Hi-Def Antenna question

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    Oct 02, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    Does anyone use an HD antenna to get their HD channels? Can anyone recommend a particular product? Are they easy to install? Would these HD antenna be sufficient for when the signals switch to digital in 2009? Not really technology savy here. thank you
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    Oct 02, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    yo_mamali saidDoes anyone use an HD antenna to get their HD channels? Can anyone recommend a particular product? Are they easy to install? Would these HD antenna be sufficient for when the signals switch to digital in 2009? Not really technology savy here. thank you


    The first question is: what kind of TV is this for. An older analog CRT design, or a digital flat screen? And is this a true high-def TV, capable of 1080 lines of resolution, or a lower-def TV that merely has the wide screen digital format?
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    There are websites to show you what kind of antenna you need for your local area.
    I will get them for you if you like.

    There are many issues.
    The bands in which TV both HD and SD will be broadcasting over the air will change. Currently most cities have the HD channels in the UHF band and the old analogue channels are on VHF (2-13) BUT this will change in Feb 2009 or soon thereafter.
    Ask in private if you like and I can send you the links to help but please tell me if you are looking for now (channels 2-13) or for next year HD and SD signals.
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:26 PM GMT
    I forgot to add; I use Time Warner cable for tv both HD and SD at this time AND I installed a UHF antenna on my roof for the local HD and other DT signals. In Los Angeles ALL the Broadcasters have digital (DT) versions of their analogue signals along with HD.
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    The first question is: what kind of TV is this for. An older analog CRT design, or a digital flat screen? And is this a true high-def TV, capable of 1080 lines of resolution, or a lower-def TV that merely has the wide screen digital format?


    thanks... I have a Sony Wega trinitron ~2003. It has a flat screen but it is not a flat TV (it's pretty heavy and it has a huge backside). It is capable of 1080 lines of resolution (I had to look for my manual for that one). I use to get HD channels through cable but since I no longer have cable TV, I need to look elsewhere. thank you for any advice you give.
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    yo_mamali said
    Red_Vespa said
    The first question is: what kind of TV is this for. An older analog CRT design, or a digital flat screen? And is this a true high-def TV, capable of 1080 lines of resolution, or a lower-def TV that merely has the wide screen digital format?


    thanks... I have a Sony Wega trinitron ~2003. It has a flat screen but it is not a flat TV (it's pretty heavy and it has a huge backside). It is capable of 1080 lines of resolution (I had to look for my manual for that one). I use to get HD channels through cable but since I no longer have cable TV, I need to look elsewhere. thank you for any advice you give.


    Again, if you have the manual, check it. A Wega or Grand Wega from 2003 (I owned one myself) may require a separate tuner between the antenna and the TV, another consideration in your plans.
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    Oct 07, 2008 8:04 AM GMT
    Yo_mamali and I have been exchanging mail in private but for anyone else here that is interested here is some useful information.

    The TV he has is an NTSC, 4:3 Aspect ratio Tube type that will require a digital converter to view over the air digital broadcasts after February of 2009.
    (that date may be extended yet again) For anyone who is connected to cable or satellite , there is no change needed. IF you own a new flat panel TV it probably already has an ATSC tuner which will be able to view over the air digital broadcasts in both HD and SD (standard definition) now and after Feb 09.

    There are government websites that offer discount coupons for the decoder boxes and other ones that offer advice on which antenna is best for your area,

    A good place to start is http://www.hdtvantennalabs.com/index.php

    On TV they often advertise the other sites as a public service.

    Hope you all switch to HD it s truly awesome!

    -- Ron
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    Oct 07, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Thanks Ron for all your help!! Yes my television will require a separate tuner to translate the digital signal. I wanna switch up and get a better TV but monies too tight to mention... and yeah my current TV still works pretty good (d*mn Sony for making such reliable products hahaa). I am going to apply for one of those gov't coupons.