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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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CONCERNS DTV BOX

CAN YOU USE CONVERTER WITH JUST RABBIT EARS AS ANTENNA? OR DOES IT REQUIRE ANTEENA ON THE HOUSE ITRIED ACRAIG IT WOULDNT DO ANYTHING
asked 5 years ago
By
MOUSSEE
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
yes you can use rabbit ears. i also have problems with reception i can only get reception in two rooms of the house. you might try an outdoor antenna sorry hope this helps
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
By
lovewallyworld106
 - knoxville,tn
Question

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 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 ago
By
jonn1
Question

WHY DOES MY RCA CONVERTER BOX (MODEL # DTA800B1) GO TO STANDBY THEN TURN ITSELF OFF EVERYTIME I TRY TO SET IT UP.

asked 5 years, 4 months ago
By
fatika
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
These come with an automatic shutoff that turns them off after so many hours. This option is accessible through the box's menu, if that still doesn't work, contact RCA.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
By
Kyle94
Question

The volume on my converter or tv just stopped working.

We still get the volume to work when we watch dvds, but can't hear anything when we watch tv shows. Why is this happening? By the way, we have an RCA Tv and box.
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
By
plkmc
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
Make sure all of your cables are connected from the box to the tv. If that doesn't work, contact RCA.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
By
Kyle94
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No longer have cable, but have digital ready tv does box work

asked 5 years, 3 months ago
By
gmr950
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
If you indeed have a "digital ready" tv set, then you do not need a converter box, you just need an antenna.
answered 5 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, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Greenfield Indiana
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
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, 1 month ago
By
Kyle94
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how do you program remote for your tv

asked 5 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
The manual with the box comes with codes which you enter into the remote, maybe taking 30 seconds to do so, and thats it. If you lose your codes, you can contact RCA.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
By
Kyle94
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Do I have to have an antenna before this will work with my TV?

asked 5 years, 2 months ago
By
Mcp3144
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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answer 1
Yes All converter boxes require an antenna. It will not function and will state no signal; hence you will not see any channels
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
By
constantine
 - goldsboro, nc
Question

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, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Southern California
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
1 answer
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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, 2 months ago
By
ahlbruce11938
 - portland, or
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Do you need rabbit ears in addition to the converter box?

Hi. I was wondering if anyone knows if you will also need rabbit ears in addition to the converter box? I had to get cable when I moved over the summer because I could not get any channels at all with the rabbit ears. I want to cancel my cable service to save some money, but want to at least be able to get the basic channels. Thanks!
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
By
Springlee
 - Frederick, MD
on RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
5 answers
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answer 1
You do have to have some kind of antenna. If you could not pick up any channels with rabbit ears, than you would have to have at the very least an amplified antenna. have a friend bring one over to try it. if you can pick up stations with it, Then I suggest getting the best Amplified Outdoor antenna you can get, and get rid of monthly cable fees$
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
Pat2
answer 2
If you were not able to get analog channels with your tv, you most likely will not get digital with rabbit ears either. I was receiving analog signal with rabbit ears, but in order to get digital signal, I had to put up an outdoor antenna and hook up 2 signal amplifiers to it!
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
By
dl73
 - ks
answer 3
Yes you do. In addition to the dtv converter box, you will also need your TV antenna.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
By
Paragould
answer 4
You need Some kind of antenna, "Rabbit Ears" or Roof Mount make sure it has both UHF and VHF though. New " Digital " antennas are out, so if you don't have any antenna you might look at getting one of those.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
By
opuiohrgp8oyn
answer 5
Yes, you will need some type of antenna to plug into the converter box. I was under the impression an antenna was not needed, but it is. Though my cheapy antenna works GREAT with this converter box. You can also use a paperclip (metal not plastic), instead of an antenna. I know it sounds crazy, but it really does work lol.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Oklahoma City
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