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HD signals starting Feb 2009

Is there a HD tuner available for retrofit into the above unit?

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  • choral Nov 02, 2008

    I have the same problem and do not have cable or satellite. With the IR Blaster for this unit work with any converter boxes?

  • janb7 Feb 03, 2009

    I have the same problem and wonder if the only solution is to buy a new DVR to get full functionality. I suppose Panasonic would not want to provide a retrofit because then they make less profit, unless, of course, the cost of the retrofit is sufficient to compete with the profit they make on a new DVR. But on the Panasonic website, the analog tuner is listed at only about $85 as a replacement part, so I don't see how they could justify a 100% or mark up for a digital tuner. I don't even know if a digital tuner could interface to the other components, not being a video engineer.

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Well if you are on cable or satellite dish it won't be a problem....but if you use an analog antenna - you have no recourse.

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