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Hi... newbie here, play nice. Have the 4010 PJ, and Denon AVR-X3300W receiver. No TV and do not subscribe to any TV services. Is there a box that would add digital television reception? Would it connect to the Denon, or the PJ, or both? Fairly sure this is a simple matter, but have never done it before.
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Welcome to AVSForum. Happy to have you here, but we do ask that you search for existing threads before starting new ones. In many cases you'll find answers without ever having to post a question.

Here are a few from this section. There are many. Use the "search this forum" box, advanced search, titles only and search for "tuner." You'll get pages of hits.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/25-hd...tor-setup.html

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/25-hd...mi-output.html

There are several in the CECB subforum regarding ATSC-tuning STBs. Also, the HDTV Recorders Forum has information on OTA DVR solutions.

In all honesty, something from the Recorders forum is a better bet as many solutions have the latest tuners as well as streaming capabilities. You're gonna want that.

You might wish to see what's available at your location and what sort of antenna you'll need by visiting your city's Local Reception thread.

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Hi... newbie here, play nice. Have the 4010 PJ, and Denon AVR-X3300W receiver. No TV and do not subscribe to any TV services. Is there a box that would add digital television reception? Would it connect to the Denon, or the PJ, or both? Fairly sure this is a simple matter, but have never done it before.
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It can be a simple matter, but there are two possible complications. HDMI was primarily developed for copy protection with interconnection reliability (handshake) a second thought. You should be able to connect an antenna tuner to the PJ or the AVR, but you will have to try it.

The second complication, if you are not going to stream, is a suitable antenna for the tuner. The antenna, and its location, would depend upon the signals in your area.

There aren't many high-end STB tuners, mostly converter boxes, but if you have strong signals in your area and want to experiment with an indoor antenna, Channel Master has a free tuner offer with their SMARTenna+ that expires 3/31 or when they run out.
https://www.channelmaster.com/Smarte.../cm-3001hd.htm

If you want to use a computer for a HTPC, you have more choices for a tuner, as mentioned by DrDon.
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Never had any handshake/connection issues with any of my tivo units doing OTA.


That said, it's a good time to pick up an OTA Roamio from Tivo for $250 which includes lifetime service so you always have updated guides and such. You can do season passes for the shows you watch so they always get recorded and of course you can pause and rewind live TV. You also have commercial skip for a majority of the popular shows. Just add an antenna, and you're good to go.

http://pages.email.tivo.com/march-mania-sale-2019

Just hook up an antenna and go. If you think you might ever get cable or upgrade to a 4k projector, I would get the Bolt. You'll have 4k streaming apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and such. If you get HBO Now, I would get it through prime as people say it's the best viewing quality.

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If you need an indoor antenna, @rabbit73 's recommendation of the SmarTenna+/CM-7004 combo is a good quick solution, with two caveats: 1) the CM-7004 only outputs PCM audio, so you won't get DD 5.1 with your AVR; 2) it has a recording function, but it doesn't work well at all. Other than that, it's a pretty good tuner and indoor antenna combo while it lasts.

If you need DD 5.1, one of the MStar boxes should work. The one I use is an iVIEW 3200STB, currently under $29 at Amazon with a (probably useless) magnetic whip antenna included. Get the box, throw away the antenna, and get a rabbit ears/UHF loop combo antenna (or however much antenna you need instead). This box will support DD 5.1 through either HDMI or coaxial digital audio connections, and the recording function is bare-bones but usable.

One of the threads @DrDon linked to mentioned the ViewTV AT-263. I have no experience with that particular one, but others have said it's OK. The ViewTV and iVIEW are very similar.
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