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Which tv converter box and antenna will I need?

by Becky M / March 14, 2008 10:14 PM PDT

I have an analog tv and use rabbit ears for reception. I am also 28 miles from all stations. Which box should I buy or what features/specs should I look for in a box. I am seeing them run from $50 to $200.

Since the switch won't take place until next February and I have to use my coupon before August, will I get a true idea of what total "silence" will look like when I plug the box in or will the fact that analog is still there give me a better picture than I really will have?

Will I still be able to use my rabbit ears or will I need a stronger antenna? I am assuming that the antenna's effectiveness will be diminished somewhat because it is being run through the box. My antenna isn't at all a fancy one..."ears" with a small ring in the middle and a dial for UHF/Vhf.

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based on what you're talking about
by obobskivich / March 15, 2008 4:13 PM PDT

you'll likely need a new digital antenna and box, although honestly i'd just get cable or sattelite TV (why not?)

when it comes to getting a digital to analog device, i'd just go for what you can afford, if you've got some product links i'd be happy to look them over, although I'm going to venture that its all basically the same stuff (you can only get so much quality with over-the-air broadcasts, its like car stereos, after a point spending the money is worthless if you just want to listen to the radio)

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by Becky M / March 16, 2008 12:07 AM PDT

"...i'd just get cable or sattelite TV (why not?)..." an additional $25 per month for cable and $40 per month for satellite. Sounds like I'll be just getting my news, weather and sports, etc. on the internet. I am on a fixed income and can barely afford my internet connection as it is.

Maybe there will be more reviews on some of these boxes before the coupon expires.

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settings for strong box
by rodd65 / January 17, 2010 10:28 AM PST

gday, can anyone help me with which satellite to use, which frequency, what symbol rate and what polarization to be on? im at burekup just north of bunbury,wa. i have an analogue tv. thanks rod

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Start a new thread with more info
by Pepe7 / January 17, 2010 12:54 PM PST

You need to provide more specifics in a separate thread to receive help here.

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settings for set top box
by rodd65 / January 17, 2010 8:29 PM PST

okay pepe7 will try. box is SRT4652 dish is good, i;ve had it working a few days ago. i;ve tried the auto scan but comes up with NO AUDIO/VIDEO SIGN, what settings do i need to scan manually? hope thats enough info as im not too flash with all this elctronic gismo stuff. thanks rod

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Which TV model and how is it connected?
by Pepe7 / January 18, 2010 4:04 AM PST

What cables are you using? Any other components involved here? It's hard to help w/o having the complete picture of what you're working with. [ Mind reading isn't my specialty Wink ]

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settings for strong box
by rodd65 / January 18, 2010 7:32 AM PST

Hi pepe7, sorry cant help with more info, as i wrote before it was working a few days ago. i bought the set up a couple of years ago. all i know is that the cable, with screw in connections, goes from the dish to set top then to tv. nothing flash as i said. if you cant help with that little info ive given, oh well. ive been told that now & then the satellite gets moved, is that true & could that be my problem? thanks for your effort anyway, rod

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