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How to determine if your TV has a built-in digital tuner.


A digital tuner allows a TV to receive digital television (DTV) signals broadcast over-the-air by local TV stations.

To find out if one of your TVs has a built-in digital tuner, check the owner's manual or the TV itself for one of these labels:

  • integrated digital tuner
  • digital receiver
  • digital tuner
  • DTV
  • HDTV
  • ATSC

The following labels are not indicators of a built-in digital tuner:

  • digital ready
  • digital monitor
  • HDTV monitor
  • HDTV ready

TVs that do not have a built-in digital tuner will not receive over-the-air television unless they are connected to a digital converter box.

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