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Old 08-04-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Travelers Rest, SC
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I moved to the area (5 miles north of Travelers Rest) last Winter and bought a new HD TV, but only hooked it up to rabbit ears. I get great digital reception on CBS and NBC, but no FOX or ABC. So, to anyone using antennas, and hopefully near my area 12 miles North of Greenville, what stations can be received with the better, and high-mounted antennas?

I watch so little TV these days, I can't see laying out the money to receive over 100 stations. I did that, plus TIVO. I had a hard time squeezing in time to live my own life, as I tend to get addicted, as they want you to do! Any help along this line would be appreciated.

Also, if one has a late model, digital TV receiver, is the converter box going to be needed in Feb.? No one seems to make that clear on those discussion threads. Seems like they are always talking about someone with an analog TV using an antenna.
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Well, beginning in February 2009 you won't be able to watch tv using an antenna anymore. You'll have to buy a converter box.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:03 AM
 
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check out tvfool dot com --- just type in your address and viola it tells you the tv stations that you should be able to receive.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Travelers Rest, SC
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Thanks leggo,

Great link. It validates what I get now on rabbit ears, so now I know where to go from here to get more. One link is worth a thousand words.

thurx
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Well, beginning in February 2009 you won't be able to watch tv using an antenna anymore. You'll have to buy a converter box.
Actually you will still need that antenna; it hooks into the converter box. Or so that's what the commercial says.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Travelers Rest SC
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Why would you need a converter if you have a modern HDTV ready set? I have a friend north of TR (he's on this forum once in a while) and he gets pretty good reception with a regular house antenna. Maybe you need a step up from rabbit ears? He is up on a knoll, though. Our property is also 5 miles north of TR- howdy, neighbor!
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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You will still be able to use an antenna - many stations have digital broadcast TV

You may need a "special" antenna - the last link lets you type in your address to tell you what stations would be accessible and what type of antenna you would need to access them. [The color code on the channel guide corresponds to the color code on the antenna selector section]

ALL-DIGITAL TELEVISION IS COMING (AND SOONER THAN YOU THINK!)

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Welcome.aspx
Address (http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx - broken link)


Oh, I see tvfool does the same thing. Well it is validation of the validation
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC, USA (mostly)
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Why would you need a converter if you have a modern HDTV ready set?
You don't need the converter box if your TV is already capable of receiving a digital signal via an antenna. If you are using an older TV which is not capable of receiving a digital signal via an antenna, you have the option to either acquire satellite (dish) service, cable service, or purchase the converter box and just use an antenna. It is that simple. Most modern TVs have the capability to receive a digital signal, thus no need to purchase a converter box.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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For people that don't have cable or dish or other satelite service if they have a very old tv they are going to need that converter in addition to the antennae they currently use. I don't have any idea how old a tv can't pick up digital but I'm pretty sure my set that looks about 20 years old is not digital ready. It would be nice if there was a site where you could enter your make and model and check compatability. Anybody know of such a site?
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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For people that don't have cable or dish or other satelite service if they have a very old tv they are going to need that converter in addition to the antennae they currently use. I don't have any idea how old a tv can't pick up digital but I'm pretty sure my set that looks about 20 years old is not digital ready. It would be nice if there was a site where you could enter your make and model and check compatability. Anybody know of such a site?
I would go to your televisions manufacturers website, look for support or contact us and ask via e-mail.
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