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RCA RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073

The RCA 7-inch Portable TV allows you to watch your favorite shows on the go. It comes with a built-in ATSC digital/NTSC analog tuner that allows for both kinds of inputs making the RTV86073 widely compatible. Further, the Digital LCD TV has a 7" widescreen display, a detachable antenna, flip-out stand, AC power adapter, rechargeable battery, and full-function remote control. The RCA RTV86073 also features parental control to keep kids from meddling it. The built-in speakers are ideal for public viewing whereas the standard headphone jack lets you use the portable digital television with privacy. Ideal for tailgating, camping, vacation, your deck or the office, you can use this RCA TV anywhere where you can get a TV signal.
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Questions & Answers for RCA RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073

Question

Can this tv be hooked up to a larger tv so you can view on a larger screen?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
No. No video output.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
jehu12
 - Indiana
answer 2
Well, I think you can probably connect cable to cable, similarly to the way you would connect a vcr to the tv. Although, Im curious as to why you would want to. If you want to view a larger picture then just view your programming on the larger tv, unless maybe you have an older tv and no converter. But I dont know if it would work like that.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
K2THAC
 - Las Vegas, NV
answer 3
No output to do this.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
JimLP
 - Stockton, CA
answer 4
Why would you want to hook this to a larger tv? Your battery would run down quicker. I bought mine for when the power might go off and when nobody want to watch what I like. For a little more money you can buy a nice 19",22" which don't need the battery
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
fourthofeight
 - Richmond va
answer 5
No. Sorry. This TV has no video output jack.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
restart
answer 6
No it can not.
It has no connections other then the CATV in.
The picture and sound quality is very poor.
I had to return mine
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
 - Hampden Maine
answer 7
no not see this ability in the manual.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Rayhurricance
 - pensacola, fl
answer 8
There are no output jacks...
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
JeepStitcher
answer 9
Product is intended for stand-alone use. It does not have an "AV output" for connection to a bigger screen.

It's got a built-in TV tuner, and built-in screen and speaker, it does have a headphone output jack, if you want to use headphones.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
solas
 - Indianapolis
Question

how many channels does this pick up with antenna?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
c143
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
I get usually at least 10 ,
when I was down by San Antonio I was getting 22 channels .

That was with the antenna that came with the TV . You can add a longer coax cable to make your antenna higher to get more channels ...

I rigged up an antenna made with a coat hanger, added a 25 ft coax cable and raised the antenna with tent poles above my house. I was picking up channels from San Antonio & Austin ... co0L

It picks up HD channels with the coat hanger , I tried it on my home TV & it worked Great !
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
mrwatcher
 - Lockhart, Texas
answer 2
It will depend on where you are. I am in los angeles,CA just with the antenna I have over 40 channels. Someone else might have less.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
kika0109
 - Los Angeles, CA
answer 3
Probably depends on your location, but using just the antenna provided we could only get 3 channels and they were in and out so we had to keep moving the antenna.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
TVmania
 - Tampa, Florida
answer 4
mine only picked up three channels
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Kilgore, TX
answer 5
when run through set up, as instructed, we received over 13 channels
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
tenfour
answer 6
I can get all of the same ones I can get with my big TV off an antenna, which is several. It all depends upon what is available in your area.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
DEBDES
 - Hillsboro MO
answer 7
It's suppost to do 70 channals but with an antenna your lucky to get any. I tried 4 antennas and none worked very well, but with a real TV and any of the same antennas, I get a great signal.
It has no extras at all.
The sound and picture quality is very poor.
I had to return mine.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
 - Hampden Maine
answer 8
channels varies from state to state it usually picks up all available over the air channels such as fox abc cbs nbc and others if available as free to air channels
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
thumpr
 - ut
answer 9
As many as are available in your area that can be picked.

You can go to http://www.antennaweb.org/ and answer a few questions about your area and it will show you what might be available.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Donajos3
 - Wisconsin
Question

does this play radio?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
talleykay
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
No AM or FM tuner included.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
jehu12
 - Indiana
answer 2
No Radio
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
mrwatcher
 - Lockhart, Texas
answer 3
No
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
fourthofeight
 - Richmond va
answer 4
No.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
DEBDES
 - Hillsboro MO
answer 5
No
It has no extras at all.
The sound and picture quality is very poor.
I had to return mine.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
 - Hampden Maine
answer 6
Not per manual.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Rayhurricance
 - pensacola, fl
answer 7
No
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
JeepStitcher
answer 8
No, it is for TV band signals.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
BILLinAZ
 - Mesa, AZ
answer 9
NO
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
ArletteMW
Question

How many channels can u get on this tv?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
jmipo
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
All of the broadcast digital signals from channel 2 to 69 and the decimal signals included.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
jehu12
 - Indiana
answer 2
I can get 4-6 channels on this TV but they cut in and out. It is frustrating to try and watch it. If I had it to do again I would not buy it.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
KsBuyer
 - KS
answer 3
Depends on your location. On average I would say 10 to 15. I have tryed it in different localities.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
fourthofeight
 - Richmond va
answer 4
The TV scans for the channels available in your area. So the number varies.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
sballetmaster
answer 5
In Central Florida we only got 3 channels.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
TVmania
 - Tampa, Florida
answer 6
70 Channels
It has no extras at all.
The sound and picture quality is very poor.
I had to return mine.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
 - Hampden Maine
answer 7
Personally I get the one local HD channel with the supplied antenna, but see no reasons if I added a outside antenna that I could not get more channels assuming I have the proper high gain antenna and mounted high enough and pointed in the right direction.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Rayhurricance
 - pensacola, fl
answer 8
as many as your area has in digital broadcast
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
dustonthewind
 - louisville,ky
answer 9
Depends on how many strong signals you get in your market or how many channels are in your basic cable service.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
BILLinAZ
 - Mesa, AZ
Question

Can you hook up cable to this tv

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
NBF111
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
asencion
 - Arlington, Texas
answer 2
YES .

when you first set it up , you have to select :

OVER THE AIR or CABLE
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
mrwatcher
 - Lockhart, Texas
answer 3
yes.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
barkleydog
 - Springfield, MO
answer 4
Yes
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
JimLP
 - Stockton, CA
answer 5
Yes. It has a "Clear QAM" tuner, which means it can pick up non-scranbled cable TV channels.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
restart
answer 6
Yes you can hook up cable to this tv
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Kilgore, TX
answer 7
Yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Donajos3
 - Wisconsin
answer 8
It says you can according to the manual.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
mommyofcaden
 - Sheboygan Falls, WI
answer 9
Yes, works great
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Max757
 - So.Bend, IN
Question

How long is the detachable antenna lead wire?

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
yreka3
 - Yreka, CA
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
About 5 foot.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
jehu12
 - Indiana
answer 2
No sure exactly , 5 ft./ 6 ft. but you can add a longer cable if you want. I added a tee connecter
and added a second antenna ...

So in the cab of my truck , I have an antenna on the right and one on the left ... to cover more area for better reception ...

You can add a 20 ft antenna cable if you want .. co0L
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
mrwatcher
 - Lockhart, Texas
answer 3
About 58".
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
ousooner2
 - OKC, OK
answer 4
about 3 feet
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
PapaBoudreaux
 - Mississippi
answer 5
About 3 feet and it dose not work very well.
I tried 4 other antennas with poor results.
It has no extras at all.
The sound and picture quality is very poor.
I had to return mine.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
 - Hampden Maine
answer 6
It's about four feet long.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
KsBuyer
 - KS
answer 7
it's 5 foot long.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
solas
 - Indianapolis
answer 8
About 2 1/2 feet.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Provasek
 - Fort Worth, TX
answer 9
I think it was about 4ft.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
mommyofcaden
 - Sheboygan Falls, WI
Question

Can this TV be connected directly to my CATv cable without special equipment?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
asencion
 - Arlington, Texas
answer 2
Yes it can.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
kyfonz
 - Lexington, KY
answer 3
Yes, I connected it to my regular cable line.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
K2THAC
 - Las Vegas, NV
answer 4
yes it can
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
urholedout
 - maricopa, az
answer 5
Absolutely! Simply plug your CATV cable into the port where the antenna is connected. Go to MENU and select SETUP. Choose CATV instead of AIR for your input source and then scan the channels in.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
MarketingJunkie
answer 6
works perfect on cable, no extra equipment for basic cable. Just set to cable in the setup screen and do a channel search . (Your cable system may be different than mine, Comcast.)
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
PapaBoudreaux
 - Mississippi
answer 7
Yes, it has the option of having cable input or an antenna, the only issue you may have is if your cable is digital and requires a box. But if you have analog cable where you only have to connect the cable to your tv and scan for channels should be no problem.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Chibecky
 - Chicago, IL
answer 8
Yes it can.
The resolution is very poor and the sound is all tinny.
I could not get a signal with the antinna.
I had to return it.
This TV is useless!!!!!!!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
 - Hampden Maine
answer 9
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
nosreknah
 - Philadelphia Pa.
Question

What is the battery life on this TV?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
About 2 hours.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
ousooner2
 - OKC, OK
answer 2
4 hrs
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
lilcam
 - Memphis,Tn.
answer 3
about 2 hours
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
mindecca
 - North Alabama
answer 4
You can probably get a couple of hours out of the battery.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
LaPorteWalmart
 - La Porte, Tx
answer 5
Ours last 1.5-1.75 hours. Not long at all.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Warburd
 - Hermiston, OR
answer 6
100 minutes.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
sballetmaster
answer 7
Yes.
It has no extras at all.
The sound and picture quality is very poor.
I had to return mine.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
 - Hampden Maine
answer 8
manual says 100 minutes.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Rayhurricance
 - pensacola, fl
answer 9
2 Hours
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
1379
Question

Can you watch the TV while charging?

asked 3 years, 5 months ago
By
MyHusband
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
no.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
asencion
 - Arlington, Texas
answer 2
Yes.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
jehu12
 - Indiana
answer 3
The TV has to be OFF to be charging .

You can watch TV while the power plug is plugged in , the power will be coming from your power plug
and not your battery ....

I have mine plugged in most of the time, saves your battery juice.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
mrwatcher
 - Lockhart, Texas
answer 4
You can watch the TV while plugged in, but it will only charge when the TV is off.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
ousooner2
 - OKC, OK
answer 5
Yes, I do.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
MountainPilot
 - Colorado
answer 6
Yes - the TV charges when it is plugged in and you are watching it.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
KsBuyer
 - KS
answer 7
yes, it is constantly charging. But if conpletely dead you will have to charge it in the off postion. There is a green light on the side to show charged.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
leanickel
answer 8
yes
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
barkleydog
 - Springfield, MO
answer 9
No it only charges in off mode
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
GoodDealKid
 - Oklahoma City
Question

can I use regular batteries

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA 7" Portable TV, RTV86073
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
no.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
asencion
 - Arlington, Texas
answer 2
no
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
leanickel
answer 3
no
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
cookiejean
 - Oak Park, MI
answer 4
no it has a rechargeable battery built in
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
wantmygrill
answer 5
no, it has recharagebale with about 2 hours on them before needing another charge.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
mindecca
 - North Alabama
answer 6
No
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
JimLP
 - Stockton, CA
answer 7
No. The lithium battery pack is installed by the manufacture and cannot be replaced with regular batteries.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
LaPorteWalmart
 - La Porte, Tx
answer 8
No it's a battery pack.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Warburd
 - Hermiston, OR
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