In an attempt to dump crappy analog cable for local channels, I'm seeking opinions on the better set-up:
[Preface: My television is a 32" Sony Wega with component and s-video inputs in addition to the usual composite and RF. It is NOT an HDTV monitor, but a nice flatscreen set nonetheless.]
OPTION 1: Get local TV channels via DirecTV satellite connected with S-video. (They've just added my local market.)
OPTION 2: Buy a Samsung SIR-T151 decoder, set the output to 480i--which my Sony supports--and get locals digitally over the air either via S-video or component video. (And yes, all my locals are broadcasting 24/7 in DTV.)
In terms of quality, would there be any difference since they're both digital? I know DirecTV would always be 4:3, whereas some HDTV content at 16:9 would mean black bars on my set. (Not a big deal to me.) Obviously, DTV is free, but I'd have to buy the settop box. DirecTV is $6 a month. Advice?