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Atsc tuner in my hdtv!!! HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'HDTV discussion' started by kingdoug, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. kingdoug

    kingdoug Member

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    I bought on olevia tv with a built in atsc tuner but i do not understand what i have to do to watch tv. Do i have to buy a separate antenna to connect it to my tv?
     
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    If you want to get hd channels you got to buy a antenna or subscribe to cable, direct tv,dish network.
     
  3. kingdoug

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    I am considering on buying an hd antenna receiver, but whats the point on an atsc tuner? I just want free hdtv where i can see all basic channels and then some, especially FOX, CBS, AND ABC.
     
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    Your tv will search for all free hd channels on its own like mine did & only found one. Now if you want more channels you answered your own question you need to buy a antenna. Some like to buy a indoor or outdoor one. Keep in mind if you buy a outdoor antenna you got to install it on your roof or on a pole. The cable company also offers some hd channels if you dont want to buy a antenna for the time being. Direct tv, disk network also have hd but your going to pay they do offer more hd channels then cable does at the moment.
     
  5. diabolos

    diabolos Guest

    An ATSC tuner is a Digital-TV tuner. It is used to pick up digital TV stations with an antenna. The physical medium is the same as with analog TV reception with an antenna except analog tv uses an NTSC tuner. Your TV has both. You want to use the ATSC tuner so that you can watch HDTV for free over the air (mostly during prime-time and late night).

    What is an ATSC tuner (literally)?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATSC

    How do I get HDTV?
    http://dtv.gov/consumercorner.html#howdoiget

    The answers to most of your questions:
    http://dtv.gov/consumercorner.html

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  6. kingdoug

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    So after i buy an antenna, all i have to do is connect it and the atsc tuner would scan for free over the air channels? how do i know what antenna i would need to get FOX or something. I dont know how far they are located or anything.
     
  7. diabolos

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    Yes. After you hook-up the antenna run a channel scan (make sure the tv is looking for digital channels).

    Any antenna will do there is no such thing as an HDTV antenna. The new digital system uses the same frequency space as the old analog system, VHF and UHF, so any antenna can potentially work.

    Performance depends solely on your geographical location so if a passive indoor antenna or amplified indoor antenna doesn't work for you try an outdoor antenna.


    This site can help you find the right one:

    Antenna Web.org
    http://antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx


    This site will show you what is available to watch in your area. It also has an HD program filter:

    TitanTV.com
    http://www.titantv.com/quickguide/quickguide.aspx

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  8. kingdoug

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  9. diabolos

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    I can't see your link but I will say this. They all accomplish the same thing. Some have amplifiers in them so that the signal can be stronger from the antenna to the tuner but the reception capabilities are the same.

    Outdoor antennas are very different and can be built to receive stations that are very far away or to receive stations in your own county or city.

    The Samsung DTV/ATSC tuner is one of many external digital tv tuners you can buy if your tv is old and doesn't have an ATSC tuner built-in or if the TV is new but is only a Monitor.

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    I'll just add that ATSC pertains to OTA signals and not cable HDTV. For cable HDTV you'll need a QAM tuner. Some HDTV TVs and tuner cards have both ATSC and QAM tuners, some only the ATSC tuner. Most newer TVs have both ATSC and QAM tuners based on my observation.

    Also here's a link to the TV markets. Click on the TV market closest to you to see a map of where the OTA HDTV broadcast towers are located. It's been my experience that the HDTV signals are much stronger than the analog signals since many of the stations are broadcasting OTA HD at 500 - 1000 MW. I have no trouble pulling in OTA HD signals from 50 miles or so.
     
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  11. garmoon

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    @kingdoug

    You might want to check this out. Guy made his own HD antenna with coat hangers. Very good guide. I haven't done it since I had old antenna in attic that works fine, but mainly I use HD Cox box.

    http://uhfhdtvantenna.blogspot.com/
     
  12. diabolos

    diabolos Guest

    Thats an awesome link garmoon, thanks. Just goes to prove that there is no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on HDTV antennas since there in no such thing.

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