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Re: will tv convert to digital
No you will need a box and a hd antena
your tv if it is hd ready will then recive hd quality tv.
the only time you dont need a box is with cable or sat thay provide the convershions.
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If neither TV has a digital TV tuner, you will only be able to watch one channel on both TVs with one converter box. You will also need some sort of RF repeater if you want the person in the second room to change the station without moving the box. You will need a splitter/amplifier connected to the converter box TV out. (I'll assume you are using the coax out.) If you will only watch one TV at a time, then use an A/B switch on the converter box TV out.
If one of the TVs has a digital tuner, put the splitter/amplifier between the antenna and the converter box and the TV with the digital tuner.
Note: amplifier/splitters and switches do fail. If you get a "no signal" message, take out the splitter and connect the converter box directly to the antenna or one of the TVs depending on your set up.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (I use an A/B switch between the antenna and the TV and converter box for feeding an old VCR/DVD recorder.)
The only way to get your cable company's digital cable into the VCR is to provide a separate cable TV converter box for it.
This will be "an additional outlet" as far as the cable company is concerned - which means you'll pay extra for it. The other problem will be that you will have to locate the VCR cable converter away from the one used to send a program to the TV. This is because there is a very good chance that when you aim the remote to change the channel on the TV's cable converter - it will also try to change the VCR cable converter box.
If however, you have HD service on your TV you should not get an HD box for the VCR - unless there are stations that only exist on the HD converter box. This is because your VCR (like all the others in the world) are only capable of recording the old, analog "SD" or standard definition video signals. If you decide to go the route of an HD and an SD converter setup, you may not have a problem with one remote controlling both converters. Ask the installer (or test yourself) before setting it all up and merely assuming it will work as you expect.
If you end up with two identical converter boxes, you're going to need to either separate them so that the remote will not operate both at the same time. If this isn't doable, you might consider placing electrical tape or similar to block the remote signals from reaching the the VCR converter, and use the channel up / down controls on the converter box itself to tune instead. Since the VCR will only record what is sent to it - you'll have to make sure the converter box is not only on, but tuned to the correct channel before each time you want to record something. This brings up the last caveat, you'll need to set your VCR channel to match the output of the converter box (usually ch 3 or ch 4) and record only that channel. You could simply connect the converter audio and video output to the VCR's audio and video input instead. If you do this, make sure the VCR is programmed to record only the audio and video input ("A / V") instead of a channel.
This can sound a little complex - and it is to some people, but with a little work and some time, you'll be able to do this fairly easily. I wish there was an easier way to do this - but not yet with cable companies so far. The satellite providers are ahead on this with "multi-room viewing" service. Something to think about the next time your cable company announces a rate hike.
I assume you have cable. The cable HD and digital channels are usually sent in Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). The cable companies are required to send local channels in the clear but not so for any others. Regular (basic) channels may be clear or scrambled. USA many not be but HBO will be.
So you have 1 of 2 problems: (1) your TV does not do QAM or (2) they have scrambled the channels you want to see. Questions: (1) Have tried direct Over-the-Air (OTA, ATSC) reception for your locals? (2) Can you see the HD local channels on cable? (3) Are you paying for an HD box from the cable company to have the channels decoded? If in doubt contact the cable company.
Current Samsung TVs do do QAM and OTA HD. Alternatives are Dish or Direct to get satellite with an HD receiver using HDMI or 5-cable RCA. Costs are comparable but OTA wins, hands down.
I assume you are not trying to steal service, that you just want to use your cable signal on a TV without using a cable box. The NTSC (analog) and clear QAM (digital) signals will work on many recent TVs. Encrypted signal require a box from your cable company. BTW, the cable company are not allowed to encrypt local channels but will certainly do it for all premium channels and may do it for all digital channels except the locals. This assumes you bought a TV with QAM.
If you have cable already, you do not need to use a converter for your picture. You would still just hook your coax cable to the tv right from the cable inlet. The converter is for over the air signals only, so you would place it between your bunny ears and the tv to convert your signal for your tv.
A digital converter box will only allow an analog TV to to operate in analog when using a stick antenna... If you have cable or sat Tv then you won't need the converter because those companies already do the conversion for you.
If you have a HD Tv than by all means it will get HD without a converter using a stick antenna and several stations are available or will be available on cable and sat with extra fees...
Hope this helps!
Unfortunately no, unless you get a second converter box. You're using the converter box to select channels, and it can only be on one channel at a time. With a second converter box, you might find you need a second antenna too (so you can get a signal on both channels). And you can't program your VCR to record on different channels (since it can't control the coverter box to change channels).
(This is a case of history repeating itself. When cable TV was new, and most TV's and VCR's weren't cable-ready, you needed to use the cable company's converter box. The same problems came up then too!)
Based on the specs that I have read I am going to say you cannot hook up cable to the converter. Best thing to do would be to call cable company that provides service there and see if it was turned off on the billing side they probably just didn't come out and disconnect from the pole. That might give you service but missing some features such as tv guide channel. Now some tv's have tv guide built into them and maybe in the move that feature on the tv was turned off it they were using it that way before. Here is what the specs say about that converter:
Use this digital-to-analog converter to convert digital TV broadcast signals to analog signals on analog TVs with antenna-based reception.