Is it worth getting a converter box?

Cindy

DTVUSA Rookie
#1
I live at least 40 miles from any TV station, and have a rooftop antenna with an amplifier that works pretty well with my two analog TVs. I am planning to get at least one digital TV, since I hear its not practical to use a converter box with anything less than a 20 inch set, due to horizontal and vertical letterboxing. I ordered one coupon and have let it expire for the other TV, but now I wonder if its even worth buying a converter for that TV since I am likely to get few or no channels with the converter box. I guess I can get one box and experiment with it, and then talk to my antenna guy about upgrading to a smart antenna, which should be helpful no matter what I do. I get stations from 3 states, including 4 PBS stations, so am not excited about going to basic cable or dish. Your reactions to my plan will be appreciated.
 

Jason Fritz

Administrator
Staff member
#2
All depends on what you define as practical. You can indeed use a converter box on any TV smaller than 20" as long as they have the proper audio/video input (such as a coax/rf or rca/composite). Purchasing a new TV will be more costly than just purchasing a converter box for your old TV, but you will receive High Definition programming if you decide to buy a newer TV.

Your rooftop antenna should be fine for digital signals. I'd suggest testing it first before investing money in a Smart Antenna.
 
#3
Agree with Jay I would put new coax on the antenna check all connections and then install a converter box and see what happens if you use a rotator make sure the box can rescan and add channels the magnavox will not. zenith and insigna as well as the dish network dtvpal-plus box will do this as well as many others.
 

Cindy

DTVUSA Rookie
#4
Thank you so much for your responses. Hmm, decisions to make. :) I may do both and buy a TV and a converter box only because my family room TV is so small anyway, plus I need to convert my bedroom TV for digital TV.
 
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