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Old 04-01-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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Default TV Help: if i buy a LCD TV or flat screen tv can I just pull it in the wall to get local cable?

I know before that digital conversion thing happen you could just pull up your tv as soon as you got it and watch local stations like nbc,abc,fox,wb(now cw) but since the conversion i haven't tried it with a newer tv.

so if i buy a digital tv i should be able to just pull it up right and not need anything to get local stations right? the room i want to put it has no cable line btw just a plug (the garage)

so do i need some kind of antenna,cable line or satellite?
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Yes. All TVs made from 2007 on have the digital turner as required by law. It does exactly what a converter box does for older TVs, the tuner is now just already in the TV itself.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: NH
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Just like any other TV, if you want to watch OTA (Over the air) programming you need an antenna, or a cable or sat subscription if you want more channels, the digital switch didn't change that.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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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".
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:48 PM
 
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And I misread the question. As stated, you do need an antenna.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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make sure you get a new antenna, if you use an old antenna, all you will be able to get will be old TV shows like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show. At least that's what the traveling antenna salesman told me.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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make sure you get a new antenna, if you use an old antenna, all you will be able to get will be old TV shows like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show. At least that's what the traveling antenna salesman told me.
On that note ... (Yeah I know you are making a joke)

Do not listen to any of the "digital antenna" stuff, there is no such thing, antennas are designed for the frequency they are used for, not the mode of transmission.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Do not listen to any of the "digital antenna" stuff, there is no such thing,
We had *regular* TV sets, years ago.
Then came the change to HiDef, and we got the converter box, same old antenna (the one with the umpteen sticks sticking out).
Now we have *modern* flat panel TV sets. No idea why I got them, but if the wife says she wants a new one, what would you say after 40+ years ???

Up to two years ago, still same old antenna, then we get a bad wind storm, and antenna goes on a retirement plan ...
Brother in law sends me a drawing to make an antenna from a piece of wood, some coat hangers, nails and some more funny stuff.
For the heck of it I did build it, dang it ... It works!! Still use it and we do get all the OTA stations.

I think if you Google for it, you can find the plans for it.

I am NOT saying, do the same thing, but as mentioned above,
you Do need an antenna, so get one where they guarantee you get good reception in YOUR area.
We can *see* the Antenna towers on the mountains.
Some areas have inherent problems with antenna reception.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Some areas have inherent problems with antenna reception.

Yes, some people need to have an outside antenna to get good reception, but the antenna is purchased by frequency and distance(size), but no one should be fooled into buying a special "digital" antenna for their TV either inside or outside.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:49 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Question to the OP is thus now:
Do you have an antenna on the roof now ?

If yes, see if that works.

Ours did, until it blew off the roof !

BTW, the doohicky antenna I made hides behind a picture frame close to the TV ...
Found a place that gave the best reception, and hung it there on the wall.
Keep in mind, we can *see* the transmission towers in the distance (about 25 miles away on the mountain top).
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