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Old 11-14-2010, 06:26 AM   #1
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I have a Mitsubishi HD1080 Series TV I imagine it's 6 plus years old, but not sure. I want to drop cable and thought I would see what I could get without it. I live in the city limits.

I bought a Phillips HD VHF/UHF Antenna - The person at the store said they had the same one and that it worked well for him.

The antenna needed an "RF" input which my TV didn't have.
I bought an "RF Modulator" - thinking this was the appropriate solution and plugged the antenna coaxial plug into the mod, then from the modulator into "Antenna A" on the back of the TV.

From TV menu, i set antenna A to "off air"

but all i receive is a blank blue screen. not even snow, just blue.

my cable works great, so i don't feel it's a TV problem, just an pilot problem and a lack of understanding how I am supposed to pick up HDTV via OTA.

I surely would appreciate some insight. The previous owner said it was HD, but did not have any HDMI input which is correct.

Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:09 AM   #2
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I visited the support site page and it says that the 1080 HD that you are talking about is not the model number.

http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/support.html

Using a generalized term such as a Phillips Hd UHF - VHF antenna does not tell me anything either.

I guess the only way to put it would be for us to know all the model numbers and a exact address for your location to diagnose your problem.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:25 AM   #3
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Hello, ellie_t
Welcome to the forum.

First, the RF input the antenna needs is the "Antenna A" connection on the back of your TV. Hook the antenna directly to that input without the RF modulator.
Then, go to the TV's setup menu and use the channel scan/memorize channels function to find the available channels in your area. If your TV has both a analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) tuner, it will find all the channels you can receive with that antenna. However, a TV that age may not have a built in digital tuner. If it doesn't, it may not find any channels at all, and you will need a separate ATSC tuner to get the digital channels.

At any rate, try doing the scan first, and let us know what you get and we can go from there if you still have problems.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:15 AM   #4
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Ellie,

I think that the modulator is probably unnecessary, since you have the Antenna A input on the set. Normally I would not think that a six year old set does not have a built-in digital (ATSC) tuner but maybe your set does have an ATSC tuner. It would be helpful to get the exact model number off of the set but that might be more trouble than it's worth.

Anyhow, one issue to research is the built-in tuner. 'ATSC' is the anachronym for the new digital broadcast system. 'NTSC' is for the old, analog system. NTSC is gone except for low power stations.

Until two or thre years ago, most flat-panel sets were marketed as 'HD Ready'. HD Ready was effectively a lie to the consumers because you had to spend more money to decode any HD broadcasts.

Now, how to get allthis worked out. I get my hands on an 'HD Settop Box'. What you are looking is something to decode the ATSC broadcasts. there are 'coupon eligible converter boxes' (CECBs) that output in standard definition and there are HD tuners that output in high definition.

Also please either run a TV Fool.com report on your address or give us your zipcode. Also Is this antenna marketed as an 'indoor antenna'? Most indoor antennas are too small and do not get as many stations as people ultimately want.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:05 AM   #5
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Ellie,
Normally I would not think that a six year old set does not have a built-in digital (ATSC) tuner but maybe your set does have an ATSC tuner.
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Too many 'not's in that sentence. But I think that you can understand what I meant.
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