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Antenna for my HDTV

I have a 53" panasonic HDTV and I just ordered Directv for my home. They don't offer local channels where I live so I have to resort to using an antenna for my locals.

Now, do I need to purchase a regular antenna or do I need to get a HDTV antenna? The stations in town are broadcast in HD, so I am under the assumption that its just my personal preference? Right? Wrong? Can you suggest some good antennas for the money?

Also, is there anything else I need to buy and install with my antenna? Cables? An amplifier(whatever that is)? Tuner?

As you can tell I am pretty clueless. I would appreciate any advice you can offer me. Thanks.

Chris

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Special HD or Digital antennas are not required to receive digital stations. A good VHF/UHF antenna should work. Try an amplified antenna for the best reception. Most antennas have a coax type connector which should connect to the ant. in jack on the back of your DirectTV box or to your tv depending how the box is connected to your tv.

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