Online site says it needs to have a ATSC tuner,not sure it is equipped with this.Back of user guide says television system is NTSC..we do have dish network,but I believe the tv needs to be compatiable also.Do we need the converter box?
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Depending on your location, you may need an external antenna to view any digital broadcasts. If you use one antenna with several TVs, you may also need an amplifier. (Note: amplifiers do fail and can become filters that block some channels.) To check the recommended antenna for your location, see http://www.tvfool.com ; this site gives more specific information on the antenna needed to receive surrounding station transmitters.
I'd need the model number to tell if the RCA TV has a digital (ATSC) or analog (NTSC) tuner. The mandate for inclusion of the ATSC tuner depended on the size of the TV and the year of manufacture. Small (<25" diagonal) TVs didn't need to have an ATSC tuner when they were built until 2007. The older TVs could still be sold with a "cable-ready" or similar NTSC only label. (The 32"+ TVs had to have the ATSC tuners in 2005 and the mid-size TVs had to have the digital tuners in 2006.)
For example the 27F530T was manufactured in 2003 and only has a NTSC tuner. However, the 20F424T was manufactured in 2008 and does have an ATSC tuner.
If the TV is an analog only you will need to get a digital converter box to be able to use a digital antenna. You can find this online by doing a Google search or you can try Ebay they have a bunch of them 662results for tv digital converter box
Which model do you have? The ATSC tuners were required in 42" TVs starting in the middle of 2005. Some Hitachi 42" TVs built before that date have an ATSC tuner but other models do not. The ones that didn't were usually called HD-ready TVs. For those models, you need a set-top box to receive OTA signals (except for some low power stations that continue to broadcast an analog signal).
If you provide your model number, I'll try to confirm the tuner information. If you look at the model information plaque on the back of the TV, you will see some information about when the unit was manufactured. If it was built in 2006 or later, you can be sure that the unit has a digital tuner.
As long as you have a ATSC tuner in the set you can use rabbit ears or an outside antenna like years ago. Look up your model number with Bing or Google and find a site that displays all the technical specs and look for equipped with ATSC tuner for Air signal.
If you don't have that tuner then you will have to have a cable hd box with component outputs, they take care of that.
This set is listed as having the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner. This tuner provides reception of digital over-the-air (antenna/rabbit ears) signals and would therefore not need a converter box fir that use.
If you are trying to receive un-encrypted digital signals from cable, the ATSC tuner does no good. The set would then require a QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) tuner. I am not sure if this set has a QAM tuner or not. Even if it did not, your cable provider must provide a way for you to receive their signal and should make their converter box available to you.
if there is a label on the tv stating any of these words “Integrated Digital Tuner,” “Digital Tuner Built-In,” “Digital Receiver,” or “Digital Tuner,” “DTV,” “ATSC,” or “HDTV” then yes if they say “Digital Monitor” or “HDTV Monitor,” or as “Digital Ready” or “HDTV Ready" then no
Your specs are here, http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sanyo-clt1554-15-lcd/4507-6482_7-32013875.html?tag=mncol;psum
unfortunately you have a
Analog TV TunerNTSC
Enhanced Definition Television (EDTV) Monitor - EDTV Monitor refers to a monitor or display with the following minimum performance attributes:- Display Scanning Format: Has active vertical scanning lines of 480 progressive (480p) or higher- Aspect Ratio: None specified
You need a tv that has this:
Enhanced Definition Television (EDTV) Tuner - EDTV Tuner refers to a RF receiver with the following minimum performance attributes: - Receiver: Receives ATSC terrestrial digital transmissions and decodes all ATSC Table 3 video formats.