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Antenna and tv help please

maxiemag 593 683 August 30, 2016 at 08:17 AM
I have 2 tvs that are older but still work great. They have the big back on them. I want to get rid of cable to save money so am getting an antenna for local channels but would also like to use Netflix and Amazon Fire stick. One tv is mounted on my wall in my daycare and I am wondering there are cables you can buy to connect to the tvs? Here is a picture of the back of the one tv.The other tv is a large tv and has the big back but I am sure has the same connections.

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you posted links from your computer, only yourself can open that links.

you need to go to Advanced Edit, Attach Files, Manage Attachments, it will have a pop up, then choose file, upload

you need to be able to see your own picture from this thread, otherwise you did it wrong

or you can look at images from the wiki,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis...connectors
then simply say their names or post the image address from wiki instead of uploading anything

or simply type the TV's brand and model, because same connector can still be analog only, without digital support.
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Last edited by Left4Deal August 30, 2016 at 09:34 AM
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If they are older TVs they may not tune a digital signal. (ie. 2-1 rather than the old channel 2)

If they don't have a digital tuner, you will need a digital tuner box.
https://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic...+tuner+box


You will also need to see what inputs your TV has. If it doesn't have an HDMI, but has only coax or only RCA your options will differ.
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Since it doesn't look like these TV's have HDMI (and I'm assuming you have a wifi network at home) - I would get a refurbed Roku 1 [amazon.com] which has plugins for RCA Cables [amazon.com] which is what you need for those TV's. This will get you Netflix, Amazon Video and all the other Roku Channels [roku.com] you want
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Your best option may be to just upgrade your TV's to flat screen. The ROKU option gets you half what you want and the tuner box would get you free broadcast over your antenna but neither will do both.
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Quote from kingfish600 View Post :
Your best option may be to just upgrade your TV's to flat screen. The ROKU option gets you half what you want and the tuner box would get you free broadcast over your antenna but neither will do both.
I already ordered an antenna that will just go on top of my house to get the local channels, Since I only want to be able to get a few other channels for the kids in my daycare I dont really want to upgrade the tv but I may do that for my upstairs tv, Thanks

Quote from Left4Deal View Post :
you posted links from your computer, only yourself can open that links.

you need to go to Advanced Edit, Attach Files, Manage Attachments, it will have a pop up, then choose file, upload

you need to be able to see your own picture from this thread, otherwise you did it wrong

or you can look at images from the wiki,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis...connectors
then simply say their names or post the image address from wiki instead of uploading anything

or simply type the TV's brand and model, because same connector can still be analog only, without digital support.
Thanks I updated the pictures
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Quote from TeeDub View Post :
If they are older TVs they may not tune a digital signal. (ie. 2-1 rather than the old channel 2)

If they don't have a digital tuner, you will need a digital tuner box.
https://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic...+tuner+box


You will also need to see what inputs your TV has. If it doesn't have an HDMI, but has only coax or only RCA your options will differ.
Will I need this tuner box to use the antenna?
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Will I need this tuner box to use the antenna?
99.9% yes. Especially if the TVs are more than 10 years old.

That was the first one I found. You just need to find a digital converter box. They were giving them away back in 2005-2006.


On the upside, when you have a picture it is clear and in HD (or would be on a HD tv). On the downside, there is no more static-y channels, either they work or they don't. You will most likely have 2-3 times the number of channels you used to get using an antenna.
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if wide screen, keep it
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Will I need this tuner box to use the antenna?
All the broadcast TV stations changed formats. The old Fred-Flintston Era TV is now a thing of the past. The TV station still broadcast signal, but they are digital encoded signals and your old TV's won't know what to do with the signal.

It's like having only an AM radio and living where they only broadcast FM stations.
Your radio wouldn't find anything to tune into.
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easy enough to find a new 32" for $100 or less.
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You can still buy digital converter boxes for $20-50, but that money may be better spent on a newer tv. Quality of converter boxes varies and there are very few quality reviews of current products.
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WM has an Ematic digital box you can get for $28 with recording for antenna. Comes with a program guide.
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The Fire Stick specifically isn't going to work with old RCA/Coax connections. An older Roku can output to RCA for Netflix and Amazon Prime videos at least.

Local channels are going to be digital and your tv almost certainly isn't, so you'll need those tuner boxes they were giving out for free ten years ago.

You could get a used Roku and a digital converter box on eBay for not too much money, but there just aren't a lot of great options. The picture quality will still be low. I'd also vote for a low-end 32" TV on sale for $100 if you're able at all. Those over-the-air digital channels are in HD so you might as well take advantage.
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The Fire Stick specifically isn't going to work with old RCA/Coax connections. An older Roku can output to RCA for Netflix and Amazon Prime videos at least.

Local channels are going to be digital and your tv almost certainly isn't, so you'll need those tuner boxes they were giving out for free ten years ago.

You could get a used Roku and a digital converter box on eBay for not too much money, but there just aren't a lot of great options. The picture quality will still be low. I'd also vote for a low-end 32" TV on sale for $100 if you're able at all. Those over-the-air digital channels are in HD so you might as well take advantage.
OP's TV only has 1 set of RCA inputs so an external RCA switch may be required for a decent picture. However, the more money you spend the closer you get to just buy a new tv.
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