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Put up a digital HD antenna outside on a 20 " ft pole. Used it on an older TV with the assistance of a SDTV Digital to Analog converter box. Recieved upwards of 30 channels very clear. Decided to hook the same antenna minus the converter box assuming this 2 year old HD LCD Flat Screen is Digital ready and have no need to convert anything to analog. I hooked the antenna lead into the ANT 1 (air) IN connection. Activated the Auto Program and it indicates that it searched for all available channels. After it had finished it had "memorized" only the first 7 or 8 channels starting at 6-1 and the last being 17-5. Its missing everything above 17-5 starting with the next in line of 19-1 and up involving upwards of 20 more channels some just as local as the first 6-1 thru 6-3. There are a few up around 47 that I can recieve withy no antenna whatsoever. But this thing stops at DTV AIR 17-5.Please tell me this 2000 dollar TV doesn't need a 19 dollar converter box. Havent checked the "power signal strength" cause I don't care. It worked and had plenty of signal strength for a 11 year old 19" Sony that my dad thanked me for hauling off for him. I get excellent very impressive HD on a Local channel (6-1). Seems to be plenty of signal for that station which happens to be considerably farther away than some of the ones it won't, can't or refuses to recieve. It wouldnt surprise me if somehow this thing doesnt squeeze another hundred or better out of me just so my wife can watch american idol tonight. If they (criminals) can get away with charging 95 dollars for a 6 foot cord (that SHOULD come WITH the TV) they wont think twice about sucking another hundred for something this thing NEEDS to function. Didnt have to buy the power cord seperate.....yet. I NEED those other channels by tonight....Please Help

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    Billy Hawk May 18, 2011

    OK...Just need to clear up one more issue concerning the manual instruction for connecting box to TV. They are refering to this converter as a "cable box" obviously. It says to hook up the ANT OUT from the box to ANT2 (Cable) terminal on the tv. I am not hooking up "cable", its still AIR just through a converter box. Do I use the "ANT2 (Cable) terminal like it says or do I go back to ANT1 (Air). Or am I going to have to have a splitter and a RF (A/B) switch and get DTV channels I have now on A and the rest on B which went through the converter box?

    I understood what you said about the signal and reciever, however; the manual keeps using the term 'de-scrambler" with referrence to the box instead of "converter" as its function. I know the box provides a considerable "boost" in signal strength, hence; figuring out the correct terminal to use on the TV. There's nothing to descramble. It just needs to grab channels that are not only there' but several of them considerably stronger than the few it DID manage to get. Hell sometimes channel 47 interferes with my dreamin at night its so strong. Anyway its incredible difficult to attach these cables to the terminals without taking the whole thing off the wall so I'd rather just have to do it one more time instead of trial and error method I usually go with.


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    Billy Hawk May 19, 2011

    OK....Thanks for the least for the moment have accomplished my goal of getting American Idol up on the wall by 7:00. Don't like the Box, I hate the Box, but it and you got me where I needed to be when I needed to be there. I'm thinking a better more powerful antenna. Thanks again.



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Although your Samsung has HDTV comailant tuner inside, it must get sufficiant signas strength to memorize all the HDTV channels. Normally HDTV signals are weak compare to analogue transnsmission signals, and contain more details. As transmission details increased, bandwidth also increses with it, which inversly down the signal strength that falls on the antenna. That is why everyone uses the converter box, which will get one or two step upward the signal. Moreover, large screen TV circuits are so designed to receive strong signals, especially to HDTV signals.
The internal tuner has a large bandwidth, but small amplifying power. It is same to all the HDTVs irrespecitve of which company produces it. Never bother about the price of the converter; give importance to its perfomance only. OK.

Posted on May 18, 2011

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    The Knight May 18, 2011

    Ofcourse not. You can connect only air or cable or both at the same time. Now you are using only Air. So connect it only. OK.



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