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Did You Waste Your Money On HD?

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Written by Keith Moran, NEWS10 ABC Creative Services Director

Did You Waste Your Money On HD? Most people did for one simple reason. Are you one of them?

Answer this question: What channel on cable do you chose when watching NEWS10 ABC?

If you are watching NEWS10 ABC over-the-air (with an antenna), you are already getting the full quality HD signal and need read no further.

If you have cable and answered channel 10, you are watching standard definition TV and don't even need that fancy new flat screen.

If you have satellite and do not subscribe to the HD package, you are watching every channel in SD (standard definition) and, again, do not need your new HD TV set.

OK, now I know what a lot of you are going to say. "The image fills my widescreen so it must be HD." That is not correct. HD television sets have a function, which you can change and really should, that will stretch an SD signal so that it fills in the whole frame. This makes viewers think they are watching HD when they are not. Most of us in the broadcast industry wish the TV manufacturers never put this option in the new sets. It distorts the image significantly and misleads the consumer into thinking they are watching HD. Stretching is taking a low quality standard definition image and making it even worse.

So, if you watch NEWS10 ABC on cable channel 10 or on the SD package on satellite, you are missing out on the clarity, depth, rich colors and amazing resolution of high definition television and underutilizing your HD TV set. It's easy to fix. The first thing you should do is turn off the stretching function on your TV. Some of them call it Zoom. Some call it Fill Screen. Some call it Wide Fit. You want to see the image as it truly is being delivered to you. On the TV in my office I select 16:9 (that is the actual ratio of the image - 16 wide by 9 high). Next for cable subscribers, there is a list below of the channel that carries the HD version of NEWS10 ABC. Choose this channel from now on when watching NEWS10 ABC. For satellite subscribers, you will need to change your package to one that offers the local stations in HD. After you do that, channel 10 on your receiver will automatically become HD.

We hope this information has been helpful to you and that you will now truly enjoy NEWS10 ABC in HD.

Cable System               NEWS10 ABC in HD Channel

Time Warner                  1810

Comcast Cable             710

Charter Comm               710

Verizon FIOS                 510

Midtel Cable                  702

Mid-Hudson                  610

State Telephone Co       210

Valstar                          410

Berkshire                      810

Princetown                    Not Available – ask your provider to add to their system

Chain Lakes                  Not Available – ask your provider to add to their system

DirecTV & DISH Network require HD package. When you have the HD package, channel 10 will be NEWS10 ABC in HD.

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