Originally Posted by timcadieux
I discovered OTA in the last few weeks and eventually ordered a Terk Indoor antennae to see if it did the trick. Now, at the same time I came to wonder if there might be cable Channels available from my internet Cable modem.
There are (I used an old B&W tv to test), but here's my problem.
I bought my TV while living in Europe and according to what I've read, Multi-System TVs do NOT have a TV Tuner built in. I have a Hitachi 42PD9500 and according to shopmania it has a built in Tuner?
Also, my TV has no Coaxial In, only HDMI and Red/White/Yellow.
I'm confused because all the converter boxes i've found are for plugging digital input into older, not HD tvs. This is the only one I've found that has anything other than Coaxial Out thesource.ca product=1535501.
I haven't received my Terk yet, but I think from the photos ive seen that it connects using Coaxial. So, my question is, what kind of box/converter do I need to get to actually be able to either use the wall Cable or the OTA?
Thx in advance.
If you have an HDTV without a tuner (and the fact it does not have a coax connection confirms that), you have a few options.
For over-the-air Digital TV reception, you'll need a DTV tuner that is HDTV compatible and antenna for the stations in your area.
If you currently have cable, in most areas you can use a DTV tuner with HD capability that also has a QAM tuner. QAM is the way cableco's distribute their digital signals, and they usually do not encrypt local HD channels, along with a very few others.
Here is a list of current DTV tuners, most of which also have QAM tuners:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=179095
Some of these units may not be available at this time. For details on why you might want one over another, see the individual topic links next to the units.
'Clear QAM' is the term typically used to describe digital cable channels not encrypted. Although local HD is usually in the clear, pay channels like ESPN, CNN, FNC, TNT, USA, Discovery, etc. are not in the clear, and you'd need to rent a cable box or buy CableCARD device like a TiVo or PC with CableCARD tuner to get those channels. If you're in Canada, you can also buy a cable box for personal use.
EDIT: I just figured out you're in Canada, and I'll have to check about clear QAM. Who is your cable provider?
For what you can get with an antenna, go to TV Fool, and post a link or the page here.