds are that this area hasn’t been cleaned lately. Once the area is clean, bring it in and connect it. If you have any issues with making all of your gadgets work, send an email to tv.guide@about.com. I will help you get connected.

What Happens Now That Its Plugged In?

This is where you will decide what type of high definition programming you want. Remember, this is a choice.

If you live in an area where local network affiliates broadcast a digital signal you don’t have to pay for high definition programming. It will be available for free through over-the-air signals. This is only an option for people who own a HDTV with a built-in digital tuner. Connect an antenna to the TV and begin receiving free HD.

If you’re a cable or satellite subscriber you have limited options for HD programming should you decide against using an antenna for free HD. You will need to subscribe to your provider’s HD package. These packages average a monthly price of $10-15. You’ll also need to use their HD set-top box unless you own one compatible with your provider’s system. If you have a TV with a CableCARD slot, you might be able to use this with cable-only service if your provider has this option available.

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