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Hi,
I'm hoping you can help me. I have a Samsung SP-R4232 42" flat screen TV. I've had it since 2004 or 2005. I've always had Comcast cable, so used a cable box. But I want to try going cold turkey from Comcast and save some money with my Roku. Here's my question -- how do I get regular (network) channels? Does this TV require a digital converter box? Do I need to buy an antenna?? Do I still need something connected through the cable cord? I'm clueless on this and want to get whatever I need before I cancel my Comcast.
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This says it has an ATSC tuner: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/EM/200610/20061013174543343/EN/main.htm If so, get an antenna, hook it up and you'll get whatever is available OTA.
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Thanks olyteddy! And now, bear with me on my lack of tech knowledge, but the only antennae I know of are the rabbit ears we had growing up. Is this they type of antennae I need? Or is there something different I should be looking for?
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Thanks olyteddy! And now, bear with me on my lack of tech knowledge, but the only antennae I know of are the rabbit ears we had growing up. Is this they type of antennae I need? Or is there something different I should be looking for?

There are different types of antenna - good old 1960's Rabbit Ears work fine if you're not too far from your local broadcast towers (mine work fairly well for most stations in some of my rooms at 27 miles away) but i use my 1950's era roof antenna and i get a perfect signal. There are other more modern antennas available (some amplified). Some cities digital channels are all on UHF, but here in So Cal for instance some are UHF and some are VHF so a so-called new "HD Antenna" i tried wouldn't pick up any of our VHF channels, while my 50-60 year old analog antennas work perfectly for all channels. I'd play it safe and get one that does both.

To see how far you are from your towers and guidance on what type of antenna you need go to this link and enter your zip code and street address: http://antennaweb.org/

Tons of antenna info in this forum:
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THANK YOU! This has been so helpful! I'm going to look into antennas today! Appreciate the help.
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THANK YOU! This has been so helpful! I'm going to look into antennas today! Appreciate the help.

If you go to TVFool you can put in your address and it will show you all of the stations that are available to you for your location. Then I'd post that info in the Local HDTV Info and Reception forum that is specific to your area. The regulars there will then recommend the best type of antenna for you to use.
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