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Old 10-19-2012, 02:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am getting ready to replace my TVs with converter boxes with an HDTV

Is there any difference in the reception power of the OTA tuner. I have looked for a while and find no rating or spec's referring to reception strength for most brands or types of HDTVs.

Maybe consumer reports doesn't think OTA is important!

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First off, welcome to the site Dale,

Now for your question,

There is no noticeable difference signal wise between a set top box tuner and the input tuner on an HDTV, they all have about the same input specifications.

You will however see a big difference in the picture quality, the HDTV will out perform all STB's by far.
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Thanks Terry,

Based on current technology and using OTA signal it seems to me it make sense to invest in the Smart HDTV when making this upgrade from a set top converter.

Any opinion or user feedback on a "smart Unit".

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The only difference between a "Smart" HDTV and a regular HDTV is that the smart TV can hook directly to the internet, via WIFI or hard line CAT5/6.

This allows you to download movies and videos from say "Netflix" or other video stores, some also let you surf the web.

One big problem with a smart TV and downloading a bunch of movies, is that your ISP may have bandwidth limitations, and if you go over that limit your internet connection speed will be reduced or shut down till you comply with their requirements.


One 2 hour movie can be as much as 4 to 5 gigabytes, and if you only allowed 20 gigabytes a month you can go over your limit very fast.

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Just adding my little grain of sand here, I have tested a couple of DTV converters, Digital Stream is for me the best signal and image resolution, example of my test, when the first time this converters hit the market I used the plastic thingy government gave to help the purchase of this equipment, everyone was out there and almost everyday all stores ran out of this equipment, when I finally got my hands on one I got what was available at the moment, RCA was the brand, I moved the antenna south, north, west and east, borrowed an OTA tool, looks like satfinder but it's for OTA signals, and only getting45% signal on the RCA's meter, not many channels also, cheked with neighbor to see if my RCA was defective and guess what it wasn't, neighbor also had the same problem, I took everything apart and put away in a closet, this year I decided to start again fresh so got Digital Stream DTV Converter at R@dio Sh@ck, also a small 4 element OTA antenna just moved it facing the center of the Island P.R. and got all channels, checked the DTV converter's meter 89% signal, Hope this helps.
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