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Determining if TV has a digital tuner

I have a RCA TV model g26289tk manufactured in 1991 and I am trying to determine if I need a digital converter box.

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  • threelittlea Jan 13, 2009

    I am using an external antenna.

  • threelittlea Jan 13, 2009

    Thank you both for your help.

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A converter box is only required if you are using an external antenna (rabbit ears or rooftop). If you are connected to cable or satelite, no converter is needed. Please do not confuse a digital tuner (select channels using numbers) from a digital broadcast. The current broadcast system uses an analog signal. The changeover is to convert that signal to a digital one which will take less frequency space for the same channel. This frees up space for additional channels.

Hope this helps,
Dan

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No! this TV will need a converter box!
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Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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