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Step 2: Check whether your TV has a QAM tuner

If your TV is not connected to any of the digital equipment described in step #1, check to see if it has the proper tuner.

Most television sets sold since 2005 have a built in digital tuner - called a QAM tuner - that will receive digital signals.  As a rule of thumb, if your TV set has a screen shaped like a rectangle, it probably has the proper tuner.  To be completely certain, please do one of the following:

  • Consult your owner’s manual to see if your TV has a digital tuner and/or;
     
  • Use the Auto Tune (sometimes called Auto Program) feature of your television set. This process will have your tuner scan for all available channels.  (The Auto Tune function is a feature of your TV set and is usually found in the MENU. Select Auto Tune and follow the on-screen prompts.  Consult your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer of your TV set for further details.)
     
  • Once auto tune completes, TUNE TO CHANNEL 51 (or, on a limited number of digital TV sets, tune to channel 66.5). If you see this screen, your TV set has the proper digital tuner, you should continue to receive all the channels to which you currently subscribe and you should not need any additional digital equipment.

If your TV set has a digital tuner, it does not need any additional equipment.  IMPORTANT:  If none of your TVs require additional equipment, please let us know by clicking here.  

If you have any TV sets with neither a digital converter nor a digital tuner, you will need additional equipment.  Please continue to Step 3.