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Old 12-22-2008 - Dinner with my brother. - Cable Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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So I ask him if he is ready for digital, always been a rabbit ears guy. He says 'oh yeah, I need an antenna.'

Without haphazardly Googling this I look for direction from you experts.

He is under the impression that TV signals will still be broadcast in digital, just not in HD. So with an antenna and converter he can still pull TV out of the sky.

Is this correct? If so what type of antenna is the most cost effective for this?

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HDTV is and has been broadcast over the air for quite a while now. Most TV stations currently broadcast 2 signals, the standard analog NTSC signal and the digital ATSC signal for HD broadcasts.

For older televisions, the converter box will not only convert the digital ATSC signal to NTSC, it will also "downscale" 720p and 1080i HD signals to the 480i resolution of a standard television.

If you have an HDTV set, the only thing needed to receive terrestrial broadcast digital & HDTV is a good VHF/UHF antenna. I recommend using only amplified rabbit ears instead of unpowered ones. A weak signal will result in complete loss of picture of digital broadcasts instead of "snowy picture".

Standard television sets will require the converter box in addition to the rabbit ears and will be able to receive HD broadcasts, but they will be seen in the "downscaled" 480i mode.
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I recommend using only amplified rabbit ears instead of unpowered ones.
Interesting Gary thanks.

He is talking about installing an antenna outdoors. His house as most here is CBS. You think amplified rabbit ears will be fine?
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Interesting Gary thanks.

He is talking about installing an antenna outdoors. His house as most here is CBS. You think amplified rabbit ears will be fine?
It worked for me while I was waiting for my cable company to hook me up the last time. An outdoor antenna would be okay, too. The most important thing is UHF reception since nearly all digital broadcasts so far are in the UHF band.

What kind of TV does he have?
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Let me first off state that there is a very common misnomer about over the air HDTV. The digital conversion that is about to take place is not a conversion to HDTV (switch from NTSC to ATSC), it is a conversion to a digital broadcast, similar to the switch with cell phones that took place many years ago with analog to digital. An HD signal is digital, but a digital signal does not have to be HD. The digital bandwith that is given to each station is capable of handling one HD signal or MANY SD/ED signals.

That being said, A couple of years ago it was very common for us to install HD antenna's at every house that we were installing DirecTV satellite so the customer could receive the local channels in HD. I have installed indoor and outdoor antennas. There were two types of antenna's that I was able to pick up EXCELLENT reception with. The "Square Shooter" by Winegard both passive and active (depending on location) worked with great success. The other antenna was the old style passive roof mount antenna (you know the big goddy looking antenna's that your neighbor used to have). I was shocked when I hooked this antenna up for a customer, it was an existing antenna, and was able to receive signal from two different markets (Orlando and Tampa).
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