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im new here and i just recently purchased a Panasonic 50" G20 series plasma. my question is is it digital cable ready? can i just plug in my cable from the wall and run the channel scan and it will work? or do i need to pruchase a digital convertor box?

thanks ahead of time.
 

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You need to buy a Digital Cable box and subscribe to receive digital cable signals.

You then output the signal from your cable box to your television.
 

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i am talking about how you used to be able to just use rabbit ears and pick up signal well now everything is digital and with a standard def tv you can buy the box plug it into the wall then run a cable from the box to your tv and you have your local channels. but some new HDTVs do come "digital cable ready" which means you can plug the cabel straight from the wall to the tv without getting the box. i have it plugged in straight from the wall but am getting no picture even after running the scan
 

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You can still use rabbit ears.

Otherwise, you'll need a digital cable box from your local cable provider, as hugh already mentioned.

What is your location?
 

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Please advise your location and service provider. Here's the FAQ on using the QAM tuner for digital cable - with most providers, it's useless and a STB is required:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=32271

Here's a post useful for those new to the forum - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741

If you're interested in OTA, that's a separate topic - go to the OTA forum here.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=81
 

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In the US you should be able to scan your cable service provider's signal and get the "local" channels for your area since they are usually unencrypted in the US, as mentioned in the FAQ. You need to use the appropriate option when doing the scan - should be covered in the operating manual for your TV.
 
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