Can you use your old UHF antenna with a new HDTV and will it pick up broadcast HDTV signals?
To answer your question simply, yes, you can pick up over the air HD signals from your analog antenna. As a matter of fact that's how I have my HDTV set up. I just read somewhere recently, but can't recall where, that over the air HD is a much cleaner signal or much better picture than cable or sat. [correction: the HDTV over-the-air "OTA" signal is better than Cable/Satellite TV. Cable/Satellite signal is compressed, with a loss of quality] I don't have cable or satellite but just use the antenna that I have hanging in my attic. What you will discover, depending on your location and signal strength I'd imagine, is that you will not only receive your regular network broadcast but additional stations as well. Because the HD signal is broadband, the networks are able to transmit additional stations with alternate programs available. The typical transmit I see is that a network will send the regular station and then the same program but at a higher resolution and then a third or sometimes fourth station with an increase in resolution and often show different programs. For example my local Chicago PBS station is channel 11. On channel 11 you will see the standard non-HD program. on 11.1 you might see the same program but in 720p. On 11.2 you will see some really nice nature stuff or other HD specific programs in 1080i (When I bought my set, 1080p had just come out but wasn't available on my set at the time). Also, some networks may use one of their additional slots as an all weather station such as NBC and ABC. If you already have an analog antenna then I would recommend that you need not purchase any other antenna despite what the salesman tells you. [However, HD signal is more susceptible to obstructions than analog. My analog antenna picks up analog stations just fine, but not HD - I have two large trees close to my house.] When I first purchased my TV the salesman tried to convince me to buy a small HDTV antenna that he said was desigened specifically to receive HD signals. It was priced at $40. My first thought was, 'an antenna is an antenna' what's the difference? He told me I could return it if I didn't see any improvement. So I bought it and set everything up at home and I auto programmed my set twice. I let it scan for channels with my original antenna and then I let it scan for signals with the new antenna. I took the new antenna back. What I found was that I could pick up more and better signals with my own antenna. Of course everyone else's experience may differ but I thought it would help to know. Hope this helps.
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Answer . HDTV stands for High Definition Television.\n. \nHDTV is a digital television broadcasting standard. Since it is digital, the signals are composed of ones and zer…oes -- the language of computers -- instead of waves.\n. \nHDTV digital signals can contain more information that the old systems. The data can be compressed to allow up to six times more information in the same range of radio waves. Therefore, a broadcaster can send multiple data streams through the limited airwaves they are allowed to use. This is known as multicasting. \n. \nThe old TV standard was for 625 lines (not 525 lines across), with the television screen having a 4:3 "aspect ratio" (that is, the dimensions of the TV screen would be IN A RATIO of 4 to 3). Aspect ratio has very little to do with the broadcast standard - widescreen TV's are not necessarily HDTV (Mine's standard 625 PAL). HDTV can give display of 720 or 1080 lines, and the aspect ratio is 16:9.\n. \nYou can access HDTV with a digital converter on an old television. But this will not give you its full benefits. Newer models of TVs are being built with integrated receivers for HDTV.
Can you get HDTV over the air broadcast on a HDTV monitor with a standard TV antenna or do you need a converter?
Answer . Yes, you can use the old antenna. However, some new antennas are specially designed to better capture digital TV signals. And the direction, angle, distance, and t…ype of digital signals in your area could influence your choice of antenna.. HDTV is a picture format, not a signal format. Most likely a TV with an HDTV picture format already has a digital tuner (ATSC) rather than only an analog tuner (NTSC). However, if it is just a monitor, then you may have to attach a tuner to it, or attach a tuner to your computer, and the computer to the monitor. Actually, there is no such thing as an "HDTV" tuner. There are analog and digital tuners. All HDTV is digital, but not all digital is going to be HDTV. In Feb 2009 the U.S. Government has mandated that all broadcasters will cease transmitting in analog format and begin transmitting their signals over the air in digital format only. This signal requires an ATSC type tuner (digital) to demodulate the digital signal and display it on your television screen. All TVs manufactured for use in the U.S. from 1 Jan 2006 must have an ATSC tuner. Older TVs with the older style NTSC tuner (analog) will require a converter box to demodulate the digital signals. More information about the upcoming changes to TV transmissions can be found here: www.dtv.gov .
In the US the answer is probably not.. Digital and analog TV broadcasts use the same frequencies and antennas. Digital TV is more fussy about signal quality than the older an…alog signals. So if you get marginal analog reception, figure on getting a new antenna for digital.. The idea that there are special HDTV antennas is just marketing hype. Any antenna that gives you better digtial reception will also give you better digital reception.
You should be able to, if you have a composite input. Try looking for a grouping of one red, one white and one yellow colored RCA style connections. The red is for the right c…hannel sound in, the white is for the left and the yellow is for the video input. Then it's just a matter of choosing the correct input on your remote to view the DVD player.
It offers at least double the quality of standard television and provides a more realistic TV and movie viewing expeirience.
First try any antenna . As a quick first step, just try any antenna you have. Some TVs have two different connectors, one for the regular TV signal (NTSC), and one for a di…gital TV signal (HDTV). Plug it into the digital input and do a channel scan. Also try any cable TV connection in your house and ask the local providers if they offer free access to the local on-air stations. In that case, you do not need an antenna. Just get connected to the free service and plug in the TV.. Get a list of transmitters . The most important thing to do next is to get a list of all the digital television stations available in your area, and find out how far the transmitters are and what angle from your house. To get this list go to the Antenna Web website co-sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA): www.antennaweb.org. Register with your name, address, and email, and select whether you want junk mail or not. You will get a customized list of all the stations in your area. This information will help you choose an antenna.. Don't be surprised if there are a lot more digital stations than the old TV stations you had. Each old station gets 4 new channels for digital broadcasts.. Do you need a VHF antenna? . The first question is do you need a VHF antenna or only UHF. In most areas of the USA, only a UHF antenna is required. However, if some stations you want broadcast in VHF then you will need a combined VHF/UHF antenna. One way to combine them is to get both antennas, and a UHF/VHF combiner box. VHF antennas are particularly important for channels 2 to 6. Often for channels 7-13 you can get by using a UHF antenna, and in some cases one will work even for 2-6. If your area has only UHF but you have a VHF antenna, then try that. It just may work. But if it doesn't then get the right antenna for better reception.. Distance of transmitters . The third question is distance. Get a short-range, medium-range, or long-range antenna that is rated for the distance to the transmitters you want to use. If it is a long distance (over 20 miles), you may want to consider getting an outdoor antenna. You might also try an outdoor one that is small enough to fit indoors (there is at least one popular model that works well). You can also get a signal amplifier box that may increase the range of your antenna.. Angle of transmitters . If all the transmitters that you want are within 20 degrees of each other (as is the case in many areas including New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix) then you are in luck. You can use a uni-directional antenna and point it to the middle of the transmitters. If the stations you want are in all different directions, then you will have to turn the antenna to each one when you watch it, or get a multi-directional antenna.. Remaining quesitons: . 1. Outdoor antennas have directions for pointing them in a certain direction. As for how to point your indoor antenna in one direction, I do not know. Are rabbit ears pointable to the angle of the transmitter?. 2. Some indoor antennas have dials that you can dial until you get the reception you want, but these are not usually marked with angles, so you just turn and turn. Are these dials directional?. 3. Some indoor antennas have loops, discs, or other flat objects that can be rotated. Perhaps these are pointable along the diameter or perpindicular.. 4. Digital TV has different reception problems. You can have a perfectly clear picture, but the picture can go to super low resolution or stop moving. Also the closed captions can become garbled. Are these signs of poor reception or some other problem? (It's like watching television thru a Microsoft Windows computer, where you have to wait for the computer to re-draw the screen and whatever else it is doing.). Positioning the antenna . The antenna sellers will help with decisions about which antenna to get and how to position it. Generally outside above the roof is best (for outdoor antennas), and upper floors are better for indoor antennas. If you have multiple TVs, you might be able to use a high-quality antenna that does not have to be adjusted (can be pointed right at the transmitters) on a high floor and some signal boosting and splitting boxes to send it to all the TVs.
You would need a box with a digital tuner built into it. Samsung used to make one that was sold at Best Buy a few years ago that retailed for $180. They no longer make it sinc…e all TV's now have that digital tuner built in. If you can get your hands on one of those tuners you will need an HDMI cable and possibly a stronger antenna. Other than that there isn't a way to do it.
HDTV represents the regular picture and television channels thatsomeone is used to seeing, but they are in high definition. Thismeans that there will be a clearer picture.
A VHF/UHF antenna is the correct one for HDTV. If you are using a indoor antenna, the amplified ones are better.
Can an HDTV antenna be connected to and combined with the same coax that provides existing cable signals?
You would need to run the Cable co-ax into a splitter switch, and connect the HDTV antenna to the other side.
No, as long as it is not "HD ready" you will not need a converter box. The technology in the converter box is built into the HDTV
Outdoor antennas, then Amplified indoor antennas are best. AKA powered antennas.
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Not unless it has both kinds of tuners.
Yes, a UHF antenna can pick up VHF signals, but not well. The size difference makes the uhf antenna "inefficient" for the longer vhf wave length, but some energy can be receiv…ed by the uhf antenna.
Sure. You can use it if you want to. It won't hurt anything. But it won't work very well.