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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

Danny Briere 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (November 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764575864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764575860
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,797,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I felt this book was money well spent for the information I got out of it.
Magellan
HDTV For Dummies is a really great buy for anybody who is electronically challenged, or for anyone who needs help setting up their new lifestyle.
Michael Kerner
I found this book to be very helpful in hooking up my new HDTV, VCR, Cable box and Tivo.
Eloise

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Layne on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I can't stress enough what a great book this really is. If you're going to spend $$ on an HDTV, you owe it to yourself to buy this book first and make sure you're making the best choice for you. This book clears up all of the confusion you'll be faced with at the store-- unscrambles the acronymns, explains the difference between HDTV, EDTV, and SDTV and defines all of the confusing features.

Also great for explaining how to set up your connections to all of your other home entertainment devices and your home network if you want to do that-- getting the right cables, configuring them optimally for your application.

And the diagrams!-- so easy to understand! So much better than what you'll see in the manuals-- worth well over the price of the book on their own.

Information in here on selecting the right DVR options for you, too-- and good stuff for the DIY'er if you already have broadband and don't want to purchase your DVR and service from the cable company.

Anyone who sells HDTVs should read this book cover to cover and have it on hand as a recommendation to customers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Barry Bischoff on March 1, 2006
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I ordered HDTV for Dummies, expecting to learn a little bit about purchasing an HDTV and got a much better education than I expected. Thanks to the book I will now, 1) wait for a 1080P quality set, 2) make sure I use digital connections and 3) know how to connect a surround sound system. I recommend this book to anyone thinking about upgrading to HDTV.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank Depalma on February 3, 2006
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I know that for me the price was a drop in the bucket compared to my equipment and I enjoy the confidence that I'm getting the most from my investment - I even understand what 1080i means!

If you're even thinking of making the jump to HDTV this is the right guide for you. It'll take away the confusion of acronyms, interconnections, and formats to let you get the most out of whatever set you buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eloise M. Surette on February 6, 2006
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This book brought me up to speed quickly so I can compare options in selecting HDTV gear. If I want to drill down on something, I at least know the background with which to do the nitty gritty work. HDTV for Dummies did a great job of dealing with a highly technical topic in help me with all the acronyms. I've since used what I learned by going to the on-line places recommended in the book and was far more adept at navigating and understanding the topic than I'd be otherwise. I'm spending a lot of money on my home theater, and I want to make sure I do it right. I don't trust the sales guys in the department stores because they want to sell me something right then and there; I likewise like to doublecheck what I learn in one place on the Internet in another place, because you need to double check your facts on the Web. It's clear these authors know what they are talking about, and I've got my sights on a nice 1080p DLP as a result of my reading this book, and also on a whole suite of other things to extend this around the house. The authors, also wrote Smart Homes for Dummies and Home Theater for Dummies -- neither of which I've read but I'm going to now clearly have the attitude that if you are going to spend a ton of money on this stuff, at least make it so you can use it around the house. That alone made the investment in money and time in this book worthwhile. I can easily give this book 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Jacobs on July 23, 2008
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I'm usually pretty good with new technology and figuring it out. However, with HDTV and all it's marketing hype I knew I needed some additional help. I found a couple of really good HDTV forums on the Web but I wanted a book as well. HDTV for Dummies defiantly fits the bill. The book clarified information I already kind of knew. There's a couple of handy chapters covering cabling and connecting surround sound systems, DBS, HD/DVR's, DVD players, and gaming consoles. There's a couple of paragraphs discussing Plasma TV's and how high altitudes can affect the TV. I live 6800' above sea level and I would've never thought to ask about this. After reading the chapter on calibrating HDTVs I decided to calibrate my HDTV myself. This saved me a couple of hundred bucks. HDTV for Dummies made it possible to understand what the sales people were talking about. I was also able to weed out the technical stats the sales people talked about that really mean very little when buying a HDTV. After reading HDTV for Dummies I felt confident that I knew what I wanted and needed in my HDTV. I purchased a Panasonic Plasma TV with no regrets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eloise on February 26, 2008
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I found this book to be very helpful in hooking up my new HDTV, VCR, Cable box and Tivo. By doing it myself, it saved me quite a bit of money. In addition to hooking everything up, I feel much more informed and understanding of how the whole system works. I actually enjoyed the learning experience and would recommend this book to anyone who simply wants to know how the whole thing works, or who wants to save money by doing it yourself. I do kind of think that someone who has no interest in computers, or anything technical might find the book not to their liking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10, 2008
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I felt this book was money well spent for the information I got out of it. It covered more topics that I even needed (it includes issues relating to gaming consoles and camcorders for HDTV in addition to HDTV itself), and gives a clear and non-technical explanation of the hows and whys of HDTV. For those a little technical, there is a chapter on standard TV that goes into the technical details a little more, but it's very short, maybe five pages. And you don't really need to read it, but it's there if you want it. Also included are a very detailed chapter on almost every possible hook-up and configuration you could want, for those with cable, satellite, and of course DVD players and VCRs to connect. The many features and advantages of HDTV are discussed in detail.

Also, another good feature is the authors point out that some manufacturers are claiming that a digital TV automatically makes it full HDTV, which isn't true. So you might save money there. They point out the 720 lines of resolution (if I remember right), rather than the standard 525 lines of standard TV, is the minimum considered HDTV. Beyond that, there's 1080i and 1080p (for interlaced and progressive). Overall, an excellent presentation on the subject, and I was also impressed enough with the value offered for this book to buy their Home Theaters for Dummies book, just to learn something about that, although I don't have one (yet). :-)
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