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HD - Digital Converter Box

by JIMMIE7700 / August 19, 2008 1:35 AM PDT

Okay, I have an HD-LCD tv that does not have a built in digital tuner. I want to pick up over the air digital & HD tv.

I am a little confused about what kind of set top converter box to get? It seems like all of the boxes are just digital and not HD compatible?

Need some advice please...


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You're looking in the wrong place. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 19, 2008 10:58 AM PDT
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Cory Is Right
by antennaguy / August 20, 2008 2:28 AM PDT

You need an HDTV tuner box.

But your digital reception starts with the right antenna.

You should certainly try your old antenna first. It?s true that any of these older antennas will pick up some signals, maybe all the digital broadcast signals you wants to receive, depending on your location. If you?re getting all the OTA channels you want, than you?re good to go.

While Antennas can?t tell the difference between analog and digital signals, there are definitely certain models which have higher DTV batting averages than others. Not all antennas are equally suited for DTV. A percentage of viewers will require something a little more tailored for DTV reception.

Cable and satellite program providers will continue to serve the great majority of homes as the primary signal source, missing HD local reception, compression issues, higher costs, billing add-ons, service outages, contact difficulties, in-home service waits and no shows have left many of these subscribers looking to OTA antennas as a good, alternative.

With one of the newer and smaller OTA antennas, with greatly improved performance, power and aesthetics, viewers may also be able to receive out-of-town channels, carrying blacked out sports programs, several additional sub-channels or network broadcasts not originally available with analogue. And for those with an HDTV like you, almost completely uncompressed HD broadcasts.

Go to to see quickly what stations are available, the distance, and compass heading to help in choosing and aiming your antenna. And if you decide to buy a newer antenna, buy it from a source that will completely refund your purchase price, no questions asked, if it doesn?t do the job.

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by JIMMIE7700 / August 20, 2008 3:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Cory Is Right

Antenna Guy,

Thank you very much for the informative post. Very helpful Thanks!


Thank you as well.

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