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Yes, but I want HD channels otherwise I really don't care about TV. Do I still need a digital converter even if I only want basic basic channels?
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Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
Yes, but I want HD channels otherwise I really don't care about TV. Do I still need a digital converter even if I only want basic basic channels?
Do you mean locals with antenna or provided by your cable company?
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post #13 of 16
I just go to icefilms and download the shows I want. Someone else spent the time recording, removing commercials and posting it online for me to enjoy. My wife and I ditched cable 2 years ago. no regrets other then I should get an HD antenna up for sports on the local channels. I store all my shows on my drives so when I get bored I can go back and re-enjoy them.
post #14 of 16
You can buy an amplified antenna for OTA (if you have an HDTV with a built in tuner, you won't need anything else...mind you, that's for only watching your local line-up)

Wwitv.com. <--- Pretty much streams every OTA channel in the US, as well as international satellite. Free of charge, but there are times when the broadcasts are off the air/blocked.

There is no such thing as a digital cable descrambler if that's what you're looking for.
post #15 of 16
NTSC = unencrypted analog channels (the old OTA channels and what many basic cable channels are broadcast on (but many are stopping even this))

ATSC = the new digital OTA local channels (HDTV). Just need an antenna to get this

Clear QAM = unencrypted digital channels that you cable company sends over their cables to your home. Usually just the main local channels, no premium digital channels (Discovery, History, MTV etc). Quality is poorer than what you can get OTA and fewer channels are available.

If you get an ATSC tuner, you will not need a digital converter box, that is what the tuner does.

You will be suprised how many channels you actually get with free OTA TV now. In the houston area, there are about 60 channels that I get (1/2 are Spanish, 1/4 are religious and 1/8 are Asian languages, leaving me with about 15 channels I can actually watch, with a few pretty good ones (RTV being my favorite, plays all the "good" shows from the 60's ad 70's).
Edited by blupupher - 1/13/11 at 3:49pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Clear QAM = unencrypted digital channels that you cable company sends over their cables to your home. Usually just the main local channels, no premium digital channels (Discovery, History, MTV etc). Quality is poorer than what you can get OTA and fewer channels are available.
Not necessarily. Some cable companies do re-encode to lower bitrates (to cram more channels on one QAM frequency) but there are companies who retain the same quality.
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