HDTV For Dummies / Edition 2

HDTV For Dummies / Edition 2

by Danny Briere, Pat Hurley
     
 

Be prepared when you head to the electronics store!

Here's what you need to know to buy, set up, and make the most of HDTV

Plasma or LCD? 720p or 1080p? Blu-ray or HD DVD? Confused? What you need is this handy guide — it answers those questions and a whole lot more. It helps you choose the right HDTV for your needs, find sources of HDTV

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Overview

Be prepared when you head to the electronics store!

Here's what you need to know to buy, set up, and make the most of HDTV

Plasma or LCD? 720p or 1080p? Blu-ray or HD DVD? Confused? What you need is this handy guide — it answers those questions and a whole lot more. It helps you choose the right HDTV for your needs, find sources of HDTV broadcasts, install and configure your system, and hook up cool HDTV sources like disc players, PCs, and game consoles.

Discover how to

  • Translate the jargon, standards, and acronyms
  • Incorporate HDTV into your home theater
  • Be sure you're getting true HD channels
  • Add a game console
  • Prepare for the transition to digital TV

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470096734
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/17/2007
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
940,211
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.72(d)

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Meet the Author

Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunicationsconsulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company.Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networkingindustry, Danny has written more than 1,000 articles abouttelecommunications topics and has authored or edited ten books,including Smart Homes For Dummies (now in its secondedition), Wireless Home Networking For Dummies (now in itssecond edition), Wireless Hacks and Mods For Dummies,Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, and HomeTheater For Dummies (now in its second edition). He isfrequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications andtechnology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks,providing analysis on the latest communications news andbreakthroughs. Danny splits his time between Mansfield Center,Connecticut, and his island home on Great Diamond Island, ME, withhis wife and four children.

Pat Hurley is Director of Research with TeleChoice, Inc.,specializing in emerging telecommunications and digital hometechnologies, particularly all the latest consumer electronics,access gear, and home technologies, including wireless LANs, DSL,cable modems, satellite services, and homenetworking services. Patfrequently consults with the leading telecommunications carriers,equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other playersin the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Patis the co-author of Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless HomeNetworking For Dummies, Wireless Hacks and Mods for Dummies,Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, andHome Theater For Dummies. He lives in San Diego, California,with his wife, a fiery red-headed toddler named Annabel, and twosmelly dogs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: HDTV Fundamentals.

Chapter 1: What the Heck Is HDTV?

Chapter 2: Shopping Smart.

Chapter 3: Cables and Connections.

Chapter 4: Hooking Up Your HDTV.

Chapter 5: Mounting Your HDTV.

Part II: Getting HDTV Programming.

Chapter 6: Who’s Showing HDTV?

Chapter 7: Something’s in the Air.

Chapter 8: The Cable Guy.

Chapter 9: Rocket Science.

Chapter 10: Internet-Based HDTV.

Part III: Movie Machines.

Chapter 11: DVDs.

Chapter 12: Getting Into DVRs.

Chapter 13: Taping Time.

Part IV: HDTV Gadgets Galore.

Chapter 14: Gaming Consoles.

Chapter 15: Camcorders.

Chapter 16: Gadgets.

Part V: Sensory Overload.

Chapter 17: Understanding Audio.

Chapter 18: Home-Theater Audio.

Chapter 19: Setting the Mood.

Chapter 20: Enhancing Your HDTV.

Part VI: Geek Stuff.

Chapter 21: TV Engineering.

Chapter 22: Projecting a Good Image.

Chapter 23: Thin Is In.

Chapter 24: Good Ol’ Tubes.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: More than Ten Places to Buy an HDTV.

Chapter 26: More Than Ten HDTV Accessories.

Index.

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