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Old 01-27-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Will buying an HDTV indoor antenna result in a better picture on a non-HD TV set?
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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Will buying an HDTV indoor antenna result in a better picture on a non-HD TV set?
Hmmmm... It may result in no picture at all.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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Will buying an HDTV indoor antenna result in a better picture on a non-HD TV set?
That depends. Are you seeing artifacts such as squares in the picture from time to time or what appears to be skipping? If so then yes it should improve the picture by possibly getting rid of the artifacts.

Mostly, digital TV is an all or nothing deal. So if you are not seeing artifacts you probably won't get a better picture. It's all 0s and 1s after all. A better antenna won't make the 0s and 1s better, it will make it better by "catching" more 0s and 1s if that's a problem you currently have.

Otherwise, the outdoor antenna (or something in the attic) will likely bring in more channels if you're not picking up everything possible now.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Hmmmm... It may result in no picture at all.
I assume he's using a converter box or a VCR with an ATSC tuner in it.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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Let it go, it's ok. Been without cable for over a year. Pulled the cable plug from the TV, stuck a large paperclip, received 5 channels crystal clear. Eventually purchased an antenna, placed in the attic along with a purchase of a Roku, and hardly miss any of it.

now working on the internet thing?
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Been without for a year using antenna,free channels I still pick up from cable, and netflix dvd.

Just got a roku and now with streaming netflix I feel as though I have too much stuff to watch!! It's the perfect combo.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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To save money, gonna disconnect the cable television from my household. I still have an old tube television set and not a flat screen, what kind of antenna/box should i purchase....Apologies but a little "green" about this subject.

Hi there,
my wife and I cut the cable 3 months ago. We got a good digital antenna, a TIVO to record non-cable channels (yep you can do that!) , a streaming subscription to Netflix (which freakin' ROCKS) and a little device called a Roku, which pulls in all kinds of cool stuff. We also got some cabling to hook up one of the computers through the TV, like some others here have suggested.
After doing the one time costs for the Roku and cabling, we now pay "that cable company which shall not be named" about 40 bucks a month for Internet access, plus about 8 bucks for Netflix streaming. We have content we never dreamed of until now

The only thing we CANT seem to get is Fox News, which sucks, because we like to watch it and CNN to try to get some different viewpoints. But seriously, are we going to pony up another 140 a month for one channel?

A note to sports fans: obviously you cant get really cool sports packages this way. Again, we had to make a choice, and we figured, screw it, we really wanna watch a game, we'll go to a sports bar and grab a brew and watch the game there.

Again, it all depends on what you want out of life
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail
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Will buying an HDTV indoor antenna result in a better picture on a non-HD TV set?
Sorry, but no. There is actually no such thing as an "HD antenna". An antenna ia an atenna, it just picks up signals and you should not pay more for an antenna just because it says "HD".
Take a look at this:
HDTV Antenna Hype - No Such Thing as an HDTV Antenna
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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GCharlotte---I'm not getting anything on this TV because it hasn't been used recently; I have DirecTV on my TV in the living room, but I'm going to suspend service on it after the Super Bowl for 6 months, and come back in the summer at a substantially discounted rate ($35.99/vs. $78.98/month).

Consequently my questions are aimed at determining my options for my other TV set, which is only 5 or 6 feet from a window.

I can't seem to find any information on what ROKU's content is, and I can only assume that if you do get it, you also have to have 'something else' (which in my case would be a converter box and some type of antenna) in order to receive your local TV stations (there are 20+ of them out here in Los Angeles according to AntennaWeb).

Thanks to everyone else for your replies, and I look forward to reading more of them.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Roku operates over wifi, so you would need one of those. It has nothing to do with OTA channels. Its just another device like a dvd,vcr. You can connect it with rca cables for an older tv. You would need a converter and antenna to get local channels, but thats the case no matter what on an older tv.

check their content here

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Roku Streaming Player | Watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle and More on Roku Player
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