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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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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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 months ago
By
MikeM123
Question

With the new converter boxes are you able to record from your VCR from 2 different channels during the day?

Ex. I record Y & R on ch.4 at 11:00 and AMC on ch. 5 at noon. I've hated cable and dish boxes because apparently this cannot be done without you physically changing the channel. Kinda hard to do when I'm at work then.
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
By
dkley
 - Minnesota
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
No. These units do not have any time/channel shifting capabilities. I don't think any brand has that. VCR's are all but obsolete now.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
oaktownlady
 - Las Vegas, NV
Question

wher do I find remote codes for a Philips TV

asked 5 years, 3 months ago
By
Dennis1964
 - Mid MO
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
Dennis I hope this can help you;

I have an RCA universal remote and these are some of the codes they mentionn for "Phillip-Magnavox TV''
Here goes;
023
089
094
404
068
090
134
071
091
385
072
092
387
073
093
397

You try these until you get it, then write that code down because you may need it again.
Some of those codes can also be used for you TV,VCR,DVD, also the audio CD players etc.
Good luck I hope this helps you.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
Madeleine1936
 - NY
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 5 years, 3 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 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, 2 months ago
By
oaktownlady
 - Las Vegas, NV
Question

if you have a roof top antenna split to 5 different tv's will one converter box work for all five and where does it get connected?

asked 5 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
You will need a box for each set. Place each box between the cable bringing in the antenna and the set to which it was connected. If you only used one box it would control all five sets and you would have to watch the same thing on all five.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
cheflarry
Question

do you have to buy a new antenna

i already have an rca convertor box and we hooked it up and it couldn't pick anything up. do you have to buy a diffrent antenna or is it not gonna pick anything up until everything switches over?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
4 answers
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answer 1
In my case, I was not able to receive any channels with the rabbit ears I was using to pull in analog channels and had to install an outdoor antenna to pull in digital channels. antennaweb.org can be very helpful on this.
answered 5 years ago
By
dl73
 - ks
answer 2
put tv on channel 3.
with remote control for box press menu & then click OK on settings.
on the settings screen click OK on antenna then move your antenna around to pick up the best signal strength press menu then select channel scan for the box to find available channels. you will see a little update scan in the upper right corner . let it scan for a few minutes then press OK. Hope this helps.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
njsmartie
answer 3
no you don't have to buy a new antenna just connet it to the converter box.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
mcshoppy
answer 4
Presently it will only work if you have TV stations that already broadcast in digital. Most do not because they're still broadcasting an analog signal. Once the law changes next month they will all switch over to digital broadcasting and the converter will work with your current antenna.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
scottls2
 - Cleveland, Ohio
Question

What is the programming guide like onthe RCA?

The Magnavox programming guide is not very user-friendly. You have to go to each channel separatly to see what's on.
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
By
no1paco
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
The RCA Converter guide is very simple. You're offered a list of channels, the name of the program on now and what's scheduled to come on next. Highlighting a tv show name or channel will direct you to that channel. The remote control has an INFO button that displays what's currently on screen. There is also a "what's on now" display as channels are manually changed.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
SABOTEURw
 - Baltimore MD
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 5 years, 2 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 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, 2 months ago
By
TJinLA
 - Long Beach, CA
Question

Emerson TV remote codes

I just purchased a RCA DTV converter box, everything works great. But, I can't get any of the codes to program on the remote, so I do not have volume control or power on & off. Does anyone have any different codes for the Emerson, other than what is in the book with the converter?
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
By
daju
 - Tennessee
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
You can find the list at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/archive/index.php/t-1050699.html

In case the link does not work, list of code combination for your Emerson TV is here

Emerson 005,019, 020, 021, 022, 023, 024, 025, 026, 027, 028, 029, 030, 031, 032, 033, 034, 035, 036, 037, 093, 132, 140, 149, 157, 161, 169, 174, 185, 186, 189, 198, 200, 207, 274

You have quite a few combination to go through. Try out all of these combination to see which will work with your Emerson TV.

Hope this will help you!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
By
TtorXenter
Question

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, 2 months ago
By
rallen210
 - Long Beach,Ca
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
2 answers
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answer 1
As long as it has a antenna input jack. YES
answered 5 years, 2 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, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Oklahoma City
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