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Old 12-12-2010, 11:08 AM   #1
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Red face What kind of a device would I need?

my parents decided that they are no longer watching a lot of TV any more,

so they decided to quit subscribing to the cable TV subscription.

and I heard the maximum number of channels you can watch on TV is four channels without cable TV subscription, but my parents are only getting two at the moment.

What kind of a device would I need to watch all four of them?

would something like this do the job?
Old 12-12-2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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What only four? I don't think so, even back a few years people could get at least 20 channels over the air. Assuming you live in the US where the analogue spectrum for TVs have been shut off, you can get a digital-to-analog converter for over the air signals, and actually you can get way more channels on it, than you could on the analogue spectrum.
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its based on a lot of factors including the number of local stations broadcasting in you area, your distance from the towers, and how good your antenna is.

as far as antennas go, I have a few tips.

Some locations need large outdoor antennas to get reasonable reception.

There is no such thing as a 'digital' or 'hd' antenna. There are only UHF and VHF. Make sure you get one that does both with reasonable specs.

As with analog some channels come in better with different positions. Digital is a bit harder to position because its either receiving enough of the stream or it isn't. There are no static vague images.

AND You probably need a digital tuner if you TV doesn't support it.

Go here and plug in you zip code to see roughly what you should receive.

Here is a short description of TV frequencies.

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