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Old 03-14-2008, 04:13 PM   #21
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Where did you get it for $48

I have not seen them that cheap anywhere....
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Old 03-14-2008, 04:29 PM   #22
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Our local Wally World has two different boxes, each priced at $50.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:49 PM   #23
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Then I need a better antenna........
Yeah.... the air is too thick with cheese whiz up there for good radio frequency energy propagation.....
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:55 PM   #24
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I also didnt need a digital antenna...My current outdoor one seems to be fine...
An antenna is an antenna........ No difference between an "analog antenna" and a "digital antenna." It just needs to be designed for the frequency band of interest which I understand to be the UHF television channels. If your current antenna works for UHF analog sigs, it will work for DTV.
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:05 PM   #25
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I received my coupons yesterday and bought a Zenith converter at Radio Shack today for $59.99 ($19.99 after coupon usage). The Zenith converter had a few more options than the two $49 converters that I saw at Walmart....specifically it can control the volume on your tv with the converter box remote instead of the tv remote....also it can power up and power down the tv from the coverter box remote...and a few other options...that's why I bought a little more expensive model. I live in Dallas and after running the channel scan with the new converter box, I can now pick up 30 channels perfectly. It's definately a big improvement over the old analog signals/picture. Also, I'm using the same indoor antenna that I used to pick up my analog signal and it works great...if I remember right, it was about a very basic $20 anntenna...it's a rabbit ear type antenna. I'm very very happy with the new converter box. About the only thing that slightly annoyed me about the Zenith converter box is that the audio has a slight feedback in the TV (humming noise) but after playing around with the settings I was able to minimize this somewhat.
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Then I need a better antenna........
You need this.

Some guy apparently dug up a 1950's antenna, did some software modeling on it and turned out GPL'd plans for what is apparently a ridiculously good antenna and better than anything for sale to residential folks. Seems it will pull in a solid hdtv signal from 60 miles away. A different version of it thats larger can do up to 90+.

The Gray-Hoverman Antenna For UHF Television Reception - Digital Home Canada

And you can make it yourself. I imagine commercial versions will be available at some point.

I saw a youtube video last month of a guy building something similar out of snipped up coat hangers that gave him better results than a store bought antenna.
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Just got my coupon. Have been trying to research which particular coupon eligible box to buy...for those of you with models you are pleased with, please share model number. Thank you in advance!
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I got the RCA units from walmart. They ended up 10 dollars with the "coupon"...I think circuit city and radio shack have some different models that are 20 dollars after coupon...I think LG/Zenith and magnovox are also making.....I had read reviews that another model...magnovox? was burning out after a short period...The RCA unit is ok...you have to use the remote that comes with it...your regular universal remote wont work...There is an on screen display that allows you to search for channels and set your antenna for signal strength....It did take me awhile to figure out how to switch over the dvd....I have 3 areas on the tv to hook up dvd players (front and 2 in the rear) and the like and the remote could only select 2 of them so I just had to move the cables...

Here is another thread with some links to reviews...

Digital TV Signal -> Analog Signal Converter Box Recommendations
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Here is a web site for aiming your outside antenna.
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