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Old VCR with NTSC tuner

Once the switchover to digital takes place, will my current connection (coax from the wall - no settop box) directly into the VCR work or do I have to get a converter box?

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  • jason May 11, 2010

    is it basic cable or just an antenna? cable -- you don't need the digital box , if it is just an antenna then yes you will need the digital converter box , the vcr does not pick up the digital signals

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Is the coax cable tv? if yes then no you will not
if it is just an antenna , then yes you will need the converter box

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