Cable has done a good job, at least in my area, of making HD a nominal
upgrade, but only from the already expensive digital tiers. For $5
bucks more a month, a person can get a few HD stations. Satellite has
also been dropping their costs to provide HD to the masses. DirecTV lowered the price of their current HD box; perhaps just to get rid of the old MPEG2's before the MPEG4's hit the street. Dish Network
will give you the box if you are a new subscriber. But you still have
to spend $12 or $13 a month to get the signal from ether provider.
Over-the-air (OTA) signals have been a long time favorite for early
adopters of HD but the equipment has always been somewhat expensive. $249 for the ATSC box and a good $50 or $60 for HDMI/DVI cable is not cheap.
is trying to change that though. 19% of Americans still receive a TV
signal at no charge to them via an antenna. But let's say you bought
that HDTV last year before built in ATSC turners where standard. Radio
Shack is selling an ATSC tuner box
with HDMI out for $90! Plug this puppy into that old antennia you have
laying around, or hanging on the house, and enjoy HD cheap. The boys
over at AVS Forum seem to like it, so I am sure that you will too. This sure does beat buy those old VOOM! boxes of eBay.
[via AVS Forum]