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How do I tell if my tv is analog

I have two tvs. I have Time Warner cable. However, I am interested in ditching cable service and have the new digital tv WITHOUT buying a new tv.  How do i tell if my current televisions only need a converter box - or do they even need a converter box - maybe all they need is an antennae.  Can you tell me how I figure out what my current televisions support? THanks. Dru

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  • dru_michaels Jan 25, 2009

    lone99star
    Thanks for the tip - meanwhile i have identified my two models and based on the antennaweb.org site i dont think either qualifies.
    I have a pansonic (not a phillips) CT 27D108 June 2000
    and a Sanyo DS27780 - i dont think it qualifies either.  thanks though

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    I have a Sanyo model DS27880. Is it analog?

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Dru:

Thanks for using Fixya. In order to clear up some confusion, let me explain the new digital standard.

As you have found, both of your sets will require the converter box. Boths sets have "Digital" tuners but are expecting Analog signals to be received. This means that the tuning is done using a digital method. The new digital standard (ATSC) broadcasts a digital signal that is broken down internally into the picture and sound. The new ATSC tuners are also digital but expect a digital not analog signal. Please note that if a satelite signal is used the older analog (NTSC) tuners will continue to work as usual. The ONLY change is for over air signals which are received using rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna.

Hope this helps,
Dan

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Hi Dru,
Good news, your 42 inch Phillips has a built in digital tuner, all you need is an antenna.
Please post the model of your other Tv and I will check on the tuner type.
I have provided a link to a site that has good info on antenna types and the channels you will be able to recieve.
http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx

Let me know if this was the information you requested and please rate this solution.Lone99star

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

  • Jason Morris Jan 25, 2009

    Hi Dru,


    Thanks for the reply, I am attaching another link to the governments Digital Conversion Coupon website, There is a waiting list now but as coupons expire more are issued. these coupons are for $40 dollars off the purchase price of a digital converter box, you should be able to get two.


    https://www.dtv2009.gov/



    I hope this helps.


    I wanted to take a minute to ask about the rating you gave for my solution, the ratings are confusing and can cause harm if not used correctly. You rated Thanks for Trying, that is actually a negative for me, it knocked my rating down almost a full point.
    If you would like to change the rating to at least Helpful it would be greatly appreciated, 


    Lone99star

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