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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, 4 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 months ago
By
DeEdra
Question

wher do I find remote codes for a Philips TV

asked 6 years, 2 months ago
By
Dennis1964
 - Mid MO
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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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 6 years, 2 months ago
By
Madeleine1936
 - NY
Question

I havea 1992 Tv, how do I connect the converter?

asked 6 years, 3 months ago
By
GoldenLady
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
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, 3 months ago
By
DeEdra
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 6 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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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 6 years, 1 month ago
By
cheflarry
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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 6 years, 2 months ago
By
dkley
 - Minnesota
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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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 6 years ago
By
oaktownlady
 - Las Vegas, NV
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will i have to add money to my converter coupons?

will i have to add money to the converter coupons?i ,m trying to get ready for the transition thats comming.my coupons are worth $40 each.
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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bring your coupon to the Wal-Mart store at time of purchase. The $40 will be instantly deducted from the price of the converter box (it currently sells for under $50), thus your out-of-pocket expense would be under $10.
In other words, you'll pay under $10, rather than paying full price, then getting refund of $40.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
By
solas
 - Indianapolis
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Use with battery TV

We go camping & use a battery TV, will this still work
asked 6 years, 3 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, 3 months ago
By
1Helper
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Do I need a antenna in addition to a converter box

asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
fueltankmaker
 - on my TV
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
Yes you do need an antenna. It depends on you location in relation to the broadcast towers as to whether an indoor antenna will work or if an outdoor ariel is needed. I did have to install an outdoor ariel with 2 signal amplifiers in my area, but less than 10 miles from me, there are people who are unable to get any digital signal at all.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
By
dl73
 - ks
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how do i get additional remote program codes for a zenith/vhs combo tv?

asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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answer 1
You can call RCA at 1-800-252-6123
They will give you the codes and can email the manual.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
By
Kyle94
 - Tennessee
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