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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

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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 5 years, 11 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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 10 months ago
By
oaktownlady
 - Las Vegas, NV
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What are the codes to program the remote to control my Emerson tv?

asked 5 years, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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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 5 years, 7 months 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 5 years, 7 months ago
By
Kyle94
 - Tennessee
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is an antenna neccessary to use this box?

asked 5 years, 6 months ago
By
saphillips
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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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, 6 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, 6 months ago
By
RNAY
 - Colorado Springs
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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 6 years, 1 month 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, 7 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 6 years ago
By
DeEdra
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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 5 years, 10 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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 10 months ago
By
TJinLA
 - Long Beach, CA
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does the rca coverter remote has a power button on it for the tv?

asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
39male
 - 01550
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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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, 10 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, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Oklahoma City
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I got my $40 coupon, is there a minimum on how much the convertor box has to be?

asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - dallas, tx
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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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, 10 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, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Oklahoma City
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my tv is a Apex, will a converter box work

i have a older Apex tv, will the converter box work with this
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
rallen210
 - Long Beach,Ca
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
As long as it has a antenna input jack. YES
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
By
opuiohrgp8oyn
answer 2
I am not 100% sure, but I believe it works with all tvs that are cable ready. I have a VERY old tv in my son's room and the converter box works on it.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Oklahoma City
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Which digital converter box do I need?

I have a couple of different analog tvs at my house and I do not have dish or cable. I have an antenna with a signal booster from Radio Shack that I use. I see some boxes have coaxial, composite video outputs, s video and a smart antenna connection. Which of these do I need and does Walmart have it. I think that our store has Magnavox converters.
asked 6 years, 2 months ago
By
Joebone
 - Erie, Pa
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
Any brand of converter box should work with any brand of TV. Converter boxes have , at least, a COAX connection, and a “Composite” (RCA-type connector) connection. Every TV should have, at least, a COAX connection (typically used for connecting an antenna), the vast majority will also have a Composite connection (might be called “AV-IN”).
Some very (very!) old TV’s might not have a COAX connection, but have a 300 ohm connection instead (connection will look like two screws) - in this case you’d need to use a special converter (often called a “balun” or “transformer”) which mates the 300 ohm connection to a coax connection, this little converter can be bought cheaply at many electronics retailers. Again, vast, vast majority of TV’s will have a COAX connection anyway, so for vast, vast majority, no need to use a “balun”. Chances are, if you happen to have a very, very old TV with 300 ohm connection only, you’re already using a “balun” to connect the TV to your antenna, which uses a COAX connection – just connect this “balun” to your Converter Box instead of your antenna.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
By
DeEdra
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Coupons Accepted?

Since the govt. supposedly ran out of money for the converter box program, are the coupons still valid for the $40 at WalMart or any other vendor?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
yes, if you have a coupon it's still good. Just used mine today.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
By
a2d2
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