The Most Expensive HDTV Antennas Aren’t Necessarily The Best

The Most Expensive HDTV Antennas Aren’t Necessarily The Best

This morning’s news about Time Warner briefly blacking out CBS networks made clear that there are a lot of reasons why you might consider ditching your cable subscription. Newer televisions receive digital signals, but what about antennas? Are we still stuck with huge, hideous rabbit ears or metal rods on our roofs and balconies? Nope. [More]

When You Change Cable Packages, Don’t Assume Anything

When You Change Cable Packages, Don’t Assume Anything

When subscribing to cable TV or making changes to your plan, get a list of what your package includes in writing. Otherwise, you risk what happened to Alyssa’s household. Alyssa writes that she called up Comcast to downgrade her plan, paying extra to receive some channels in high definition. The problem was that she didn’t get all the basic cables in HD…which included the channels she actually wanted. [More]

All I Want Is To Watch Some Football In HD And For Bright House's Website To Reflect Reality

All I Want Is To Watch Some Football In HD And For Bright House's Website To Reflect Reality

Here’s what Tim wants: to turn on his TV and watch football games in high definition. That’s pretty simple, and seems like a reasonable enough request. At least he thought so. His cable company, Bright House, advertises that they offer HD for free to their subscribers. Wow, that’s great! They quoted Tim a $29.99 rate, but failed to mention that he wouldn’t be able to receive HD without renting a cable box. You know, the HD channels that were the entire reason why he got cable in the first place. [More]

DirecTV Customers With Older HDTVs May Have Trouble Watching HBO

DirecTV Customers With Older HDTVs May Have Trouble Watching HBO

Even if your older HDTV has an HDMI port, you may not be able to connect your DirecTV receiver to your TV — at least not if you want to watch HBO. [More]

How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

If your HDTV set is malfunctioning you follow the advice most HDTV manufacturers put on their website, you can actually end up screwing yourself. Surprise, surprise. Here’s what you should do instead. [More]

Make Your Own Indoor HDTV Antenna From Cardboard And Aluminum Foil

Make Your Own Indoor HDTV Antenna From Cardboard And Aluminum Foil

You could drop $40-$70 on an indoor HDTV antennae, or you could make your own for a few bucks out of cardboard and aluminum foil. Since most TVs have built-in HD tuners, you can get local TV without paying for cable just by applying your DIY know-how. Reader Dave shares his instructions. [More]

ESPN Drives Football Fans Crazy With Arbitrary HD Blackouts

ESPN Drives Football Fans Crazy With Arbitrary HD Blackouts

Once you become addicted to watching football in HD, it’s tough to go back to standard definition. And when you realize that people in other parts of the country are getting to watch the game in dazzling HD while you suffer through your grainy, small-screen 1985 version thanks to a nonsensical decision by ESPN, it’s darn near maddening. [More]

Silly DirecTV Forgot To Waive My HD Fee

Silly DirecTV Forgot To Waive My HD Fee

In the rush to drop HD fees to attract new customers, DirecTV pulled a boner and forgot to remove the charges for at least one customer. Andrew says he called the company, reminded it of the oversight and got it to take HD charges off his account. [More]

Should I Assume All HDTVs Self-Destruct And Just Buy Something Crappy?

Should I Assume All HDTVs Self-Destruct And Just Buy Something Crappy?

Brendan has a question for the Consumerist hive mind. He wants to buy a large-ish HDTV, but isn’t sure that his usual method of buying technology–buy the cheapest thing he can get his hands on, and count on it not to break for a year or two–will work at these price points. [More]

Google TV Is A Thing Now, And It Can't Be More Pointless Than Wave

Google TV Is A Thing Now, And It Can't Be More Pointless Than Wave

We saw this coming a couple weeks ago, but now it’s official: Google is busting down your door and stealing away your TV. [More]

Netflix Now Offering HD Streaming On PCs And Macs

Netflix Now Offering HD Streaming On PCs And Macs

Netflix customers using computers can now get something that Xbox 360 and TiVo users have taken for granted: HD streaming. However, the fact that Netflix is now apparently making most of its HD titles available for high-def computer streaming doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll actually get the highest resolution on your rig. And, no matter how sharp the picture is, some films will still be just as bad. [More]

You Don't Need HDMI 1.4 Cables For 3D TV

You Don't Need HDMI 1.4 Cables For 3D TV

If you’re ready to shell out $3,000 for a new 3D-capable TV (plus as much as $150 for each additional set of goofy goggles), you can still save a few bucks in one place: cables. Despite what the aggressive electronics dealer might say, any high-speed HDMI cable will work just fine with today’s 3DTVs and Blu-ray disc players. And those so-called HDMI 1.4 cables? They’re not even allowed to mention them. [More]

HDTV Popular With Octopuses, Jury Still Out On Squid

HDTV Popular With Octopuses, Jury Still Out On Squid

Marine biologists studying octopi have begun using HDTV to simulate prey and predators, relying on the sharp onscreen images to trick the animals into responding as if they’re actually under attack or on the hunt (when basketball is on, they reach for breaded shrimp and Hebrew National franks). [More]

Family With Shattered TV Takes Best Buy To Court, Wins

Family With Shattered TV Takes Best Buy To Court, Wins

Remember the Florida family whose sad story of a smashed TV we shared on Super Bowl Sunday? When they unboxed their 50-inch plasma screen HDTV, they found a cracked screen and a world of sadness. They took a page from the Consumerist playbook and sued Best Buy in small claims court. When the mega-retailer failed to send a representative, they won a default judgment. [More]

New 3D TVs To Cost You $1K Per D

New 3D TVs To Cost You $1K Per D

Colin Boyd of Get the Big Picture put together a roundup on the upcoming home entertainment craze of 2010, 3DTV. The verdict: New bigscreen, 3D-capable TVs in the 46 to 50-inch range from Panasonic and Samsung will cost about $3,000. And the early industry standard seems to be that the sets will come with two pairs of glasses. Additional glasses, required for watching in non-blurry vision, will cost an extra $150. [More]

Hey, Time Warner Customers, Ready To Pay For Fox?

Hey, Time Warner Customers, Ready To Pay For Fox?

Customers of Time Warner Cable may consider themselves the victors in the battle between their cable operator and the Fox network. After all, the two sides came to a last-minute agreement on New Year’s Day guaranteeing that TWC customers will still be able to catch up with Homer Simpson, Walter Bishop and Jack Bauer. But guess who’s gonna pay for that? Here’s a hint: It’s not Rupert. [More]

Make Your New HDTV Slightly More Awesome

Make Your New HDTV Slightly More Awesome

Did you acquire a shiny, flat new HDTV in 2009′s end-of-the-year buying frenzy? If your new TV looks a little odd, you may need to calibrate it. Consumer Reports Electronics can help. [More]

Three Months Later, Hitachi Finally Makes Good For Busted TV

Three Months Later, Hitachi Finally Makes Good For Busted TV

Remember Mark, the gentleman who paid $200 to repair a Hitachi TV, only to see it immediately break again? Of course you don’t, because we posted his story three months ago.