It’s sometimes difficult to identify whether or not a TV supports a digital connection. Some sets may look new enough, but only support an analog connection. So how do you know if a TV is digital?
The best way would be to Google the make and model of your TV, followed by the word “tuner”. You can usually find the make and model of your TV on a label located on the rear of the set. When searching, you should be able to find a manual or shopping page that includes the type of tuner the set has. You’re looking to ensure that the TV has a built-in Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) tuner. It may also be noted as a “digital” or “HDTV” tuner.
If your TV has an ATSC tuner, you can attach an HDTV antenna and receive television over-the-air for free or, if your cable company supports it, attach an incoming cable connection.
If your TV does not have an ATSC tuner, you will need to obtain a digital converter box to convert the signal from digital to analog to watch digital channels. You can then attach an antenna or incoming cable to the converter box to receive your channels. Cable users may want to check with their cable provider to see what options they have. Many cable companies provide converter boxes to their customers.
Hopefully with these steps, you have found out if your TV supports a digital connection and you’re well on your way to kicking back and watching some shows. Happy watching!