Last week I shoved all my birthday money into my pockets, drove to Sam’s Club, and emerged one hour later with a Philips 32″ high definition lcd television. Before leaving the house, I had to promise Esther a new dining room set, which was a small price to pay for such a spectacular upgrade into the world of high definition. Once I unpacked and installed my new set, I began to wonder how I would get the new high definition signal.
Even though the picture on the screen was breathtakingly better than a regular picture, even without the hd signal, I knew I had to get a new dish to make my dream come true.
HD AND DIRECTV FOR ME
Since I have been a loyal member of the Directv family for 10 years, I called them up to inquire about my new signal. “Hi, I just bought a new lcd hd television, and I need to get an hd signal. What does this involve?” The nice lady paused, then said, “Well, you need to buy a new hd dvr for $300, then pay $50 for installation, then another $10 per month for the signal, $50 for the new dish, and $50 to have your current box installed in your bedroom…that brings us to $450 plus the monthly fees.” My heart sank. I said, “Well, I guess I’ll just switch to Time Warner Cable; I see they have a deal for new subscribers.” Another long pause was followed by, “Would you please hold, sir?”
The next voice I heard was another lady’s voice: “Hi, this is Amanda; what can we do to keep you in the Directv family, sir.” After 10 minutes, I had the new hd dvr FREE, installation FREE, the new dish FREE, 1 year of hd fees FREE, and transfering the old wiring and box to our bedroom FREE. Don’t you just love competition and capitalism?
WHERE IS THAT RESOLUTION SWITCH ON THE MENU?
Saturday morning the Directv tech showed up and installed the whole enchilada in about one hour. The new dish is HUGE, at least twice as big as the old one.
After he left, I wasn’t getting very good resolution on the HD channels. I know something was wrong, and since the new HR-200 remote wasn’t that intuitive, I couldn’t figure out how to improve the resolution to 1080i. After a few minutes on line, I discovered that under “settings” and “high definition”, there is a preference that sets the screen resolution to what your television can handle. I selected “720p” and “1080i” and BAM, there was the picture.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
I selected ESPN HD, sat on my couch and tears filled my eyes as I looked, for the first time at that delicious, vibrant picture. WOW! There is no way for me to describe it to you, but just know that it will literally take your breath away. If you don’t have high definition, do what you have to do to get it…IMMEDIATELY!
Watching the Cowboys crush the Giants on Sunday in HD was a delight. I also really enjoy Discover HD and National Geographic HD. One really weird fact to know is that one of the crispest and most beautiful channels in HD is the new Fox Business News channel.
I can see clearly now, high def is on. And you could too.