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Old 05-28-2008, 12:40 AM
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Default How do HD Antennas work

ok i dont understand how these things work when they dont come with hdmi or componet inputs all of the ones that i have seen only have aux inputs what gives how do these work or am i just looking up the wrong ones?
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They use coax cables right? You have to have a digital tuner in your tv for it. Therefore they will not work on "HD-Ready" Tvs.

As far as the difference between rabbit ears and an hd antenna, I think the HD antenna is just powered, so it is suppose to receive a better signal.

My TV has a QAM tuner, so I actually get the HD channels from just having a cable hooked up to my TV, which is good because Im not spending $50 more for 10 HD channels.
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They use coax cables right? You have to have a digital tuner in your tv for it. Therefore they will not work on "HD-Ready" Tvs.

As far as the difference between rabbit ears and an hd antenna, I think the HD antenna is just powered, so it is suppose to receive a better signal.

My TV has a QAM tuner, so I actually get the HD channels from just having a cable hooked up to my TV, which is good because Im not spending $50 more for 10 HD channels.
Yep, your tv is going to need a ATSC-digital tuner inside or externally to pick up HD channels "over the air" using an antenna. There really is no such thing as a HD antenna. Depending on where you live you may need one that is powered to pick up more channels and/or get better reception (if the signal is weak it'll freeze or get scrambled). Enter your address at antennaweb.org to find out what channels you can expect. Then start out with a cheap antenna to see if you pick up said channels. If not, then pick up a more expensive antenna. I get pretty good reception and pick up all the expected channels with a $15 antenna (Columbia, SC).

You can also go on the dtv2009.gov website and request 1 or 2 $40 coupons to cover 80-90% of the cost for a analog to digital converter box(es) (pretty sure it's only up to SD, not HD)---if your tv is only "HD ready". Walmart has one that is $12 out the door after the coupon. The one from Best Buy is about $23-24 out the door after the coupon. [You'll still need an antenna]
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:15 PM
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That antennaweb.org was interesting. Shows 2 channels there I cannot pickup through my basic cable. Might have to find me an antenna I can hook my cable up to then run it to my tv. Also shows me the direction to point the antenna.

I knew that wasnt technically any HD antennas, you know thats how they advertise them tho. Thats why I said HD antennas were just powered ones.
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I knew that wasnt technically any HD antennas, you know thats how they advertise them tho. Thats why I said HD antennas were just powered ones.
Yep. They throw HD on the box and hike the price up $15-20.

I also pick up a few channels that antennaweb.org doesn't list. was a nice surprise.
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