I want to eliminate cable and use an antenna. The antenna instructions say that I have to set my TV to receive an ANTENNA single rather than a CABLE signle. I have gone through the TV menu and can't find anything like that. Is there such a switch? If so where is it and how do I get to it?
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Re: Switching from cable to an antenna
Well first off, on 2-9-09 the off air antenna will be eliminated. and you must have a converter box to receive signal. Now on the set that you have, you must check and see if its a dual tuner. NTSC or ATSC and still try to run the auto search on cable and see how many channels you get. Most Tvs only have cable setting and not off air. so try it and see.
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Usually a TV must be set to either channel 3 or 4 to receive a TV service provider such as cable or Direct TV. The service provider now controls your channels and broadcasts on either channel 3 or 4. You choose channels from what ever equipment they gave you which is usually not the remote that came with your set. You may need to check the way you are set up. If you are using an antenna go into the menu on the TV and make sure it is set to antennae not cable. This may also be the problem. Good luck.
Typically, your cable box will have two inputs & one output that goes either thru your VCR for recording puposes or just direct to the TV. Your switching will happen thru your cable box, like an A/B switch, designed so that when cable is down, you can switch over to locally broadcasted TV stations. With DTV now in play in most areas, you will want to connect the antenna's connector to your DTV box, then connect it to your cable box for switching back and forth. The new flat panel TVs already have a digital receiver built-in, so in that case you would eliminate the DTV box.
YES! the antenna will plug into the same spot the cable wire is connected too ( you may have to buy a adapter for $1.00 for the the antenna wires to connect to back of your set available at any wall-mart or radio shack) And since your switching to antenna you will need to buy a digatil converter box in FEB to get antenna TV!
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Most TV's have an option in the menu for antenna/air and cable. I t may also be labeled digital and analog as well. You need to ensure that you have this set to the signal you are trying to receive. Some TV's have two coaxial connections at the back usually labeled antenna A and antenna B or air and cable. If your's has this option you will need to be on the correct input for the signal you want to receive. I hope this is of assistance to you and thanks for using Fix Ya.
I don't know the menu system on your model, but you have to check that the tuner is in the proper mode. Also, some of the new TV set models cannot receive a standard analog TV signal from its tuner.
As for the distance from the transmitter sight, this depends mostly on the antenna quality, antenna location, the power output of the transmitter sight, compatiblity of the TV to the received signal, and also the capability of the TV's tuner.
Modern TV sets are really designed to be used with a satellite or cable TV box with their respective service.
Terrestrial TV is dying out, and in a matter of a number of years, it will be gone.
Assuming that you tried to tune stations onto the UHF bandwidth and received nothing,Commonly the tuner box is probably at fault and needs replacement. The VHF and UHF signals are split inside the tuner so if you receive VHF fine then UHF should as well unless faulty of course. Some circuits require an external IC to do the switching, but more on the older models. Regards and good luck, JUS004
If you ONLY have an Antenna or Cable input, you are going to need a Video & Audio to RF converter.. This connects to ya DVD Video & Sound OUT, and then connects to ya sets Antenna IN.
This device converts ya Video & Audio signal to Radio Frequency Signal that can be "Received" by ya set. (Basically a low power TV transmitter)
This is the only way I know of, if ya haven't got any other Inputs into a set.
Depending on the chassis, it could be the OBT has a bad componet or a parts bad in it or if theres a standup tuner it has to be replaced. You should take the set into a repair place for an estimate good Luck