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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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How do you hookup a VCR and analog TV using 1 converter box?

asked 6 years, 8 months ago
By
buddie53
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
There may be several ways to hookup a VCR and analog TV, depending on how many and what kind of inputs your TV has, and what you want to do with the VCR.
Most of these converter boxes include detailed instructions for their boxes.
Essentially, you are inserting the converter box BETWEEN your antenna and TV. There is another option if your TV has AV inputs.
*** OPTION 1 (with AV inputs on TV)
1. Connect the outside antenna or rabbit ears to the Antenna In on the converter box.
2. Use an audio/video cable and connect the red/white/yellow connectors from the converter box to your VCR INPUTS. This will give you the best picture when recording.
3. Use another audio/video cable and connect the VCR OUTPUTS to the TV INPUTS.
4. Connect an RF cable from the RF OUTPUT on the converter box to the Antenna In on the Television.
With this, select AV Input to watch the VCR is recording. Select Channel 3 or 4 (as set on the Converter box) to bypass the VCR and watch HDTV directly from the converter box.
*** OPTION 2 (without AV input on TV)
If you don't have AV inputs, connect an RF cable from the RF Out connector on the converter box to the Antenna In on the VCR. Then add another RF cable from the RF OUT on the VCR to the Antenna In on the TV. Set the converter box to a different channel than the VCR is set (3 or 4).
With this option, you'll still set the TV to either channel 3 or 4, depending on what you want to watch - either HDTV from the converter box or the VCR output.
I've posted a simple diagram at
netmask (dot) com / dtv / hookup.gif
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
By
Amemait
 - Austin TX
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hard wired antenna

My small TV has the antenna hardwired into the set. Will it be possible to use the converter box on this TV and still use the built in antenna?
Without opening up the TV I don't see any way to insert the converter box between the antenna and TV.
asked 6 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - alaska
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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If it’s hard-wired, there’s no simple solution for using the TV’s antenna. If TV also has an AV input, you could use this, with new antenna (not the TV’s hard-wired antenna)connected to the converter box.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
By
DeEdra
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I havea 1992 Tv, how do I connect the converter?

asked 6 years, 7 months ago
By
GoldenLady
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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Your TV has a RF input (“coax input”) – you may be currently using this to connect your antenna. You can use this input to connect your converter box – simply follow the instructions in your instruction book (if you don’t have this, you can download it from www.1800customersupport/RCA ) . Alternatively, your TV may have an AV input (RCA jacks) – again, you can connect the converter box to the AV inputs, following the instructions in instruction book.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
By
DeEdra
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Use with battery TV

We go camping & use a battery TV, will this still work
asked 6 years, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - New Jersey
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
The RCA converter box does not have a battery. It must be plugged into a 120V power supply to operate.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
By
1Helper
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i am getting one of these for my camper and am wondering if anybody has tried this, if so did it work for you

asked 6 years, 2 months ago
By
debtwin1
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
I tried the RCA, but the Magnavox has worked better for us
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
By
MomofJetliNoa
 - Meridian, MS
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Why does this product need another remote?

We recently installed an HD antenna, which only requires one remote control to use it. Now with this converter box are we back to using two remotes again?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
By
gfcswife
 - Chesterfield, MI
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
Sorry, but the converter box remote will only control the tv and the box. However, you can buy remotes like this one: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10104730 at Wal-Mart that enable you to control a TV, a converter box, and auxillary components (vcr, dvd, etc.). This is what I did, using that remote.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
By
Kyle94
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Converter box with directv

I have on old tv ( non HD compatable) in my bedroom. It is hooked up to receive the digital signales from Directv. I just upgraded my Directv to their HD format with an HD receiver. Now my bedroom TV will not pickup Directv's signal. Will a Converter box for the old tv in the bedroom pick up Directv's HD signals?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Greenfield Indiana
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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I am sorry but it will not. However, you can use the converter box with your old tv to view your regular local programming.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
By
Kyle94
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Why do the letters "SAP" appear on the screen when we turn on the TV and there is no volume?

asked 6 years, 1 month ago
By
SusieQ15
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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SAP = Spanish language. My box dropped all sound. Turn it on and off.
answered 6 years ago
By
RNAY
 - Colorado Springs
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installation difficulty of tv converter ??

Do you need desktop antenna or can you receve signal only with TV converter if you live in large metropolitan aera??
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Southern California
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
You will need an antenna because most TV stations don't all broadcast from the same towers. You don't need a special antenna to receive the digital TV signal. Any old rabbit ears antenna will do. I saw one of these at Big Lots for $5 if you don't have one.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
By
ahlbruce11938
 - portland, or
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Will This Work?

Comcast claim they shut my cable off but they took the box. Now since the transition has happened my channels say you need a Comcast digital box (its expensive). I still have somewhat of cable I can get TBS but if I buy this product will my channels like A&E and SPIKETV appear on my screen or will I need rabbit ears to get signal. The last converter I bought only work for rabbit ears and didn't work, I hooked up my cable wire to see if it will work and no reception at all. Will I have the SAME effect on this box?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
By
Rellsmith
 - East Orange, NJ
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
Hi Rellsmith,
The short answer is 'It will probably not get A&E and SPIKETV'. Here's why:

[1] Your TV tuner will pick out signals (if available) from what ever is directed to it.
There are two formats of signal to consider: analog (the NTSC standard) and digital (the ATSC standard). If your TV tuner is analog only, it cannot interpret the digital signals, but it will tune in to any analog channel signals that are still used on the cable. (Apparently Comcast is showing you the 'advertisement' by transmitting it over the cable in analog format on some analog channel frequencies.)

[2] Broadcast analog (NTSC) channel frequencies and cablecast analog (NTSC) channel frequencies are not the same--cable channels are closer together. For example, with Cox (analog) cable, I can tune to around channel 30 and see cable channel 80. For some channels, the fine tuning ring on the knob on my 1985 TV allows slight adjustment to pick out the next cable channel up or down without clicking the knob to the next stop position. (To connect some old TVs, requires a cheap connector called a balun: it has an RF coax connector on one side and on the other side, two 'Y'-shaped ends on the wires to screw to the TV's antenna terminals.)

[3] I connected the cable to my (Insignia) DTV converter box and scanned for channels: 0 channels found. We do have a digital cable box on one TV in the house, so there are digital signals coming in on the coaxial cable. Our digital cable box (a Scientific Atlanta mode) is actually a computer, and it has an IP address. I believe the cable company transmits the digital signal to the digital cable box on a different frequency than over-the-air broadcast digital channel frequencies; otherwise, the DTV coverter would probably tune in to something.

[4] I asked Cox about getting a non-Cox digital receiver (rather than renting another one) for the services to which we already subscribe for use on another TV or even on a PC. The answer was that there are compatible devices available and there are no incompatibility issues known (keyword 'known').

The next question is: what will a DTV box do for an analog NTSC TV?
It will receive *digital* format signals for certain over-the-air digital frequencies and convert them to the analog (NTSC) format, and it will put that signal out as analog on the broadcast analog channel 3 frequency (or channel 4).

Things to know about for good DTV reception are: [1] signal strength and [2] the signal-to-noise ratio ('SNR'). Start with SNR: For analog TV high signal and low noise means a high SNR, and that gives a good clear picture. Low signal and/or high noise (like interference) gives a low SNR and the picture will be snowy or show the interference. Now the signal strength is also important: if you send a signal through an amplifier to make it stronger, the amplifier will also make any noise at the same frequency stronger too--it does not change the SNR much. Also, if the signal is too strong, there can be problems. As an analogy consider that it is difficult to pick out details in an overexposed film picture: likewise, it can be difficult for a tuner to pick out finer variations in an analog signal.

So, for good DTV you want a good SNR and signal strength in the right range. This means that the receiver antenna needed depends on the distance to the broadcast antenna.
If the broadcast antenna is very close, an attenuator might be needed to tone down the signal strength; If the broadcast antenna is very far, an amplifier may be needed.
The farther away the broadcast antenna is located, the better then receiver antenna must be to catch the 'airwaves'. The receiver antenna will catch the signal and whatever noise is present at the same frequencies.

A couple good website for more research are http://tvfool.com/ and http://www.antennaweb.org
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
By
jonn1
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