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OT connecting TV "rabbit ears" to LCD flatscreen



 
 
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Old March 13th 09, 04:30 AM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default OT connecting TV "rabbit ears" to LCD flatscreen


Friend wants to dump the 13" portable tv that is connected
to the rabbit ears, this is if it's possible to get the "over the
airwave" signal into the LCD.

Point is, the local channels are available over the air, and
would like to watch them on the big screen.

ps, what will change when the "digital" switchover actually
happens?

thanks

gary
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Old March 13th 09, 06:29 AM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Friend wants to dump the 13" portable tv that is connected
to the rabbit ears, this is if it's possible to get the "over the
airwave" signal into the LCD.

Point is, the local channels are available over the air, and
would like to watch them on the big screen.

ps, what will change when the "digital" switchover actually
happens?

thanks

gary


Works fine. I replaced my mom's old analog with a new 32" Visio from Costco
for about $400. Got new stand alone rabbit ears, $16, as her last ones were
attached to the TV. Let the TV scan and lots more channels with digital.
Some of the local stations have Weather only on a subchannel.


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Old March 13th 09, 11:00 AM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default OT connecting TV "rabbit ears" to LCD flatscreen

On Mar 13, 12:30*am, wrote:
Friend wants to dump the 13" portable tv that is connected
to the rabbit ears, this is if it's possible to get the "over the
airwave" signal into the LCD....
ps, what will change when the "digital" switchover actually
happens?
gary


Stations have been broadcasting their digital signal on UHF channels
for several years. A tv with a digital (ATSC) tuner can find them and
will list them as (old analog channel) - #, for example I'm watching
the news on digital channel 9-1, actually transmitted on UHF channel
59. The next channel down is 9-0, the original VHF channel 9 which
will shut down on the transition day, a few have already. Then some of
them may move their digital broadcast to the freed-up VHF channels, so
you'll need to rescan.

This site can tell you which stations you could possibly receive with
a good enough antenna:
http://www.tvfool.com/

Jim Wilkins
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Old March 14th 09, 03:18 AM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default OT connecting TV "rabbit ears" to LCD flatscreen

I actually got digital TV on an old rabbit ears.

9.0,9.1,9.2 It was local and was on my 50" plasma.

I have since put on an omi-directional Hi Def antenna but use a Sat line.

I have to put the antenna in the attic for better response.

Martin

wrote:
Friend wants to dump the 13" portable tv that is connected
to the rabbit ears, this is if it's possible to get the "over the
airwave" signal into the LCD.

Point is, the local channels are available over the air, and
would like to watch them on the big screen.

ps, what will change when the "digital" switchover actually
happens?

thanks

gary

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Old March 14th 09, 07:32 AM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default OT connecting TV "rabbit ears" to LCD flatscreen

On Mar 12, 10:30*pm, wrote:
Friend wants to dump the 13" portable tv that is connected
to the rabbit ears, this is if it's possible to get the "over the
airwave" signal into the LCD.

Point is, the local channels are available over the air, and
would like to watch them on the big screen.

ps, what will change when the "digital" switchover actually
happens?

thanks

gary


LCD what? Computer monitor, A/V component monitor, TV, what? Lots of
LCD flat panels out there and they don't all have tuners. If it's a
recent flat panel TV, it may have both analog and digital tuners and
all you'd have to do is convert the 300 ohm twin-lead connection to
the 75 ohm coax connector, Radio Shack may have the old-timey adapter
for such. Connector is usually marked "ANT" on the TV. Your TV
stations are going to have to be fairly close for that to work out.
If it's just an LCD A/V monitor or a TV with only an analog tuner,
you're going to have to pony up for a tuner box, one of the cheapy DTV
converter boxes may work, if the monitor has composite or component
inputs. There's only a couple of models of the cheap converters that
have S-Video outputs. What you'll get from the cheapies isn't real
HD, though. Won't make a difference if the LCD isn't HD, too. If it's
a computer monitor, you'll need a TV adapter, these typically will
have both tuners in them and have DVI or HDMI outputs. If the old
rabbit ears won't make it, you'll have to fork out for a better
antenna, there are amplified indoor ones that take the place of the
old rabbit ears although aren't as cheap. Whether or not it works
depends solely on location. If you've got satellite there, the
provider may have an OTA digital tuner available for cheap.

If you go the cheapie DTV converter route, do some internet surfing,
all boxes are NOT equal.

As far as what happens come the day, analog goes dark, no programming,
the digital transmitters get fired up at full power and at their final
locations. Everyone gets to tweek their antenna setups again. There
will be dancing in the streets and the Dow will hit 14000 again. Or
maybe not. Then the LOLs will start phoning in about not being able
to see their soaps, that's a certainty.


Stan
 




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