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HD Channels on Dynex 32"

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How do i get all HD Channels without a cable box? Its a 32'' Dynex LCD HD Flat screen TV. Please help
post #2 of 11
Just do a channel scan. My parents have that same tv with a standard cable hooked up to it and they are able to pull alot of HD programming from it.
post #3 of 11
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I tried it. all i got was 3 local HD channels. Is there another way i Get HD channels with a Cable Box? I want like ESPN, USA,Spike,MTV channels like that. Anyone? What about a QAM Thingy? Sorry i a clueless when it comes to things like this.
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Originally Posted by KalebThmsBrand View Post

I tried it. all i got was 3 local HD channels. Is there another way i Get HD channels with a Cable Box? I want like ESPN, USA,Spike,MTV channels like that. Anyone? What about a QAM Thingy? Sorry i a clueless when it comes to things like this.

You're probably not going to get those unless you pay for them.
post #5 of 11
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There is something like STB?
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Originally Posted by KalebThmsBrand View Post

I tried it. all i got was 3 local HD channels. Is there another way i Get HD channels with a Cable Box? I want like ESPN, USA,Spike,MTV channels like that. Anyone? What about a QAM Thingy? Sorry i a clueless when it comes to things like this.

To get any HD channels other than local broadcast you need to get an HD cable box from your cable company. The set has a QAM tuner but not a descrambler for the scrambled channels. Cable companies scramble all HD channels except the local broadcast channels.

By law all cable companies are required to offer a "lifeline" service package consisting of only the local broadcast channels including any broadcast in HD at a very low monthly charge. They are not allowed to scramble these channels. All the other channels are on a more expensive package and in order to make sure they get paid for them the cable companies are allowed to scramble them so you only get them if you pay a monthly fee for an HD box.
post #7 of 11
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what about Samsung DTBH260F HDTV Terrestrial Receiver? does something like the help?
post #8 of 11
Like stated earlier in this thread. The cable companies are supposed to pass in the clear, any content that is available over the air in the area you are located. So, most will pass all the major networks, as well as any PBS in your area. My local cable does that in both SD and HD. It also has ESPN in the clear. If your cable company is not, then you can call and ask why, or just connect an antenna and scan for local channels. I basically get about the same either way. My cable company is RCN. and I get almost 30 channels in HD, free in the clear with the QAM tuner built into my tv. Now, many are repeats. Meaning that I get several ABC channels. I also get the same from hooking up an antenna. But why if I'm getting the same via cable. Good luck.
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Will Bunny Ears help any better?
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Will Bunny Ears help any better?
ESPN, MTV, etc. are only available from cable or satellite providers, they do not broadcast over the air, so no antenna is going to pick them up. All you will get with an antenna are the stations broadcasting locally in your area, not MTV, ESPN, TNT, SYFY, etc. which are only available on satellite or cable. If you get an HD cable box you will be able to receive them for an additional monthly fee.
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Will Bunny Ears help any better?

Most likely, No. Bunny ears are mostly for VHF broadcasts. Most OTA HD broadcasts are in UHF.

You can easily build an HDTV UHV antenna out of coat hangers. I did and it works great. THere's a ton of videos on YouTube showing how to make one.
Here's just one example.
Now, this is a very directionanl antenna. So make sure you have it pointing in the direction you want to recieve a signal from when you run a signal scan on your tv.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQhlmJTMzw
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