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Can You Receive Digital Broadcasts on a Digital TV Without Box?

Not digital: An old analog tube-type Panasonic TVCable television companies advertise their full line-up of digital channels frequently. To the average consumer, it may seem as if you need a special cable television box, or a special converter box for a standard antenna to be able to receive your broadcasts in full-digital quality. The truth is that your television already may be equipped to receive full digital television transmissions even if you do not have cable and even if you do not have a converter box.

Digital Switch

According to DTV.gov, the federal government's information website regarding digital television, all television broadcasters switched to full digital broadcasts from analog as of June 12, 2009. One of the reasons for switching from analog to digital is that some of the emergency broadcast frequencies being used by fire departments, police departments and emergency rescue companies were interfered with by analog television channels. Now with digital television in full effect, the emergency authorities can communicate better with each other on a full-time basis.

Built-in Digital

According to "Consumer Reports" magazine, many people can receive digital television channels without needing a special antenna or cable box. The federal government has implemented a series of laws regarding television manufacturing since 2005 that have mandated that certain kinds of televisions come equipped to receive digital programming over-the-air without the need for special equipment. Any 35-inch or larger television made since July 2005 is digitally equipped. Since March 2006, all television sets 25-inches and larger have been made with digital-receiving equipment installed, and since March 2008 all television sets sold in the United States come equipped to handle digital programming. If your television meets any of these criteria, then your set is ready to receive digital programming without special equipment. If you do not have cable, a simple antenna can help improve your over-the-air digital reception.

Older Televisions

If you own a television that is not high-definition (HD) compatible or digitally ready, then you need a converter box to receive digital programming. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), if you have an antenna that works for both VHF and UHF channels, then you do not need a new antenna to work with that converter box. In order to receive digital programming, your antenna needs to work on all channels from channel 2 through channel 51. The FCC warns that some antennas marketed as HD or digital antennas do not work very well in the lower VHF channels and will not give you the results you want. Any antenna that works in VHF and UHF can be teamed up with a digital converter to give you clear digital television.



Blusmart Digital Optical Coax to Analog RCA Audio Converter Adapter with 3.28ft Optical Toslink Cable and 3.5mm Stereo Y Cable Splitter RCA L/R Output for Blu-ray DVD PS3 PS4 DC 5V Adapter
CE (Blusmart)
  • Converts Coaxial or Toslink digital audio signals to analog L/R audio, available for connection to an external device such as an amplifier via standard RCA-style...
  • Supports sampling rate at 32, 44.1, 48 and 96 KHz, perfect for Blu-ray DVD, PS3, PS4 or any other home or music audio converter and adapter.
  • 24-bit S/PDIF incoming bit stream on left and right channels, provides electromagnetic-noise-free transmission.
  • Come with 3.28 Feet Optical Toslink Cable, 3.5mm Stereo Y Cable Splitter and DC 5V Adapter, you can use it directly without purchasing any other cables.
  • Small size, easy to install and simple to operate. Fast delivery, friendly customer service with 1 year warranty. █ATTENTION: Only buy from Newpower so that you...
Blusmart Digital Optical Coax to Analog RCA Audio Converter Adapter with 3.28ft Optical Toslink Cable and 3.5mm Stereo Y Cable Splitter RCA L/R Output for Blu-ray DVD PS3 PS4 DC 5V Adapter
CE (Blusmart)
  • Converts Coaxial or Toslink digital audio signals to analog L/R audio, available for connection to an external device such as an amplifier via standard RCA-style...
  • Supports sampling rate at 32, 44.1, 48 and 96 KHz, perfect for Blu-ray DVD, PS3, PS4 or any other home or music audio converter and adapter.
  • 24-bit S/PDIF incoming bit stream on left and right channels, provides electromagnetic-noise-free transmission.
  • Come with 3.28 Feet Optical Toslink Cable, 3.5mm Stereo Y Cable Splitter and DC 5V Adapter, you can use it directly without purchasing any other cables.
  • Small size, easy to install and simple to operate. Fast delivery, friendly customer service with 1 year warranty. █ATTENTION: Only buy from Newpower so that you...
BoostWaves® Digital Converter Box DVR, 1080P HDTV, HDMI Output, 7 Day Program Guide, Recording & Playback, Parental Controls, Why Pay for Cable or Dish?
Home Theater (Unique Imports)
  • Use with your Existing Analog TV & Antenna to receive Digital Broadcast - Video Resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p
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  • Electronic Programing Guide to see whats playing 7 days in advace - Includes USB Multi-Media Function - Playback for Movies, Pictures, and Music
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BrainyTrade SANOXY Analog to Digital Audio Converter Adapter
Speakers (BrainyTrade)
  • Package Includes: 1 x Analog Stereo to Digital Optical Coax Audio Converter
  • Digital audio cable length can run up to 15 feet without signal degradation. Supports output sampling rate at 48KHz
  • Converts analog L/R signals to digital S/PDIF or TOSLink. Both TOSlink and Coax digital outputs may be used simultaneously
  • Supports uncompressed 2-channel LPCM digital audio signal output. Easy to install and simple to operate.
  • Provides electromagnetic noise free transmission
Momoday ATSC Digital TV Converter Box on Analog Television with Media Player & Recording Functions for US, Canada & Mexico - HDMI YPbPr RCA Coaxial Outputs for Easy Connecting
Personal Computer (Momoday)
  • With this converter box, you can watch HD & digital program without a new TV. Never miss your favorite shows and set up the PVR to record programs or pause in...
  • Enjoy multimedia on a big screen insert a USB drive(32GB Max.) to view photos, watch videos & listen to music.
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