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Older TV and need a QAM tuner... can anyone help?

JAHokie46 527 50 July 26, 2011 at 06:21 AM More Amazon Deals
Hello all.

I've got a plasma in 2006, a Hitachi 42HDF39 [amazon.com]

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 [amazon.com]

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?
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Yeah, you need a QAM tuner in order to get the networks in HD. And you're correct -- there aren't many external QAM tuners (that operate without a PC).
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Any recommendations? The reviews on Amazon or newegg for the few I've seen seem to have very mixed reviews.
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Rooftop antenna is your best bet.
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Quote from Rebound View Post :
Rooftop antenna is your best bet.
I don't want an antenna on top of my roof or on a pole, or anything like that. I've played around with one and my neworks are are 40+ miles away and I don't want to mount one anywhere. Either way, I can't get TBS, WGN, and other channels that are included in the basic network cable.
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LiquidTV from ebay, uses your computer as a QAM tuner. But you have to connect your computer to your tv....
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this would work fine fro 40.00 bucks

http://www.amazon.com/Zinwell-ZAT...062&sr=1-1
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I've got this one for my son's tv set:

KWORLD SA290-Q LE Digital TVBox VGA/YPbPr 1080i Output

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6815260022

I got mine on Ebay for $45.00.

It does ATSC (the digital over the air stuff) AND QAM. Works very well, and is cheap. This one does Component connections, the one above that you posted does NOT.

Not ALL cable companies have QAM channels, but a lot do. I have satellite for tv, but internet only from my local cable company. I decided to run a splitter off my cable going to my modem to see if there was any cable channels (even though I don't pay for them, and they aren't in clear) and found there was like 95 of them!

There's only like 4 choices total for a stand-alone QAM tuner that doesn't need to be hooked to a pc.
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Quote from komondor View Post :
this would work fine fro 40.00 bucks

http://www.amazon.com/Zinwell-ZAT...062&sr=1-1

This is over the air signals ONLY! It won't do cable QAM...
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Quote from MikeBear View Post :
I've got this one for my son's tv set:

KWORLD SA290-Q LE Digital TVBox VGA/YPbPr 1080i Output

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6815260022

I got mine on Ebay for $45.00.

It does ATSC (the digital over the air stuff) AND QAM. Works very well, and is cheap. This one does Component connections, the one above that you posted does NOT.

Not ALL cable companies have QAM channels, but a lot do. I have satellite for tv, but internet only from my local cable company. I decided to run a splitter off my cable going to my modem to see if there was any cable channels (even though I don't pay for them, and they aren't in clear) and found there was like 95 of them!

There's only like 4 choices total for a stand-alone QAM tuner that doesn't need to be hooked to a pc.
As far as I know all cable companies use qam. But many encrypt them in order to make the money off of cable boxes. And op understand that this will work as long as your cable company does not encrypt the channels. I think I read that comcast is encrypting everything as they update each area with upgrades to their back end.
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