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how long before hdtv becomes the only option on tv-and do hd to sd converters for channels exist?


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I have never had satellite tv, but I have noticed upon a recent freeview box update, that some new channels (that have been previously available on sky) are hd only. I do not have an hdtv, which has got me wondering about how long users believe it may take for standard digital tv to be replaced entirely by high definition only, bearing in mind that some of the lowest priced HDTVs are hardly what you would call very expensive (around £80)? I am also wondering if anyone knows if there is such a thing as a box for your tv or freeview that can convert hd channels to standard quality, to watch on a non-hdtv? I have googled this up before and there were a few scams going regarding such converters, which doesnt give much hope,lol.


Browsing the latest Smart HDTVs on amazon, that can record tv from popular tv channel online tv players,browse the internet and shop online, connect to social networks etc, while they are expensive at the moment (samsungs at £300+) I wonder what impact they may have in the long run to the pc market, with users that may have only bought a laptop or pc to do just that. I suppose very similar to what the smartphone has done-once smart tvs become standard, the impact will surely be massive.

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