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HDMI in TV Requires More than a 1080p Display

HDMI in TV Requires More than a 1080p Display
Brutus - Fri Apr 13, 2012 @ 06:07PM
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Time and time again a friend or family member buys an HDMI TV and the first thing they do is call me.

"How do you get this HDMI in TV thing to work? I just brought my HDMI TV home and it sure doesn't look as good as it did at the store."

"I don't know. Look at the box. Do you see 1080p anywhere?"

"Yup. So what's the problem?"

"What are you trying to watch?"

"The TV you dummy!"

"I know, I know. I'm just trying to start at the beginning, you know, where the TV HDMI signal should start and how it gets to your display."

"What? Say that again professor."

"Ok, are you watching cable?"

"No, they turned off my cable a few months ago."

"Why?"

"I couldn't pay for it and save up for this blasted HDMI TV! That's why!"

"Ok, so are you trying to watch a DVD?"

"Yes."

"Is the DVD a Blu Ray?"

"I don't know. I just know it is a DVD."

"Ok. How about your DVD player? Do either DVD player or DVD say 'Blu Ray' anywhere on them?"

"Hold on, I'll check."

A few minutes pass. Cussing can be heard in the background.

"No, neither of them. We have a problem, huh?"

"Yes, you are going to have to buy a Blu Ray player and DVD before your movie looks as good as the one at the store, and that's assuming your cables can carry the signal."

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