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Old 04-07-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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You will need something that functions as an antenna plugged into the antenna jack on the back of your TV, or else you will get nothing. But a bent piece of coat hanger will do, although the hole will be too big for the wire, and you'll have to jiggle and prop it up to make sure it is making contact with the antenna jack. If you live within 10-20 miles of a TV station, you won't need a real store-bought antenna to get a picture. But there will have to be some kind of metallic object exposed outside the TV to pick up the signal in the air.

You'll also have to press the 'source' button on your remote, and figure out which source code refers to outside antenna, which is as non-intuitive as is humanly possible.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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a bent piece of coat hanger will do,
Uhmmm ... , you are kidding no ?
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Uhmmm ... , you are kidding no ?
I doubt it, because based on personal experience dealing with TV and radio (AM, FM and shortwave) antennas and some knowledge of how electromagnetic radiation operates, I've found that "common sense" doesn't always apply to finding gear that allows for good reception.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:02 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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In the downtown office building I use to work in the facilities department for, we would use an old (non-electronic) lighting ballast as a very effective antenna for any of the tenants that had a TV and was trying to get OTA reception. Sticking any of the bare wires into the coax hole of the TV would always do the trick. The amount of wire in the coils of the ballast made for great reception.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yes, I connected my new flatscreen to "raw cable" and the channel scan found about 70 "analog" stations and 30 "digital" stations, including most of the local stations HD signal, in addition to their special channels, (movies, weather, etc.) that aren't available on the normal "digital cable" through the "cable box".
If your not paying a cable bill then you have "illegal" cable. It sounds to me like the cable company forgot to unplug your service when you cancelled or you pay for internet but they forgot to put on a cable filter to prevent you from getting service. Either way, your pretty lucky to have that setup!

To the OP. You will need an antenna to receive the channels. All new TVs have a built in digital tuner so you dont need an external one to pick up the signal. The benefit to digital service is that it will either come in crystal clear or it wont. The downside is that the digital waves dont travel as far as analog used to, so I hope you are close to the city.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If your blue tooth on your computer, you can get some stuff. TV has to accept blue tooth as well. We get movies that way, but you still need cable for regular stuff.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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If your blue tooth on your computer, you can get some stuff. TV has to accept blue tooth as well. We get movies that way, but you still need cable for regular stuff.
Ummm...what?
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