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I have three TV's, one is HDTV, the other two have converter boxes, the TV in my living room gets about 15 HD channels (w/converter box), the one in my bedroom gets 11 HD channels (w/converter box)and my sons room gets only 8 HD channels. They are all on the same older antenna and all have signal amplifiers. How do I get the 15 channels on all the sets?

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Buy a hdtv antenna to autoscan program channels which should bring in a lot more then reconnect with the older antenna afterwards and if you're still not getting all the channels then each source needs a strong hdtv antenna that can be adjusted manually.

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