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Magnavox 27mdtr20 17

Is this a high def TV or will I need a converter?

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Ive bought 2 remotes just the like the one that came with the tv and none work with it..including the one that came with..nor can i find any working code for universal remote...HELP

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The Magnavox 27mdtr20/17 is a standard def. television produced in 2003 by the Philips-Magnavox Corporation. This particular model was conceptualized long before DTV was an option, and much further before Digital Television Broadcasts were considered a viable option for our current current communications problems.

You will need a DTV box IF:
A) You use an antenna (roof top or otherwise) to watch television

You will not need a DTV converter box IF:
A) You subscribe to cable services, either analog or digital
B) You subscribe to satalite services

For more information on the reasons behind the DTV transition, as well as getting valuable cupons from the federal government to help subsidize the cost of a DTV box, please visit this site:

https://www.dtv2009.gov/

I hope this helped,
Remy

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