I've got a plasma in 2006, a Hitachi 42HDF39
In order to a) cut my bills down and b) spend less time watching TV we cancelled digital cable/HD/DVR and returned all our equipment to Cox and got the basic networks, $15 a month for the networks and a few others like TBS, WGN, ION, and some others.
Recently visiting my mother (same city, same cable provider, no digital package or cable box) I noticed on her new HDTV she would flip to NBC and it would be standard channel 10 standard def and then 10-1, same channel but HD, and the same for ABC, 13 standard def and 13-1 HD. Asked someone else about it who has only network package and their new TV does the same thing- they just have the cable from the wall screwed into the TV and they get the networks in SD and HD.
I don't and I think it's b/c my TV doesn't have a QAM tuner- it's got ATSC/NTSC but no QAM according my user guide. I've tried channel scan which scans just all the standard def channels I get.
I've googled QAM and looks like there aren't many options and I"m not even sure if they are what I need/am looking for. Like this, on Amazon
I just want to be able to screw in the cable from the wall to a box/tuner, and connect it to my TV so I can get in the standard def networks and bonuses like TBS WGN ION in addition to the high-def networks. My TV only has 1 HDMI input that I have my blu-ray connected to so I guess I could connect it with component cables?
Is this what I'm looking for?