Moving always presents problems. Besides all the normal boring stuff like deciding where to put the furniture, a Geek is also presented with additional dilemmas like where to put the media server, what type of internet access to get, where to setup the home theater and the HTPC, and what type of TV service to use.
Since I've decided to move to an even smaller town than I lived in previously (much higher cow to people ratio), I can no longer get my precious Comcast. Millennium Digital serves my area and they are an 'unknown' entity to me - not to mention much more expensive than Comcast. I have decided to go with DSL this time around since it looks like I'll be able to get more upstream and roughly the same downstream bandwidth for about $20.00 less a month. So ISP decision made, that leaves TV...
I'm not going to make any real changes to my setup for watching movies. The projector is still the way to go, I only need to figure out where to mount it and the surrond system etc. But as for daytime TV viewing I've got to make some choices. The room I'm considering using for normal TV viewing doesn't have alot of space for a big CRT. Also I need to factor in the future Xbox 360 and all it's hi-def goodness. I've always been a bit stand-offish about plasma given the screen burn-in issue and wear out factor. I have recently noticed that LCD TVs are getting larger and really starting to come down in price however. I found at least two 37" LCD TVs with full 1080p resolution! A WestingHouse and a Sceptre. Both can be had for under 2k. That's 2 million pixels (1920 x 1080) of goodness thet can also be used as a PC monitor. Ahhh, thoughts of Half-life 2 at 37" wide. The Westinghouse is just a monitor while the Sceptre has a tuner for roughly the same price. Rumor has it that LCD prices will continue to drop this fall.
While half my brain ponders if this is finally the right time to hang a flat TV on the wall, the other half is occupied with the problem of keeping such a TV feed with signal. You can't very well have a high res TV and only watch low-res channels. Millennium Digitial doesn't appear to have any digital HDTV offering however. Also I figure I'm too far out to pickup the local HDTV over the air. So that pretty much leaves satellite as my only option. But after digging into the various offerings from DirectTV and Dish Network all I can tell so far is that much more research is going to be required. Of course any solution I move to that requires a set-top box will render my existing army of analog PC TV tuners and my home-grown DVR solution useless. Ahh what to do?
Anyone out there have HDTV advice they would like to share?