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We have no outside antennae. We had a tv in the bathroom with rabbit ears that gets all the local channels, in color, just fine. No need for an antennae....have cable everywhere else in the house. I truly don't understand what this new change is going to do....I thought you could buy a new digital tv and still get some signal...like we can now without cable. We can't get any signal in San Diego (hill behind the house) so we have cable everywhere, but here in AZ, we were able to get very clear reception without any kind of external antennae...even with little hand-held tv's.

There is one hazard with a digital system.

An old analog TV, as the signal quality deteriorates, will deliver a poorer picture. You may have a few channels where your picture is nothing but snow but you still have easily intelligible sound.

I would expect a digital TV to deliver better quality from the same poor signal... to a point, and then after that point it would deliver nothing at all.
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