How can you tell if a TV is digital or analog?

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Old 02-12-11, 08:15 AM
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How can you tell if a TV is digital or analog?

I bought a Sony KP-57WS510 57" Projection Screen TV in 2003, I got laid off of work and need to down size my expenses. I'm giving up Satillite TV and going back to Local TV with an antenna, I'm not sure if my TV is digital or analog. In the owners manual it said something about this TV was capable of recieving digital reception, I'm not sure if I need to buy a converter box or not, can anyone help me? Thanks....
 
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Old 02-12-11, 08:23 AM
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Go into the setup menu and there should be an option to auto-search for channels. Run it, and see if it finds only analog or analog and digital. If it's finding digital, then you should only need an antenna.
 
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I should learn to read the post better. Nevermind.
 
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Old 02-12-11, 08:42 AM
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I don't see anything in the specs in the back of the manual except NTSC, which is the analog system.Digital capability would mention ASTC somewhere. The channel range is also just the regular 2-69. Unless one of the Pro's disagrees, you'll need a converter box.

I doubt any TV made in 2003 has a built in ASTC tuner.
 
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Good news: The TV is capable of displaying 1080i, 720p, and 480p.

Bad news: It has no digital tuner.

You don't need a converter box (sometimes called a DTV receiver).

You do need an ATSC tuner with audio/video outputs. Many people buy a DVD recorder with the tuners built in. Connect the antenna to the DVD recorder's RF or ANT spigot, and connect one of its A/V outputs to an A/V input on the back of the TV.
 
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