RCA Digital TV Converter Box, DTA800
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|Manufacturer Part Number:||DTA800|
|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|
|Product Accessories Included:||Remote control|
|Features:||Digital to analog conversion with pass through|
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- 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 Pat27/28/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 dl734/22/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- Yes you do. In addition to the dtv converter box, you will also need your TV antenna.by Paragould2/7/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 opuiohrgp8oyn2/7/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 customer10/16/2015Was this answer helpful? (2) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 dl734/22/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 njsmartie2/9/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- no you don't have to buy a new antenna just connet it to the converter box.by mcshoppy1/25/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 scottls21/25/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 customer4/30/2009Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 luckby Rutroh12/11/2008Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 customer12/9/2008Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?
- 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 LapDRx12/8/2008Was this answer helpful? (0) (0)Was this answer helpful?