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Old 07-30-2007, 09:27 AM   #29
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Roger, The following site will show you where the TV stations are located and what format they are transmitting on.

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Welcome.aspx

We have a DirecTV satellite dish and on the roof over the air antenna with a HD-TIVO DVR box (Both the sat dish and off air antenna connect to the box) and it automatically switches between the off air antenna to the satellite dish to give both over the air HD and Analog broadcasts.
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:08 PM   #30
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I believe it's since March of this year that all TVs sold in the US have to have a digital tuner, so you should be ready for the switch if you buy a TV today. Just make sure it has the digital tuner...
Yes, definitely check for the digital tuner, because a lot of people seem to be shopping on eBay for this stuff, and there's no way anyone is enforcing rules about what can be sold in that system. I'd also watch out for old stock even in the regular retail stores.
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:11 PM   #31
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We have a DirecTV satellite dish and on the roof over the air antenna with a HD-TIVO DVR box (Both the sat dish and off air antenna connect to the box) and it automatically switches between the off air antenna to the satellite dish to give both over the air HD and Analog broadcasts.
... but now this type of equipment should be able to handle both analog and digital over-the-air broadcasts. My similar but non-HD satellite box certainly doesn't have a digital tuner for over-the-air (terrestrial) signals, even though the satellite signal is all-digital.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:23 PM   #32
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Just to throw in some info:

I've been waiting and waiting for someone to come out with an lcd small screen tv with a built-in digital tuner. Last month, my waiting paid off. Best Buy is carrying a 15" lcd from Sharp that has both an analog and digital tuner built in.

We had the tv up and running for our latest trip -- to the Oregon gathering and to the northwest national parks -- and the tv worked great wherever we could pick up a signal. It has several tuning capabilities, including analog, digital and cable, so wherever you set up, it will pull in what's out there. We have an hdtv rotor antenna that also has an analog loop.

To complete the system, I found an Insignia home theater product that has a dvd, vcr, am/fm and a speaker set -- all the size of an older vcr. So now I have surround sound in a 10--foot fiberglass box. Definite overkill, and I love it!
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Well, since all of us here use the internet, I'd venture that a great number of us already have most of a TV in a laptop, that being an LCD and a DVD player. So all that's needed is a receiver, an antenna and the all-important remote!

Laptop Review of WinTV

A more recent issue of the magazine has a USB dongle (w/antenna, but w/o remote, I believe) for $99.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:44 PM   #34
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I have a device roughly like this one, but have used it very little and actually don't remember to carry it in the Boler (although we should). The bundled Ulead software is generally straightforward but definitely low-budget. If the laptop is being taken anyway, this is definitely the compact way to go.

Ironically, given the subject of this thread, the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR USB2 apparently does not include a digital (ATSC) tuner, only a North American (NTSC) or European/Asian (PAL/SECAM) analog tuner.
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Brian, The box must have the HD option.

The DirectTV HD-DVR with TIVO has a built in HD Decoder and you connect both the over the air TV antenna and the Sat dish to the box.

If your local stations broadcast in HD (Over the air), the DVR will put the HD on your HD Ready TV and should you change channels to an Analog over the air station, it will put the Analog signal to your TV regardless if it is HD ready or the conventional analog set.

If there are HD Sat programming that you have subscribed to with DirecTV, you can watch that HD via the sat dish. You can also record either HD or Analog from both antennas.

DirectTV now supports campers with a portable dish with tripod.

www.directtv.com
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