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RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800

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RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800

Purchase a digital converter box for $49.87 (with coupon, $9.87*) Digital converter boxes receive over-the-air digital TV broadcasts for viewing on TVs that do not have built-in digital tuners. If you wish to keep using your analog TV set, you must purchase a digital converter box. Digital converter boxes are available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide. For additional information and to apply for digital converter box coupons, visit www.dtv2009.gov or call 1-888-DTV-2009.
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Questions & Answers for RCA RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800

Question

Cant get converter box to turn the T.V on or to adjust the TV volume.

asked 6 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
You also might want to check to see if there is more than one code that is listed for your brand of TV and try them all to see if a different code will give you access to more functions.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
By
scottls2
 - Cleveland, Ohio
answer 2
Assuming the converter boxes' remote is programmed correctly, If you cannot turn on your tv then the converter boxes remote is not compatible with your tv. You will have to use both remotes unless you are willing to buy a programmable remote.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
By
MikeM123
Question

Will my non-remote TV now have a remote with the DTV converter?

asked 6 years, 8 months ago
By
PamG
 - SC
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes! Your old tv will now have a remote! You will not change channels on the tv as before, but with the new remote instead.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
By
BachmaSt
 - Hillsboro, OH
answer 2
Yes. Isn't it great!! You will tune your TV to channel 3. You can then change the channels and volume with the included remote.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
By
lvnxxl
 - Chesapeake, VA
Question

Curious does anyone have input on the Magnavox converter box...local Wal-Mart only has this type now. Also what would be the best antenna to buy?

asked 6 years, 6 months ago
By
Madeleine1936
 - NY
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
Both are rated quite similarly, with the Magnavox slightly better for performance, but . . . RCA has two features that the Magnavox does not: universal remote and analog pass through (for channels that have yet to convert).
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
By
ToddHC
 - WI
answer 2
You will NOT need to buy a new antenna to receive the new digital signal.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
By
MikeM123
Question

im confused, do u still have to have an outside antenna or rabbit ears for these boxes 2 work?

asked 6 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, if you currently use an antenna to receive tv signals (not using cable or sattelite pay tv), then you will still need your antenna with the new converter box.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
By
BachmaSt
 - Hillsboro, OH
answer 2
Yes. The rabbit ears or outside ant. you currently have will hook up to the rear of the unit.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
By
lvnxxl
 - Chesapeake, VA
Question

DVR/Converter Box Question

I have a DVR and the the information booklet, what there was, is only for a VCR. I hooked everything up as it showed, replacing the DVR with the VCR in the instructions. When I record shows they come in fuzzy both with the converterbox turned on and turned off. Help!
asked 6 years, 6 months ago
By
Schultz31
 - IL
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
If your dvr has a digital tuner already built in, do not use the converter box with it.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
By
dl73
 - ks
answer 2
Not being familiar with DVR's, I'm not sure if they work without a source such as cable or satellite. Presuming they work without that type of input, you'll still need an antenna of some sort to be connected. The converter alone even without a DVR will require an antenna, even if it's nothing but rabbit ears.
answered 6 years, 4 months ago
By
oaktownlady
 - Las Vegas, NV
Question

Will the converter box pick up stations that haven't converted to digital yet

I installed a converter box and could only get 1 station without the converter box we can get about 6?
asked 6 years, 7 months ago
By
Barb78
 - Eldridge
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
if you have the B version, it should have analog passthough. You have to place the box in Standby mode for that though. also, you may need to upgrade your antenna in order to receive digital channels. check antennaweb.org to get an idea of what you should be able to pull in. I had to put up a large arial and hook up 2 signal boosters back to back to get all the channels for my area. I spent about $350 for that part.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
By
dl73
 - ks
answer 2
It’s possible that you currently have less digital stations available in your region. You can check how many are available by using this website: www.antennaweb.org . Also suggest adjusting your antenna – the frequencies of the digital stations may be quite different from analog stations.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
By
DeEdra
Question

Is a battery pack available?

Re: RCA Digital TV Converter Box
Model DTA800
In case of power failures (hurricanes) is a battery pack available for this converter box? (to be used with my battery powered analog TV)
asked 6 years, 7 months ago
By
SharonGuarino
 - Tamarac, FL
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
There is no battery pack available for this, however you can purchase a small "Power Inverter", that converts the power from a 12 volt DC battery to 110 AC to run the DTA 800, or any of the other Digital Converters, for about $25 to $30. These inverters are commonly used to run laptop computers and other electronic devices from a vehicle. Just first check the wattage draw listed on the label of most electronics, or in it's paperwork, and be sure that you purchase an inverter with approximately 30 percent higher rating than the actual wattage that the Digital Converter runs on. I hope this information helps you.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
By
don2rivers
answer 2
No; The RCA models DTA800 or DTA800B1 does not have the capability to be used with a battery pack.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
By
DeEdra
Question

What are the codes to program the remote to control my Emerson tv?

asked 6 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
Call RCA at 800-252- 6123. They can give you the codes or email the manual to you.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
By
Kyle94
answer 2
You can call RCA at 1-800-252-6123
They will give you the codes and can email the manual. I was in the same situation.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
By
Kyle94
 - Tennessee
Question

Can a converter box be connected through a satellite receiver?

asked 6 years, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
There is no reason to do so since satellite receivers are already digital. They have been for years...
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
By
jaybyrd33
answer 2
Sure, if you want to.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
By
wounderwoman
 - ******
Question

all i get is a blue screen

i have the rca model, as it is the only one sold at walmart. problem is, after i hooked it up to my antenna and vcr, all i get is a blue screen, not even the "no signal" screen people keep talking about. i've tried switching the box and the tv from channel 3 to 4 but to no avail. help!
asked 6 years, 5 months ago
By
mapetite526
 - iowa
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
First, try hooking it up directly to your TV and make sure you have the input set correctly on the tv. Then make sure the light on the box changes from yellow to green. Surprisingly, it can be hard to tell. Then go into the menu and scan for channels.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
By
dl73
 - ks
answer 2
Try taking the VCR out of the mix to see if that works. If not, the box may be defective.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
By
TJinLA
 - Long Beach, CA
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