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Getting Digital

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ESA1178, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Dec 3, 2011 #1 of 36
    ESA1178

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    I have a DirecTV HR24-200.
    My TV is a Sony Bravia HD TV with Digital.
    In order for me to get Digital channels, do I just need to
    install an ATSC digital tuner along with an antenna?

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
  2. Dec 3, 2011 #2 of 36
    Kevin F

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    Correct. That would work. Connect an antenna to the back of the TV.

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  3. Dec 3, 2011 #3 of 36
    ESA1178

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    Thanks Kevin.
    Would you recommend a tuner/antenna?

    Mark
     
  4. Dec 3, 2011 #4 of 36
    Rich

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    I don't think you need a tuner. You should be able to hook up an antenna feed to the coax barrel on the back of the TV.

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  5. Dec 3, 2011 #5 of 36
    ESA1178

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    Wouldn't I need a digital tuner though?

    Mark
     
  6. Dec 3, 2011 #6 of 36
    dirtyblueshirt

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    All HDTVs with a coax input have built-in digital tuners.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2011 #7 of 36
    Rich

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    The TV should have one built in. If it's new enough.

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  8. Dec 3, 2011 #8 of 36
    ESA1178

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    Thanks a bunch guys!
    My Model is Sony Bravia KDL-46S2010.
    Looks like an ATSC tuner is built in.
    Antenna recommendations?
    Rooftop or compact?

    Mark
     
  9. Dec 3, 2011 #9 of 36
    dirtyblueshirt

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    It all depends on your location and distance from the transmission towers. I'd recommend visiting AntennaWeb and plugging in your address. that will give you an idea of the type of antenna you'll need:

    http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx
     
  10. CCarncross

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    if you would like to be able to record your OVer the air stations, order an AM-21 module for your HR24....it will integrate the guide right into your dvr and allow you to record your OTA locals. Depending on the DMS you live in in California, you may already be getting most if not all the regular networks in HD, bu the AM-21 may allow you to get most if not all of your subchannels available to you with an antenna.
     
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  12. ESA1178

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    Looks like I would still need a Digital Antenna...

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
  13. jdspencer

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    BTW, there's no such thing as a digital antenna. If you have am antenna left over from the analog broadcast days and it is in good condition, it will work.
     
  14. ESA1178

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    I have an indoor HD antenna, but it's not getting any digital channels.
    I currently have the antenna connected to the coaxil input at the back of the TV....

    Thanks

    Mark
     
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  17. gomezma1

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    move the antenna around untill you get a good reception.
     
  18. makaiguy

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    Nope. There are still lots of HDTVs out there without digital tuners. Nothing sold recently perhaps, but they're still out there, having been sold as "HD-ready". My old CRT Toshiba does an excellent job with 1080i from my DTV and Blu-Ray via component connections (I've never bothered to fish an HDMI cable through the wall to connect to the TV) but it DOES require an external source for digital as it has only an NTSC tuner, but no ATSC or QAM.
     
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    Did you do a channel scan for digital channels?
     
  20. CCarncross

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    They do now. But when HD 1st came out there were lots of HD-Ready sets. A few years ago, there was some legislation passed that required all new tvs being sold to have a built in ATSC tuner. So anything in the last few years should almost be guaranteed to have a built-in ATSC tuner.
     

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