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Originally Posted by TrueBlue334
I just canceled cable, and I was planning on just plugging the coax that is no longer plugged into the cable box directly into my HDTVs. They are both newer HDTVs, so I don't think I need the QAM/ATSC converter.
I've been reading a bit about this and it appears that by doing what I did, all I'm doing is delivering an analog signal from the cable coax to my TV. I get some channels (both HD and non-HD channels), but other channels don't come up (I think because of low signal strength). The channels that don't come up include CBS-HD and FOX-HD.
I'm wondering what I can do to get as many of the local channels in HD as possible. Ideally, I just want 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 21 available in HD. I guess it's an added bonus that NY1 comes up also.
Do I need to buy a digital converter box for $40? Will I have antenna issues if I do that? Thanks in advance.
Do you have a television antenna connected to the coaxial cable that once carried the pay cable TV service? Without an antenna connected to your TVs, you will get nothing unless you live one block away from the ESB
If you have an antenna connected now, there is no way you are "delivering an analog signal" because all analog broadcast TV has been discontinued in this market, except for WNYZ-LP New York on Channel 6, but that station isn't providing any visual transmissions as they are supposed to be.
And by "NY1" do you mean "NYC TV" on WNYE-TV? Because NY1 is only available over cable TV.
As to whether you need a digital converter box, that depends on your TVs. Look at the back of them and look for the term "ATSC", if it is there, you do not need the box. If you cannot look at the backs of the TVs, consult the manual or search their model numbers online and locate the manual online. Alternately you can contact the manufacturers and inquire if these TVs have a built-in ATSC tuner. If you use a converter, you will get all the free DTV signals available at your location, but they will be down-converted from an HD to an SD signal. An SD signal is not an analog signal, it is a down-converted digital signal.