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Is the emerson ewl20s5 digitally compatible

On trying to reset channels there did not seem to be any way to pick up the digital signals

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  • arthurwatt Jan 30, 2009

    The source is cable
    there are xome digital channels

    The EWL 20s5 only seems capable of tuning to analog signals though - can a convertor be purchased or is it useless once all digitalised.

    Arthur Watt


  • Devon Sacco
    Devon Sacco May 11, 2010

    Are they broadcasting digital in your area right now? Are you on cable, satellite, or annenta?

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I looked up the specs for your TV. It says nothing about a digital tuner at all. I believe you must get a box from your cable provider. I'm sure that they want to keep you around, so they should give you a cable box for free.

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