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12-11-2017 02:00 PM  6 months agoPost 1
Signman

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The wife and I are going to buy a small (32" TV for our garage (shop).
We are not going to run cable into the garage instead just going to buy the "over the air" antenna. This antenna will also supply some free HD channels. I'm confused when I go to look at the tv's to buy. I assume I need one that will receive HD channels through a built in tuner. Question is... does the "digital" tuner receive HD channels or do I need to make sure it has a "QAM" tuner? From what I've been reading a digital tuner is all I need in the tv. What do you suggest I look for to be sure it will receive HD channels?

Hawk IV, TT.39, Futaba 9C, 401/9253 GV-1 (all gathering dust now)

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12-11-2017 04:15 PM  6 months agoPost 2
RM3

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Killeen, Texas - USA

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as long as the HD antenna has the same output connector that your TV has as an input you'll be good to go.

no need to bother with what tuner the TV has... those days are long gone.

I have one in a spare bedroom.... the antenna has a standard cable output.... so i tied that to the cable input of the TV.... Most TVs will have up to 5 ways to recieve input... Cable, HDMI, composite video (RGB phono connectors) and standard video signal input (yellow phono connector), and even DVI or VGA for computer applications.

most will have the HDMI and Cable so you should be ok there... just make sure the HD antenna has the same connector.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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12-11-2017 05:38 PM  6 months agoPost 3
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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https://www.crutchfield.com/S-YGF0t...me/antenna.html

http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?opt...apper&Itemid=29

Given my location in relation to broadcasting antennas, I get away with using an inexpensive indoor antenna and have been cable free 5 plus years.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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12-11-2017 10:15 PM  6 months agoPost 4
ticedoff8

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Morgan Hill, CA. USA

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In 2009, all TV stations that transmit their signals "over the air" converted to digital format and they shut off the the analog format.
The old analog TV format is gone forever.

If you had an old CRT TV or a big-screen TV that had a built-in tuner, that tuner was (most likely) analog only.
For those old TV, you needed converter.
But, typically, the converter did not support "HDTV". It simply converted from "DTV" to the old analog format.

All TV manufactured after 2010 have a TV tuner that is designed for digital over the air TV signals.

Note: There is a difference between a "TV" and a "Monitor".
A "Monitor" will need and external decoder to receive a signal and then send it to the 32" display using an (typically) HDMI connection.
The decoder would be a computer, a satellite receiver (DirecTV / Dish) or an external cable-TV set-top box.

A "TV" will have all the same features as a Monitor, but it will include a TV tuner for over the air digital TV signals and built-in speakers.
The TV may also include an operating system (like WebOS).
If it has an OS, it also has a WiFi and/or Ethernet connection. This allows it to access streaming services and run Apps (like NetFlix or Roku).
It may also have an external USB port for devices like Google Chromecast.

The 32" Monitor hooked to my PC is great for Real Flight and streaming NetFlix from my PC's browser.
But it does not have an OS or apps, built-in speakers or tuner.

My 75" TV in the family room is hooked to DirecTV, the Internet and a roof-top antenna.
I don't get all the local channels on DirecTV so I simply switch to OTA and pick up channel 8 in Salinas.
It has WebOS so it supports lot of downloaded apps (NetFlix)

And, there is no such thing as an "HD Antenna".
That is simply Marketing Bullsh!t that is a total lie and simply intended to get you to pay more money for something that was designed in 1945 and hasn't changed since.
It is similar to the "Monster Cable" hook up cables.
Total BS.

Believe 1/2 of what you see and none of what you hear.
Fake News will be the downfall of our Republic!

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12-11-2017 10:44 PM  6 months agoPost 5
GyroFreak

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And, there is no such thing as an "HD Antenna".
That is simply Marketing Bullsh!t that is a total lie and simply intended to get you to pay more money for something that was designed in 1945 and hasn't changed since.
It is similar to the "Monster Cable" hook up cables.
Total BS.
Very true. I remember a salesman trying to get me to upgrade to gold plated connectors and oxygen free cable wires for better audio connection. I asked if he knew what the frequency response and how the expensive cables differed. He had no idea but insisted the oxygen free copper had to be better.
I have been cable free for years and still use an old 20 year old outdoor antenna.
I did recently get a big screen "smart" tv so I could watch youtube, and some other movie channels via the internet.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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12-12-2017 11:37 AM  6 months agoPost 6
Signman

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Bristol, Virginia

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TV help
Thanks guys for the info. Been looking at the Mohu Leaf antenna. Guess I'll go with that one or something like it. I was just reading about tv's in general and saw something about a tuner that was QAM capable in order to receive HD channels.

Hawk IV, TT.39, Futaba 9C, 401/9253 GV-1 (all gathering dust now)

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