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Analog antenna I have an analog Toshiba television. I would like to get a new antenna, but before I buy one, I wanted to know if there is a converter box/antenna combination (a 2-in-1). Thanks!

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  • matti1982 Jul 07, 2008

    I need a new antenna anyways- Is there one you recommend? I just use the regular air channels.

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Hi matti1982,

According to the FCC’s dedicated website at http://www.dtv.gov, the same antenna you use right now for an analog reception will likely work well to receive digital channels. I am not aware of a package bundling the two products together, but it is quite possible a retailer could do so. I would check out what the FCC has to say about the transition to digital broadcasting before determining if you will buy a new antenna.

Thank you,
Jason,
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Posted on Jul 02, 2008

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    Jason Parker Jul 09, 2008

    Hi matti1982,



    The best antenna for you depends on a lot of factors, so there would not be any one specific product for me to recommend. What you want to consider are things like your distance from broadcasting towers, obstacles like large trees or buildings in your way, and the location of the antenna itself. If your home has a pretty clear path and small distance to the tower, you should not need a very powerful antenna. If your antenna will be placed downstairs or not close to any windows, you may need some amplification.



    Besides placement, you will want to consider the types of channels you wish to receive. Some antennas are better at receiving UHF, some VHF, and some both. Find out what kind of television reception you need.



    Also, some antennas need to be aimed for a clear signal, while others are omnidirectional. Most ominidirectional antennas require much less fine tuning between channels than conventional "rabbit ears."



    My best suggestion is to speak face-to-face with a home theater specialist who can weigh all of your factors to make an accurate recommendation.



    Thank you,

    Jason,

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