Yes. Both devices have to support ARC for it to work. If you are using the tv's built-in ATSC tuner or the SmartApps, if your tv is internet ready, you can use an optical cable from the tv to the receiver. That's what I do for OTA television. All you have to do is select the correct input and you're good to go. The only advantage of ARC is that it eliminates the use of an optical cable. Both are limited to 5.1 audio.