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Want to use DTV converter with my Toshiba 32AF42

I just cancelled my satelite service to save money. I'm not sure how to check if I need an antenna and then how to hook up one of those new DTV converters before February. I went through the whole manual and couldn't find anything other than how to use cable or satelite. Please advise. :-)

Joan

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  • joan_harbin Dec 09, 2008

    Thank you. This is exactly the information I needed to know. OK - so - now- where does one buy an antenna in 2008?! And how much do THEY cost? I have memories of that monstrosity that was attached to the house I grew up in. Do they still look like that? :-)



    Love your site.



    Joan

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If you're not on cable or satellite, you will need an antenna to get off-the-air reception. This TV does not have a DTV tuner, so you will also need the converter box. Depending on how far you are from the broadcasters' transmitters, you might be able to get away with an indoor antenna. Or you might find that you get few channels with the inside antenna and then you'll need something outdoors. There are a number of styles to choose from.

The antenna hooks to the converter box, and the converter box then goes to the TV. It can be hooked to the TV's "ANTENNA" connector. This should be covered in the set's manual where it shows you how to connect a regular antenna. With the box, your TV will always stay on channel 3 or 4 (depends on how you set up the box) and you'll change channels on the converter.

You can also connect the converter to the TV with audio and video cables like you would a DVD player. Most of the "coupon-eligible" converter boxes include direct video and audio output jacks. This gives you better picture and sound quality than by hooking it to the TV's antenna input.

Hooking up a converter box is like going back in time to when cable TV was new and you had to get a converter box from your cable company. Same way of hooking it up. Hope this helps!

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    DTV antennas can be large, but the broadcasts are in the UHF band which have always needed smaller antennas than the huge things for VHF. If you live in or near a metropolitan area you might not need more than
    an amplified indoor antenna, and they are available at most big
    retailers (Radio Shack, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.). They're cheap enough to pick one up to try before you decide you need one on the roof. I have put up a couple of different outside antennas from a company called antennasdirect.com and they look pretty neat and work well. Good luck and happy viewing.

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