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    Do flat screens need converter boxes


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      I have a flat screen TV that I just bought from a yard sale but I don't have cable TV. Is it going to need a converter box?

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      If you post the make and model number of your yard sale find, we may be able to do some research and provide you a difinitive answer.

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    Just because it's a flat screen does not mean it needs a converter box. What is the make and model number and we will look it up.

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    Most likely you can hook it up to antenna. All TVs still have an antenna connection.

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    Just found this post from a while back and figured I'd add my $.02.

    Most "flat screens" like LCDs and Plasmas have built-in digital tuners. Especially if the TV was manufactured in the last 5 years. You can verify in your instruction manual by looking for the word "ATSC".

    If your TV says "HD Ready", it means that it does not contain a digital tuner, but is capable of receiving HD content with an external HD tuner or Blu-ray disc player.

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    Most flat screen tv's have digital tuners built-in so it shouldn't. Look for ATSC. Be careful about buying electronics at a yard sale. Did it once a long time ago and I will never do it again.

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    I looked up the instruction manual for this set, and it is printed on a big sheet. On "Page 8" located on the top left of the big sheet's second side, according to the PDF I am looking at, the TV has both analog and digital capability built-in. it does not come right out with "ATSC" or "over-the-air digital TV. If it has the ATSC tuner, it will receive digital signals without outside converter box required.

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    i bought an antenna from rakuten.com (formerly buy.com) for $7 and I have had crystal clear service ever since. and i didnt need a converter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fan-boy-comics View Post
    i bought an antenna from rakuten.com (formerly buy.com) for $7 and I have had crystal clear service ever since. and i didnt need a converter!
    Just goes to show - it can take as little as a $7 antenna or even an old coat-hanger to kill pay TV, and save hundreds of dollars a year.

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    I'm 99.99% sure it won't need a converter box.

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    I don't see why it wouldn't work with a converter box, but I'm not too sure. That is a really good questions. I have two flat screens and love them. The quality of picture is so different compared to the regular Tvs.

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