Solved hook up an antenna to a toshiba big screen

October 10, 2013 at 01:19:03
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I recently decided to go without the cable/satellite world and want to hook up my Toshiba big screen to an indoor antennae. My friend said I could buy one and walmart. but an article online suggested that i need a converter box? true or not? the tv is about ten years or more old and "hd ready"

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October 10, 2013 at 22:20:47
I too am currently living in the last century using a digital to analog converter box on a CRT tv. As far as the antenna, unless you live out in the boonies you don't need anything fancy--an old pair of rabbit ears will work just fine.

As already mentioned, you need to find out if your TV is digital-ready. If it is then all you need is the antenna and maybe an adapter to connect it to the TV. If you do need the converter box then yeah, wal mart probably still has them. You can find them on ebay too.

Once you enter the wonderful world of over-the-air broadcasting you'll get the major network local programming--FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC--as they're required to provide it as well as what I refer to as 'old people's channels' where they show Bonanza, Gunsmoke and all the good old westerns. kid's shows like Lassie, Green Acres, Get Smart, Batman. . .it's like being stuck in the early days of television. You'll never have to watch a reality show again.

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October 10, 2013 at 05:12:41
Need more information. Meeds a converter box is meaningless.

The extra box sometime needed is to receive digital TV transmissions on a TV not equipped to receive digital TV. You say your TV is HD ready. This would indicate that it does have digital capabilities. Nearly all TV transmissions are now digital, analogue is history.

Be aware that an indoor antenna might not be sufficient unless you live close to the transmitter. Digital TV needs a good signal to get a picture. Any variations from good and your TV picture will be awful, like watching streaming video on a slow internet connection.

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October 10, 2013 at 06:05:32
If it's a tube-type TV, it has an analog tuner, in which case you will need a digital converter box. And to pull in the digital signals, you will obviously need an antenna. Rabbit ears will work (though not very well). Store-bought digital antennas are fairly expensive (at least the good ones are) but most don't perform as well as a home-built coat hanger antenna. I built 2 of them last year, one for an old TV in my garage & one for a spare TV on my 2nd floor. Both pull in all over-the-air channels (27) available in my area. There are plenty of plans out there, here's one of them:

http://www.tvantennaplans.com/

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October 10, 2013 at 06:19:54
Store-bought digital antennas are fairly expensive (at least the good ones are)

I agree. You would be better spending your money paying an antenna rigger to put one on your roof.

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October 10, 2013 at 22:20:47
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I too am currently living in the last century using a digital to analog converter box on a CRT tv. As far as the antenna, unless you live out in the boonies you don't need anything fancy--an old pair of rabbit ears will work just fine.

As already mentioned, you need to find out if your TV is digital-ready. If it is then all you need is the antenna and maybe an adapter to connect it to the TV. If you do need the converter box then yeah, wal mart probably still has them. You can find them on ebay too.

Once you enter the wonderful world of over-the-air broadcasting you'll get the major network local programming--FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC--as they're required to provide it as well as what I refer to as 'old people's channels' where they show Bonanza, Gunsmoke and all the good old westerns. kid's shows like Lassie, Green Acres, Get Smart, Batman. . .it's like being stuck in the early days of television. You'll never have to watch a reality show again.

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