from link provided in above postAn Integrated High Definition (HD) Digital Television ("HD IDTV") set is a television set with a built in High Definition digital tuner, (HD DVB-T). They do away with the need for a set top box and converts High Definition digital broadcasts on your television providing the best free to air picture quality.
You must have written down the wrong model number then as the website you provided is for an Australian one that has (as you say) a DVB-T tuner. Do you mean the LTD42V68GUS instead?I just came from the store and it has an integrated ntsc/atsc tuner for free to air full HD.
I was recently in a Winnipeg Electronics Store, and I asked if they had antenna for Digital OTA, Winnipeg only has one DTV station, and the clerk told me I had to have cable or satellite if I wanted to get HDTV that over the air is no good.Sales clerks can be idiots!
There are a bunch of factors at play here. As you say the video processors and algorithms can make a difference, but the quality of the source material the store uses can also have an effect. Most stores use component (analog) video cables and split the signal many times so some TVs may be receiving a better quality image than others (it wouldn't surprise me if this is intentional at some stores to make higher margin TVs look better). The picture presets can also make a difference as the stores don't bother calibrating them.I was in a Future Shop one time looking at 42" TVs comparing brands and 720p vs 1080p, and to me it appeared that some 720p units of the better brands looked better than some of the cheaper 1080p units, which I thought was odd.
Canadian Tire stores have these same 42" Hisense on sale again starting tomorrow. They still insist that these TV's have builtin ATSC tuners. Hmmm! I'm tempted to try one for a test drive.Has anone tried one of these Hisense brand HDTV's ?
They are available at CTC for about 400 bucks!