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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

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 5 years, 9 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 5 years, 8 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 5 years, 9 months ago
By
DeEdra
Question

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

asked 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 7 months ago
By
MikeM123
Question

does the rca coverter remote has a power button on it for the tv?

asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
39male
 - 01550
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
Just look at the picture above, click on enlarge, zoom in and you will see the T.V. Power Button.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
opuiohrgp8oyn
answer 2
Yes, with the converter box remote you can turn your tv on and off and control the volume.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Oklahoma City
Question

my dog ate the hand held channel changer, help?

I have a RCA ATSC Converter Box DTA A800B
S/N PA111J144A3244

Can I purchase this item only??
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
By
allynh
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
I have sucessfully programed 4 different models of universal remotes to control these converter boxes with the cable/satellite button. The only down side is that I have to switch between cable/satellite to turn on the converter and change channels and TV to turn on the tv and adjust volume.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
dl73
 - ks
answer 2
You may purchase accessories on www.1800customersupport.com/RCA.
Choose Digital Converter Boxes and the model you have. Click on the RED BOX that states "CLICK HERE FOR ACCESSORIES". Choose the remote control and continue with the purchase.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
By
DeEdra
Question

no volume control on converter box, one on the remote.

i bought a rca converter box and there is volume control on the remote,but not on the converter box.
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
By
rallen210
 - Long Beach,Ca
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
Once you program the remote to control your tv, you can use the volume buttons on the remote, but if you loose the remote, you would then have to use the buttons on the box to change channels and the buttons on the TV to change volume. On the remote that comes with this unit. The darker grey buttons control TV functions once the remote is programmed for your TV and the lighter colored buttons onctrol the converter box functions.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
dl73
 - ks
answer 2
Yes, you are right, it's on the remote, that is enough for me.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
By
Momo91746
Question

is an antenna neccessary to use this box?

asked 5 years, 2 months ago
By
saphillips
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
If you do not use the cable from your wall to get a clear picture (before using the converter box) yes you will need an antenna. Some digital or flat screen televisions will pick up channels but even then you will get more channels and better reception with an antennea.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
Sansanda
 - TN
answer 2
Yes, you still need a digital antenna. We found that the small indoor antennas do not work in our area. So we will get a larger one that mounts in the attic. Also make sure to get one that is UHF/VHF.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
RNAY
 - Colorado Springs
Question

I have a HDTV do I need a ditigal box for my T.V.

asked 5 years, 9 months ago
By
nylon
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
GeoSam's answer isn't completely correct. You need to make sure your HDTV has an ATSC tuner in it. If it does, you will be alright as this is the digital tuner needed to pick up DTV and HDTV signals.
If you have an older HDTV (like one of the two I have), it may be labeled HDTV monitor, HD ready or something like that. If that is the case, the tv may not have a digital tuner on-board. In that case, you will need a convertor box to change the signal from analog to digital. You will need to check your owner's manual or "Google" the manufacturer and model number to find out which tuner you have. Good luck! Everything is better in HD!
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
By
BluesDeluxe
answer 2
NO!
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
By
GEOSAM
 - Lakeland FL
Question

Does this work on any TV's regardless of how old it is?

I have a Magnavox with the only outlet being for an antenna. Will the box work on this?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
By
BigDAZ
 - Glendale, AZ
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, it should work on any TV, regardless of how old it is. It's easy to connect it to any TV that has a standard COAX connection (typically labelled "ANTENNA IN" or "RF IN"), it also works with any TV that has an AV Input (RCA jacks). If the TV is REALLY REALLY OLD, it might have two screw connections (300 ohm connection), instead of COAX. Even in this case, it's easy to find a cheap 300ohm-to-COAX adapter (should be under $10), that you can use to connect the old TV to your converter. Again, this only applies to REALLY OLD TV's (very few around - most old TV's that are still operating, have COAX)
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
By
solas
 - Indianapolis
answer 2
Converter box should work fine with your Magnavox. Simply make connection between OUTPUT TO TV on the converter, and the Antenna IN on the TV, using the COAX cable supplied with converter box. Connect your old antenna to the ANTENNA IN on the converter box. The converter box will output signal on either channel 3 or channel 4 - you select which channel, with switch on back of converter. Make sure your TV is then tuned to the same channel (3 or 4). Detailed instructions in instruction book (you can download it at www.1800customersupport.com/RCA )
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
By
solas
 - Indianapolis
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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 7 months ago
By
ToddHC
 - WI
answer 2
You will NOT need to buy a new antenna to receive the new digital signal.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
By
MikeM123
Question

I got my $40 coupon, is there a minimum on how much the convertor box has to be?

asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - dallas, tx
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
No, you can pay as much as you want to, but WHY ! The Ads will say if the converter box you are looking at is eligable to use the coupon.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
opuiohrgp8oyn
answer 2
As far as I know, there isn't a minimum. I purchased mine for a little over $10 with tax.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Oklahoma City
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