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Based on the specs for the TV, the DS31520 is not an HD-ready display. It is at best an SD display with an NTSC (analog tuner). (Picture resolution: 330 lines, video input 660 lines) OTA ATSC signals are 480i (SD), 720p or 1080i (HD) where those are the number of horizontal lines of pixels. The manual is available here: http://www.sanyotv.com/DS31520%20%28ESF%29%203178--.pdf .
This is a fine TV for analog cable or OTA TV with a standard digital to analog converter box (which only give SD output). The TV has composite video and S-video inputs (again limited to SD).
For HD, you will need a new TV screen that can display more rows of data.
No this TV is not HD ready. However it is digital (ATSC) ready meaning now that most of the analog brodcasts have stopped it will receive the digital broadcasts so you don't need a converter box. Since it can only display 480i resolution it is not HD ready. You would need a TV that can display 720p or better to be considered HD ready.
I should mention, however, that if it's connected to cable (or certain satellite services), you won't need a converter to watch the TV - you'll receive the digital signal (although you won't have the 1080-pixel HD resolution - the 36A50 only has 850 lines of resolution).
I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. H2H
This TV is NOT High Definition but the picture is as close to HD as you can get. It also has 1 S-Video and 1 Composite port which gives a GREAT picture! I have owned this TV for about 8 years and still love it!
Check the back of the tv if there are at least two coaxial inputs on the back. They are the type of inputs for a standard cable that screws into the back of the tv and would look like they have threads on them. If your tv only has one coaxial input it probably is not DTV ready. Alternativley, use a search engine site (google, ask, yahoo etc.) type in the make and model number of the tv. Some websites go into detail as to how many inputs a tv has as well as what resolutions they support, dtv compatible, hd compatible etc.