Originally Posted by foxeng
EVERY TV, let me repeat that, EVERY TV built since NTSC TV came out in 1941, can have a converter box connected to it. The TV used to demo the first converter boxes in 2007 used a 1968 RCA color TV and a 1971 Zenith black and white TV. Any of your friends have TV's that old?
Thanks for that.
That's what I thought, but I didn't want to be the first to refute the "some TV's have built-in antennas and can't have a converter box attached" statement, in case there was some obscure model out there I didn't know about.
I've seen thousands of TV's in my life, manufactured from the late 40's to the present and I'm quite sure I've never
seen one without an external antenna connection. That's all you need to hook up a converter box.
The first TV I remember in our house when I was growing up was purchased in 1960. It had VHF only, no UHF. It had "built in" rabbit ears, but those rabbit ears were connected to a piece of twinlead that came out a slot in the back of the TV and connected to two screw terminals. To connect an external antenna, you simply disconnected the twinlead coming from the built-in rabbit ears and connected to the screw terminals.
This model of TV would work just fine with a converter box and a balun.
Growing up in the 60's, I saw countless portable TV's. Some had one
rabbit ear and one wire coming from that rabbit ear and out of a hole in the back of the set connected to one of the two antenna screw terminals. Again, one of these TV's would work perfectly with a converter box.
I still own a couple of small battery operated TV's. Both of them have an 1/8 inch phone jack for "external antenna". A converter box and an "F" to 1/8 adapter fixes those TV's right up.