RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800

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  • This box receives over-the-air digital TV broadcasts for viewing on a TV that does not have a built-in digital (ATSC) tuner
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  • This box receives over-the-air digital TV broadcasts for viewing on a TV that does not have a built-in digital (ATSC) tuner

    Technical Information
    Functions
  • TV Tuning
  • Digital TV Receiver
  • Signal Conversion

  • Video System
  • ATSC

  • Video Features
  • All channel Tuner 2- 69
  • Display all DTV formats
  • Display all multicast channels
  • Display program information (PSIP)
  • Closed-captioning for the hearing impaired


  • Interfaces/Ports
    Interfaces/Ports
  • RF Input F connector
  • RF Output
  • 3 x RCA Output

  • Physical Characteristics
    Form Factor
  • External

  • Miscellaneous
    Additional Information
  • Basic remote control
  • Basic energy saving standards
  • Digital parental control


  • *Prices may vary with tax. Converter boxes available while supplies last.

  • Specifications

    Form Factor: External
    Manufacturer Part Number: DTA800
    Lockable: Y
    Connector Type: RF input ( F connector ) - rear RF output ( F connector ) - rear Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - rear
    Primary Shelf ID: 1106406
    Model: DTA800
    Product Accessories Included: Remote control
    Brand: RCA
    Features: Digital to analog conversion with pass through
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    11/29/2008

    Customer review by An anonymous customer

    5.0 stars 11/29/2008 by An anonymous customer
    by An anonymous customer

    Ok, here's the scoop.. When I bought this and brought it home I just hooked it straight up to my standard rabit ears and got 8 channels at about 30% but it was so clear it was like having cable and no snow. These were the same 8 channels I originally got, which after typing "full-power broadcast television stations" into a search engine I found a list of stations currently broadcasting in DTV and it said there were only 8 in my area, so I didn't feel bad, but I wanted more. I had a large herring bone antenna on the outside of my house, so I hooked into it and really saw no difference, I then read online about a small hdtv antenna that made the world of difference, it is sold at Walmart it is the (Philips MANT940 Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna) and Walmart sells it cheaper than the compettitors. I brought it home and hooked it up in combination and It increased my signal to 80% and I now get 11 dtv channels dispite the fact that there are only 8 in my area. This box brings in the best clarity yet, and I am excited to see more. Do a scan for new channels regularly as there are more stations switching over between now and February.

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    An anonymous customer
    Lancaster, OH
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    Magnavox vs. RCA
    5/24/2008

    Customer review by donmck

    5.0 stars 5/24/2008 by donmck
    by donmck

    I bought two different brands - Magnavox & RCA . I read conflicting reviews and wanted to see for myself which I preferred. Despite having to return a defective RCA, it turned out to be my preference. The RCA remote is designed so you can control your TV set as well, a function completely missing on the Magnavox. The RCA is smaller and lighter weight (a factor that mislead me to initially think the Magnavox must be "better"). The RCA is designed to lay flat or stand on end, and it has a very usable guide for signal strength that can help you position your antenna for maximum reception. I am also inclined to believe the RCA has a stronger tuner because in my area (Los Angeles) Channel 11 is weak. The Magnavox shows "no signal" at all, but the RCA does bring it in even though it is weak and breaks up.

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    donmck
    San Fernando Valley
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:65 or older
    Ownership:1 week or less
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
    needs more work,not enough planning
    12/18/2008

    Customer review by willycat

    3.0 stars 12/18/2008 by willycat
    by willycat

    Got the coupon bought the Magnavox.Only one Walmart had.Really easy setup.Before I hooked up the box,got 10 stations,7 were clear.After the box was hooked up,got 4 stations.They were as clear as HD satellite tv.But could not pick up anything else.Made phone calls.Was told too get a better antenna,signal was not strong enough.Purchased a $70 better and stronger antenna.Picked up one more station,total of 5.Took box off,hooked up $70 antenna I purchased,now all 10 stations are clear,and picked up 3 more,which are not very clear.I guess I will have great reception on 10 to 13 stations until Feb 2009.After that,maybe 4 to 5 stations.Guess will have too add another reciever on the dish too get tv in my garage.At least I don't have much money in the box.I don't think there was enough research and planning that went into this dtv converter box deal.Or maybe the box are not setup right too recieve these signals.As they say,something new always takes time too perfect.I just hope it doesn't take 20 years.

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    willycat
    kentucky
    Would recommend to a friend? No
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every few days
    AWESOME!!
    3/22/2008

    Customer review by FuzzyMonkey

    5.0 stars 3/22/2008 by FuzzyMonkey
    by FuzzyMonkey

    We got our $40 coupons in the mail and headed straight to walmart. Online walmart said the magnavox was available in stores but the rca model was not (and it isn't availalbe online either). We really wanted the rca model, but decided the other would be ok. To our suprise, our Walmart ONLY had the RCA model. We were anxious to get it home. We hooked it up and nothing. I tried my best to find troubleshooting info online. No luck. Then I read someone's review that told me what to do. I had the "no signal" box on my screen. I then pressed the menu button and continued the set up. WOW!! Every channel is perfectly clear!! We used to get in only about six channels. Now we have about 19 of them.

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    FuzzyMonkey
    hammond, wi
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:1 week or less
    Gender:Female
    Usage:Every day
    Definitely worth the $
    3/28/2008

    Customer review by chiefsfam

    4.0 stars 3/28/2008 by chiefsfam
    by chiefsfam

    Definitely worth the money if you use your government coupon! Big improvement in picture and sound quality with a digital signal! My favorite feature is being able to see the name of the program, how long it lasts, rating, program description, current time, and station name...it's like having those features of digital cable...but for free! We even picked up 3 additional digital channels that we didn't have before! I only have a couple of suggested improvements- there is a slight delay (black screen) when changing channels, and it takes a second or so for the program description/information to display....until then it says "No Title". Remote control is simple and easy to use.....but wish it had VCR controls. Signal strength seems fine, and I live 50 miles from most transmitters. Easy to set up. One thing to be aware of....if you have a VCR, this unit can send a digital signal to both your TV and VCR (if connected correctly), but since it's a single tuner, you can't record a show and watch a different one at the same time....because you have only 1 digital tuner. To get around that, I used a splitter ("Y") coming out of the wall's antenna cable. One cable goes to the converter box (to view digital TV) and one cable goes to the VCR. Set up this way, the VCR uses its tuner and still only gets an analog signal...but at least we can watch TV (digital) while recording another show on the VCR (analog). I guess I'll just wait until Feb. '09 to replace my VCR with a digital recorder with a built-in digital tuner. This is a simple converter box, but for $10 after the coupon, I can't expect a ton of features. I would definitely purchase this converter box again.

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    chiefsfam
    Southcentral Kansas
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:1 week or less
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Every day
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    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!
    by Springlee 2/1/2009
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    • A. 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$
      by Pat27/28/2009
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    • A. 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!
      by dl734/22/2009
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    • A. Yes you do. In addition to the dtv converter box, you will also need your TV antenna.
      by Paragould2/7/2009
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    • A. 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.
      by opuiohrgp8oyn2/7/2009
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    • A. 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.
      by An anonymous customer10/16/2015
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    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?
    by an anonymous customer 1/24/2009
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    • A. 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.
      by dl734/22/2009
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    • A. 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.
      by njsmartie2/9/2009
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    • A. no you don't have to buy a new antenna just connet it to the converter box.
      by mcshoppy1/25/2009
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    • A. 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.
      by scottls21/25/2009
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    I am on cable TV right now but am canceling it because they charge too much money, but I have old TVs so I know I would need a converter box. But what I don't understand is: Do I have to run out and buy antennas for every TV now too? Can the converter box be used as an antenna?
    by Janice746 12/7/2008
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    • A. No, the converter box by it self cannot be used as an antenna because it does not contain a built in antenna. This is because the box has the 75-Ohm type screw on connectors which are shielded both on the outside and inside of the converter box itself to prevent interferrence from other digital devices like DVD players, CD players, etc... As far as you having to run out and buy antennas is concerned, that depends on wheter or not you want to use an indoor antenna or an outdoor antenna. If you use an indoor antenna, then yes you will need to run out and buy antennas for every TV, but if you install an outdoor antenna, you will only have to buy one outdoor antenna. The way this works is like this; because you currently have coaxial cable wire installed in your home by the cable company to each tv, each coaxial cable runs back from each tv to the outside of your house and back to a splitter and a ground block, which the cable company installes on the outside of your house to prevent electrical shocks from running in on your tvs. This is also your service point for all of your tvs. The cable company will disconnect your service from the telephone pole and they will leave both the ground block and the splitter still attached to your house. They do it this way because it would be too time consuming for them to pull the wires, splitter, and ground block from your home. After the cable company disconnects your cable service, all you have to do is locate the ground block and splitter on the outside of your house or service point where all of your coaxial cables join at the splitter. It is typically a grey box on the outside of your house and it will sometimes have the cable company's name on it. You then simply unscrew the cable companies' line from the ground block or spitter and then screw in the line coming from you outside antenna into it instead, and then you hook up all of your converter boxes to the coaxial cable that you currently have installed in each room that the cable company left behind. Using an outdoor antenna has 2 advantages; one because you only have to buy one antenna for all sets and two because of it being outside, you don't have to worry about the digital tv signals being blocked by the brick or aluminum siding that surrounds your house.
      by An anonymous customer4/30/2009
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    • A. There is no such thing as a "digital antenna". they are all the same. reception can be different due to your location weather you live in a free standing house or an apartment. There are many surprisingly good instructional videos on youtube on how to make your own antenna. good luck
      by Rutroh12/11/2008
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    • A. You are going to need a converter box for each of your TVs. You do not have to get antenna add ons for each TV, but you may get better reception if you do. When purchasing an antenna, you may want to get the antennas specifically designed for DTV.
      by An anonymous customer12/9/2008
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    • A. I had bought a 13" tube digital TV from RCA. It came with just an everyday set of rabbit ears and she works great. There are better antennas out there that could work better, but mine work fine. I do have to say tho, that weather plays a big factor in DTV signals. I live about 45 minutes from the city and Analog during storms work better than digital. Take that into consideration when you go Digital please.
      by LapDRx12/8/2008
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