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Re: What do I need to do to get ready for the Digital TV...
Hi perplexa, I am happy to help. With an old tv that only has a analog receiver you will need to buy a Digital Conversion Set Top Box, this a device that is able to receive digital signals, the cost of thew box runs from $40 to several hundred dollars, the basic box is all you need though, it comes with a remote and several different ways to connect it to your tv. Fortunately the government is offering coupons for $40 dollars off the price of the boxes. That's the good news, now for the bad, The funds for the coupons have been exhausted, you will now have to put your name on a waiting list and wait for already issued coupons to expire. Here is a link to get on the waiting list.
Once you receive your coupon, it can be redeemed on line or at a local store eg: Walmart. You will also need a antenna which I assume you already have and you are set to watch Digital TV.
If you need information on antennas go to this site.
Enjoy your digital experience and let me know if I can provide further assistance.
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Unsophisticated is the first word that comes to mind when describing a television like this one, making it an ideal choice for those who want something they can use to watch television but don’t care about anything else.. Without cable input, there is little hope to get the picture looking sharp and clear using an ordinary antennae. IT IS NOT DIGITAL AND RUNS ON the old RABBIT EARS.!
That unit has a NTSC tuner. May be HD Ready but it does not have a digital tuner. Unless you live quiet close to a local Broadcaster, rabbit ears would be useless.
The only way you would be able to get HD is using a HD Set Top Box, HD Satellite System,
or HD Cable BOX, using the Componet or HDMI inputs.
Hope this helps
First, make sure your connections are right. The rabbit ears need to be disconnected from the TV and reconnected to the converter box. Then the output cable from the converter box connects to the TV. Then try turning the rabbit ears or re-locating them near a window if the wire is long enough. You should be able to get some signal. A newer indoor antenna may help you pull in some of the weaker stations.
Your problem is definitely the input signal source to your tv. It is extremely rare where a new tv has a tuner signal sensitivity problem. The best thing to do is to replace your current set of rabbit ears with a different set of powered rabbit ears that have a higher gain rating with a variable gain control. Please note that the gain control setting is critical when setting up your tuner for auto-programming. If the gain control is set too low or too high it will result in your symptom.
If you still can't get it to work you could try buying a line amplifier which you would install to the rabbit ears before the tv. If you still can't get it to work you'll have no choice but to purchase an outside antennae as a result of your being in a weak signal area as signal quality changes by such things as the switch over to digital upcoming and environmental changes.
Indoor antennas have very limited capabilities especially in areas with elevation changes and heavy tree cover. Ideally, you should put an outdoor antenna on your roof or the highest elevation you can find with a relatively short distance to the TV. Make sure it has a good UHF section as this is where all digital broadcasts will be sent by the broadcasters as the digital transition occurs. You might try an amplified indoor antenna for better results than what you have now, but its no substitute for an outdoor antenna.