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Polaroid LCD ? HDTV ? Model# FLM-323B My hdtv antenna is connected to my hdtv port on my Polaroid 323B tv. It has worked more often than not. When it didn't work in the past, I just turned if off then back on and digital channels would appear. But now I just get a blue screen that says "No Signal" in top right corner. When I go to my hdtv from my menu, on my remote, all I get is a blue screen with some loud occasional hissing/popping sounds. Also when I try to enter the hdtv input on the menu with my remote I cannot enter the hdtv display or anything else. Menu will come up but goes off screen when I scroll over to the HDTV tab of menu. It just won't let me get to it, to try and rescan or whatever I need to do. So I've had to watch tv in analog mode.

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  •  Roland S Geter Sr
    Roland S Geter Sr Jul 30, 2009

    The external connection to the antenna terminal has nothing to do with
    this problem because when I go to my hdtv from my menu, on my remote,
    all I get is a blue
    screen. Also when I
    try to enter the hdtv input on the menu with my remote I cannot enter
    the hdtv display or anything else. Menu will come up but goes off
    screen when I scroll over to the HDTV tab of menu. It just won't let me
    get to it, to try and rescan or whatever I need to do. Not an
    antenna problem because I took the unit to a local repairman with a PERFECT
    antenna and they could get nothing different than me. They wanted
    $100.00/per hour to begin trouble shooting with no maximum guarantee.



  •  Roland S Geter Sr
    Roland S Geter Sr Jul 30, 2009

    I have no intention of paying $100.00/hr for local dealer to troubleshoot this problem.

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When was the last time you tried using your antenna? I've pulled up the manual for your TV and it doesn't say anything about your model having an ATSC tuner. That is what a digital tuner is called. Your TV has an NTSC tuner that can also pick up a PAL signal (meaning the TV can be used in Europe, South America, and other countries) but it doesn't appear to be DTV ready. Your manual mentions DTV, but only in conjunction with HDMI, VGA, and component inputs.

I want you to understand that DTV and HDTV are two different things. When you hear or see HD or HDTV it simply refers to high definition. A normal TV broadcast is aired in 480i which means 480 lines on the screen that are displaying picture information. This is also called standard definition or SDTV. High definition (HD) starts at 720i which is 720 vertical lines displaying picture information which gives you much more detail. As you've heard countless times by now, currently, HD goes up to 1080, which is of course 1,080 lines displaying picture information which is the sharpest picture available today.

DTV, as it is used most of the time in today's TV talk stands for digital television. As you know, prior to June 12, the U.S. used an analog signal to transmit all TV broadcasts. Now, the analog has all but been replaced by a digital signal except in a few rural places. However, DTV is not HD by definition. A local station can transmit their signal in HD which is one of the benefits of having a digital signal versus an analog signal. However, most local TV stations are still broadcasting in SD or standard definition.

So, understand that when you see HDTV it simply means your TV is capable of displaying at lest 720 lines of picture information. But you have to have a built in ATSC tuner in order to watch TV with an antenna.

I just finished a phone call with Polaroid tech support and they confirmed that your model does not have a digital tuner. This means
you will have to use a converter box if you want to view over-the-air local television broadcasts.

I hope I've provided you useful assistance and that this informationallows you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed fromhere. Please be sure to vote on my response. I hope I've earned agood rating from you today.

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The problem is simply bad reception from the HDtv antenna. Check if it is properly connected to your hdtv's port. If you can watch tv via analog mode, then the problem is most probably in your antenna. Check the cable also. You might want to consider replacing the antenna.

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    virtualhost Jul 30, 2009

    In your HDtv, do you see an INPUT button? If there is, try to press it on. If it doesnt work, then your HD functionality must be the problem.

    I suggest you take it to an authorized service center to avoid further damage from your unit.

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