Do flat screens need converter boxes

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I have a flat screen TV that I just bought from a yard sale but I don't have cable TV. Is it going to need a converter box?
 

Fringe Reception

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Guest,

If you post the make and model number of your yard sale find, we may be able to do some research and provide you a difinitive answer.

Jim
 

Thomas G

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#5
Just found this post from a while back and figured I'd add my $.02.

Most "flat screens" like LCDs and Plasmas have built-in digital tuners. Especially if the TV was manufactured in the last 5 years. You can verify in your instruction manual by looking for the word "ATSC".

If your TV says "HD Ready", it means that it does not contain a digital tuner, but is capable of receiving HD content with an external HD tuner or Blu-ray disc player.
 
#7
Most flat screen tv's have digital tuners built-in so it shouldn't. Look for ATSC. Be careful about buying electronics at a yard sale. Did it once a long time ago and I will never do it again.
 
#8
I looked up the instruction manual for this set, and it is printed on a big sheet. On "Page 8" located on the top left of the big sheet's second side, according to the PDF I am looking at, the TV has both analog and digital capability built-in. it does not come right out with "ATSC" or "over-the-air digital TV. If it has the ATSC tuner, it will receive digital signals without outside converter box required.

Download link at Download PANASONIC TC-L32B6X Operating Instruction
 

MrPogi

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i bought an antenna from rakuten.com (formerly buy.com) for $7 and I have had crystal clear service ever since. and i didnt need a converter!
Just goes to show - it can take as little as a $7 antenna or even an old coat-hanger to kill pay TV, and save hundreds of dollars a year.
 
#12
I don't see why it wouldn't work with a converter box, but I'm not too sure. That is a really good questions. I have two flat screens and love them. The quality of picture is so different compared to the regular Tvs.
 
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Fuzzy

I have an Hatichi flat scree TV model LD26D204. Do I need a converter box and if I do what type do I need. I have a GE model#34763 I bought at WalMart, but I have not hooked it up as of now. Please advise and give me a diagram if I need it in order to finish my project. I am on SSA and my and my cable is getting higher very fast. Please help me if you can.
 
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HDTV antennae

I want to take my small 13.3" GPX TDS-1384 TV/DVD player camping with me. I can not find the correct manual for this TV as all I can come up with the TDS-1384B manual. Although they look it, I don't know if these two models are the same. I'm would like to know if the GPX TV I have has a ATSC tuner. To get the signal when camping (I've checked out TitanTV for stations in the camping area that are within a 50 mile range and there are quite a few here in Florida) should I buy an external antennae such as the Mohu Leaf 50? I've read there is no such thing as a true HD-DTV antennae, no matter the seller says. Included here is a couple of questions:

1 - Does my GPX TDS-1384 TV/DVD have an ATSC tuner?

2 - Would the Mohu Leaf 50 antennae bring in DTV stations to my TV?

Thanks,

Mo
 
#15
If it was sold in this country after 2007 there is a pretty good chance that it does have an ATSC tuner. If there are strong UHF signals present at the location where you plan to be the leaf could work. Yes an external antenna will likely be needed. I'm not an expert at all the goofy little indoor antennas on the market today. You might read through these links.
Antennas, Antennas, On The Wall
Indoor TV antenna review | HDTVexpert
Go to TV Fool get a signal report for where you are going to be. If there are a lot of strong signals the ones shown in green on the report they might be receivable with a small external antenna.
https://www.tvfool.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
You can use the maps on the TV Fool sight to get a report for your exact location.
https://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=90
Steve
 
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Free channels on my westinghouse

I have a Westinghouse
DWM48F1G1 and purchased the UltraPro GE Optima HD antenna to quit cable. I have installed it and done the scan and nothing... This is the second trip to the store to replace the antenna. Why is going on and what am I doing wrong.
 
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I have a Westinghouse
DWM48F1G1 and purchased the UltraPro GE Optima HD antenna to quit cable. I have installed it and done the scan and nothing... This is the second trip to the store to replace the antenna. Why is going on and what am I doing wrong.
In reading the user manual for your TV, it appears to have an odd configuration: There is an RF jack for the antenna, and a separate jack for cable/satellite. Most TVs feed this from the same F-type jack. So first, make sure you're plugging the antenna into the right one. The antenna connection is on the back of the TV along a side-panel, next to the AV/YPbPr (composite/component) jacks, and should be labeled "RF IN." The cable/satellite connection is next to the PC/VGA input. That's on the back near the bottom and should be labeled "COAXIAL."

If that's not your issue, then post your TVFool report here and we can look at what signal you should be receiving.
 

Fringe Reception

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#19
Guest,

You may have to enter the on-screen menu and select the signal source: deselect cable/satellite and choose antenna, terrestrial or air. Different manufacturers use different names.

Jim
 

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