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Do I need a converter for the February 2009 switch over?

I'm not sure if this set - manufactured in late 2004 - needs a converter?
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If you receive you rsignals from a set of rabbit ears or an antenna, yes you will need a converter. If you have cable or satellite a converter is not neeed.

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