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Do I need a converter box?

We do not have cable or satellite, but get decent reception with a booster and roof antennae. We just replaced our old television with a Sanyo model # DP26648. No rabbit ears, but a booster and roof antennae. Will we need a converter box after the conversion next month?
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Yes you will need a conveter box the switch isnt until febuary 14 so until then you can keep the antena but it may be cheaper for you to just buy satellite if you are thinking about switching in future months when things start to convert to everything in hd but that could be months or years away

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We have an indoor antenna and was wondering if we need a converter box to bring in digital channels?

Hi Virginia, we went through the analog/ digital changeover
here recently and it is all fairly straight forward really. If your tv is digital then you need no converter box. If your tv is analog then you will need a cnverter box. Some tvs are dual system compliant so only need to be switched over
The difference a good quality aerial makes to digital broadcast reception is great, I currently use amplified indoor aerials and they are adequate for our two sets but a good extenal aerial would be far better.
In direct answer to your question I believe you need an amplified indooe digital aerial if you eant decent digital reception.
An old analog aerial may not do the jov ....but you can always try it before buying any new equipment

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Need to know how to change and setup for use of antenna

Purchase your UHF/VHF antenna. The antenna can also be purchased at most electronic and retail stores. Consult your list from Step 1 and see how powerfulicon1.png the over-the-air signals are for your specific address. Purchase your antenna based on the broadcasting power you need to receive a clear picture on your TV. You might be able to get away with an indoor antenna if your signal strength is strong enough. If not, you'll need to purchase an outdoor antenna.

  • 4 Install your antenna (or have it done professionally) according to the building codes of your area. If you must use an outdoor antenna, it is a good ideaicon1.png to have the antenna professionally installed. This ensures that it is properly grounded on your roof, not too close to electrical wiring and stable during inclement weather.
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  • 6 View your picture and adjust your antenna accordingly for the clearest over-the-air feed. You should only need to make adjustments once. If you are having a difficult time getting a clear picture, use a signal strength indicator to see where you receive the most powerful signal.

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    I am moving tomorrow and won't be able to afford cable or satellite for awhile. I have a newer model Sanyo tv. Will I need a converter box or can I hook an antenna directly into the tv to pick u

    If your TV has the screw-on coaxial cable connection on the back, then you will not need a converter box. You can attach an internal or external antenna and have your TV scan for digital channels. The converter boxes are mostly for old CRT TVs with analog tuners or newer home theater "monitor" TVs which are being produced without built in tuners.

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    Poor reception or unable to receive certain tv channels on sets not connected to dish or cable - what is the solution?

    I would assume that your using digital converter boxes for the sets that are not hooked up to cable? Do you have digital antennas? The old analog style will work but reception will not be so good. You can find digital antennas almost any major department stores. The boxes are still available at some locations. Since the broadcasting has gone digital for regular channels,analog tvs will no longer recieve stations with out a digital converter box. I hope this helps.

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    I have a high definition digital TV have been tiring to get it to work with out having to get cabal but none of the antennas I have tried will work. I have been told i don't need a converter box by some...

    Hello - Sure can, You do NOT need a converter box. The TV has digital tuners built in and all TV broadcasts are digital now.

    You need to purchase and install an antenna based on how far you are from the actual broadcast towers and what kind of geography lies in between . Obviously I don't know where you live but for example; if you reside in a city where you are located within a few miles of the broadcast towers you could get by with an indoor rabbit ear antenna. Say you live in the suburbs of that city 10-20 miles away you could probably use a small attic or roof antenna. However, as in my case where I live approximately 35 miles away with some hills and buildings between me and the broadcast source I need to use a large roof antenna mounted on a tall mast.

    The simplest way to find out what kind of antenna you need is to visit this LINK and use the "See Which TV Stations You Can Get on a Map" tool. This will give you a very good estimate of the antenna you need. Until then don't buy any more antennas.

    When you get it setup right you will be very pleased. OTA (over the air) HD broadcasts are better in quaility than cable or satellite.

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    you will need to buy a digital converter box to get regular tv. The fcc has changes the way you get tv over the air. check at radio shack and they can get the box for you. should be around $40.00.

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    The TV pictures is on and off all the time. Help.

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    Digital conversion

    You are in good shape; the specs state that your model has an ATSC compatible tuner so you can receive either analog or digital.
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    Need to know if my tv is digital or analog?

    most new tv's are digital capable...
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