I know that my Emerson TV is analog, I have a converter box, but the problem that I am having it the antenna, I have tried many, and I can only get channel 27 which is a Spanish channel. Am I doing something wrong, or does anyone know of a good antenna I can try.
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Re: best antenna for an old Emerson TV
One major problem with digital broadcasting is that signal strength is an issue. It is entirely possible that people who live far enough away from the stations, or where there are many hills or other obstructions, may find they get few or even no channels. (It's one of the reasons there's been so much confusion and upset over the shift to digital. Some people are just going to be out of luck; the government knows it but they just pretty much say "Too bad.")
If you are using an indoor antenna, like the old rabbit ears that may have worked okay with analog, you should try a new amplified antenna made for the digital signals. You might find it necessary to install an outside antenna. If you already have an outside antenna but it's the same one you've had up for years, you should replace it. It's probably corroded, the cable from it won't be the best for the digital frequencies, and it may not be pointing in the right direction.
There are many antennas to choose from. I know of several people who have purchased antennas online from antennasdirect.com and have been quite happy. You might try talking to others in your area who may already have figured out what works well, and use the same antenna as they have.
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There is no difference between a "digital" and analog antenna. Either antenna will capture the signal. What you need is a digital converter box to convert the over air digital signal to the older analog type signal your TV needs. You connect the antenna to the digital converter box, and the digital converter box to the TV. Several years ago, the US government forced peopel to buy digital converter boxes or newer TVs that could pick up the digital signal. Either get a digital converter box or a new TV.
what you need is a converter box to convert analog signals to digital. I know there is one in Best Buy (not sure if there is one in your location) but they have one called access digital tv converter. They are about $50 (CAN). You would still need your antenna or however you get your analog signals. The antenna needs to be plugged into your converter box and then the box would need to be connected to your tv. Good luck.
Your tv is a digital tv, so you do NOT need a converter box. The tv has a built in digital tuner. But if you have any other older tv's then what you need is a converter box to convert analog signals to digital. I know there is one in Best Buy (not sure if there is one in your location) but they have one called access digital tv converter. They are about $50 (CAN). You would still need your antenna or however you get your analog signals. The antenna needs to be plugged into your converter box and then the box would need to be connected to your tv.
Most DTV converter boxes have 2 outputs available; RF and component video. The RF goes in between the antenna and the TV and acts as a frontend tuner. The TV needs to be set to Channel 3 or 4 (depending on the box) and left there. All tuning is then by the converter box. By the way, you need to scan for channels as part of the setup. The other method is by using the audio/video component inputs to the TV and the set would then select AUX 1 or 2 etc to get the box input, and tune via the box.
Hi, I am posting the instructions of how to set up the analog converter box :- Hope it will you. ·Things you’llneed: Analog TV, antenna, two coaxial cable, and converter box ·Instructions: Step 1 Unplug coaxial cable on the back of TV "antenna in" (RF) port Step 2 Insert coaxial wire into the "antenna in" on the converter box Step 3 Use second coaxial wire and plug in the converter box, "out to TV" port. Plug the other end into “antenna in" on the TV Step 4 Power on the converter box and TV. Change TV channel to 3 or 4. Follow on screen instruction to Complete setup. Step 5 After setup you will begin to see more channels than before with better clarity. Some stations will broadcast two or three channels. Enjoy
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Make sure you have a good connection from the antenna to the converter box. Set your TV to channel 3 or 4. The converter won't improve reception in any way, and it's possible you might need to relocate your antenna or get an exterior antenna hooked up to improve the signal strength. If you have enough antenna cable, and you're only using rabbit ears, hang them out the window or up on a curtain rod and see if that improves things. Some people have good luck with the new digital style set-top antennas. I think you'll have best luck, though, with an old roof-top antenna that's set up to feed your converter. Best of luck to you!
most new tv's are digital capable...
but here is the trick the convertor box are only for those who don't have cable or satellite service if you use only an antenna to get channels then yes you will need a converter box for each tv that uses only the antenna to get channels if you have satellite or cable service then they don't need a converter box even if they have basic cable they won't need the box there channels are already digital converting now there are a few events that was in anlog but there are being converted as best as possible but you may notice the difference in the pictures betwwen analog (usaully old time movies or show even commercials) Digital (most everything now that are new stuff are digital and even in hd now)...
ATSC tuners ("D/A converters") pick up signals off the air just like old school television. It sounds like you are just not getting a signal of sufficient strength. A weak analog signal looks like a "snowy" picture, which most of us are used to. But, the new digital channels quickly go from a perfect picture to none at all. It's basically all-or-nothing.
Try attaching an antenna to your converter. I know you can buy a new antenna from your local big box electronics store which is labeled "Terrestrial HDTV" or something, but that really doesn't mean anything. You can use any old TV antenna. Even a quality FM antenna (with an F-Pin coax connection) may work just fine.
When setting up the antenna, keep in mind that different channels are transmitted from different towers, in different locations with different strengths. Move the antenna placement and position around (just like grandpa had to do). You may have to make a compromise to get the best signal for your favorite channels.