Question about Philips Magnavox 42MF521D/37 Television
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
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,
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
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.
Let me know if this was the information you requested and please rate this solution.Lone99star
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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