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What is necessary to make my "HDTV capable" 2 year old set recieve true digital signals? Are the converter boxes available now capable of recieving and transferring the proper signal or are they just as the name implies 'Converters" which change the digital siganl to analog and supply it to the set? At the time of purchase I was assured that this particular unit would function with only the addition of a digital tuner box once the switch was completed. Did I get suckered?

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I just purchased a Magnovox converter at Wal-Mart with the coupon I ordered from the government program. Our TV is about 2 years old too and not HD. It has worked great. The reception and color is truly the best we've had in years. We live in the country about 50 miles from all the local stations and were told we would need a new antenna, so far the only channel we have problems with is the PBS. Not sure if it is antenna related or their signal strength. We don't have the problem until the sun comes up good. It has been great to get the additional channels that some stations have added. Hope this helps.

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Your TV will display all High Definition signals as 1080i True HDTV™ and all standard definition signals will be displayed as 480p.

Component Inputs 1-2
YPbPr(480i/480p/1080i)
These inputs can be used for the connection of A/V equipment with component video outputs, such as a DVD player or external HDTV receiver. Please see Appendix B for signal compatibility.
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This input is used to connect an external DTV receiver, and can be configured for YPrPb and RGB plus H&V signal types.

As a special feature, you have the ability to adjust the red and blue light beams in reference to the fixed green light beam. This process is called convergence. There are two separate memories for convergence. One, for SD 480i/480p signals; the other for HD 1080i signals. SD convergence should be adjusted while watching an SD source and HD convergence should be adjusted while watching an HD source.

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InputDTV
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I have been able to record down converted HDTV shows on my Panasonic DMR-EH50 recorder directly to the unit's hard drive and/or directly to a blank DVD-R disc.

I do not know of any DTV converter box that can provide the proper codes to the Panasonic DMR-EH50 to allow recording and scheduling of shows using the unit's built in TV Guide menuing functions (the program recording codes are essentially VCR Plus codes in the USA and VCR Video codes in the UK, and this technology was previously owned by TV Guide/Gemstar but was purchased by Macrovision within the past couple of years.)

When the DMR-EH50 is hooked up to standard RG-59/U coaxial TV cable, the cable company provides the specific VCR Plus recording codes, as well as auto setting the time and date information required for the TV Guide recording schedule menus. The VCR Plus recording codes are sent via the cable company through the coaxial cable to the end consumer's recording device. Since Gemstar's VCR-Plus patents are now owned by Macrovision, I am not sure of how this works (or will work) for non-cable/non-satellite customers or if such codes will be made available by Macrovision to record shows when one receives HDTV signals (or down converted DTV signals) from an over-the-air antenna.

Though the DMR-EH50 recorder can only record at Standard Definition (SD) broadcast resolutions, I connect the DMR-EH50 to my High Definition TV using the three progressive scan YPBPR output cables and switch my HD-TV into the YPBPR mode when I want to watch shows from the DMR-EH50.

YPBPR are the analog video signals carried by three color coded component video cables. The green cable carries the Y signal; the blue cable carries the PB signal; and the red cable carries the PR signal. The added benefit of using the YPBPR hookup is that you can 'up convert' a standard DVD disc (non HD Blu-Ray disc) in progressive scan mode to somethin akin to 720p resolution using the DM-EH50 (or any other progressive scan DVD player) to get a better quality image on your HD-TV.

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Almost any electronics store should be able to help you out.
heres some helpful info from www.dtv2009.gov
go to the link for your $40 coupons
*note DTV and HDTV are two different things, you want the HDTV box

Certified converter boxes are available from both national and local retailers. Call ahead to confirm availability of coupon-eligible converter boxes on the day you plan to shop. National Retailers Converter boxes can be purchased at any of these national retailers currently participating in the program:
  • Best Buy
  • Circuit City
  • Kmart
  • RadioShack
  • Sears
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
Locate participating national retailers in your area by completing the form below. Online and Telephone Retailers Converter boxes can also be purchased online or by telephone and can be shipped directly to your home. Online Retailers:
Telephone Retailers:
  • All American Direct at 1-800-249-1063
  • Best Buy DTV Hotline and Order Center at 1-877-BBY-DTV9 (1-877-229-3889)
  • Circuit City at 888-280-9382
  • DISH Network at 888-638-9912
  • Etronics at 1-800-323-7669
  • Fingerhut at 1-888-301-5606
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  • Online Electronics Liquidation at 800-717-1635
  • RadioShack DTV Telephone Order Center at 1-877-RS-DTV-4U (1-877-773-8848)
  • Satellite Radio Superstore at 800-513-8554
  • Solid Signal at 1-866-3SIGNAL (1-866-374-4625)

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