I have a Toshiba Regza and a Samsung HD TVs with QAM tuner but the Toshiba does not tune in all the channels that the Samsung does. Both are on the same Comcast cable feed without any digital converter box. Just basic cable. The Samsung can tune in more digital channels than the Toshiba. How is that possibe? Can the Toshiba's firmware be upgraded to receive more digital channels from cable. The Toshiba was purchased in 1/08 and the Samsung was purchased in 9/08. What gives?
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As far as I can make out, this Toshiba model is made for the US market so doesn't actually have a freeview tuner. It will only receive satellite and cable HD signals and local US TV, all of which has to be bought. You need to get something like an August DVB400 - HD Freeview Set Top Box -Digital PVR Tuner with USB TV Recording, eBay would be best I think, where they are sold for under £30.00. The tuner packed up on my 32" Regza so I bought one of these and it works fine. Plus you can record to a USB stick if you don't want to miss a programme. Hope this helps ......BS
If the TV is sold in the UK, then yes it has a QAM tuner.
All TVs have to be able to pick up Freeview to legally be sold as a TV in the UK. Freeview is the public name for the DVB-T service which is our Digital Video Broadcast - Terrestrial service. DVB-T is just the standard definition channels. DVB-T2 is the version of Freeview that includes HD as well as SD channels. The QAMs are the way in which the signal is encoded. But it's really a level of detail that you don't need to go to. It's sufficient to know that the tuner is ether DVB-T for SD only, or DVB-T2 to pick up SD and HD.
Greetings - Your Sony has the standard tuners for a current HDTV, NTSC (analog), QAM (cable), and ATSC (digital/HD) broadcast..
There's something going on with the Sony TV. It's a pretty high end TV so it might have some additional features that require you to do something different (I doubt it) but make sure you've been through the manual.
If you didn't get one with the TV you can download a PDF version HERE.
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To get HD channel form your cable TV without using the cable provider HD tuner box but using your TV Clear QAM tuner (your TV has Clear QAM tuner, my TV also has QAM tuner so I do not have to use the cabel box, but my COMCAST does not provide may Clear QAM signals like they use to) to get the unscrambled HD, the cable provider must provide those unscrambled Clear QAMsignals for your TV to pick up the signalS.
Learn more about Clear QAM cable signals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAM_(television)
Did you use the correct setup during the tuner setup to scan the availabel cable channel per user manual?
You do not want to buy HD ready (ready means it will accept HD sources), Ful HD TV will have ATSC digital tuner for off the air signal, you will want it to have QAM tuner also so if you decide to get cable, you can get unencryped HD programs without using the cable box (that is what I am using with my Entended BASIC Comcast cable without using/renting their box, Comcast gives three free boxes, then you have to rent the rest if you have more than 3 TVs at about $7 a month).
You, my friend, are all ready to go. You have an ATSC tuner along with QAM for digital cable. It has 720p resolution, next step in the future-1080p. You do not need a Digital Converter box, only if you want the premium channels just like before. HAVE FUN and ENJOY.