If you have an older analog set and get your television signal over the air with an antenna, you will either need to buy a new TV with a built-in digital tuner or buy a converter box to use with your current TV set to receive a digital television signal. Television sets connected to cable or satellite and newer digital television sets with built-in digital tuners do not need a converter box. If you have additional TV sets that are not digital or are not connected to cable or satellite, you will need a converter box for each of those sets in order to get a digital signal.
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You can still use your VCR, but the tuner in it won't be able to pick up over-the-air programs for recording. Instead, the input to the VCR must be connected to the output of the converter box. You must set the tuner in the converter box to the channel you want to record before the start of each recording period programmed in the VCR. If you want to watch and record one program simutaneously, you only need one converter box. However, if you want to watch one program and record a different channel at the same time, you will need two converter boxes. Each TV set or TV recording device, such as a VCR, that does not have a digital tuner must be connected to a converter box to continue receiving broadcast signals.