RCA Digital Converter Box with DVR Recording

RCA Digital Converter Box with DVR Recording

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  • Converts digital broadcasts to your analog TV
  • Cable loop through
  • Electronic program guide and program information
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    Easily convert free digital broadcasts to your analog TV with this RCA Digital Converter Box With DVR Recording. Just attach an antenna and then connect it to your analog or digital television for easy hookup. Connect an external USB drive (sold separately) to this digital TV converter box in order to record and playback TV broadcasts. Use the included remote to adjust channels and volume. Be mindful of what your children view with the RCA Digital Converter Box With DVR Recording's built-in parental control function. It allows you to schedule a single or a series of repeat recordings and it also includes an electronic program guide and an auto tune function. This RCA converter box comes with an AC power adapter plus A/V cables for your convenience. Now you can watch shows and movies in crisp digital quality on your aging analog TV.

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    Easily convert free digital broadcasts to your analog TV with this RCA Digital Converter Box With DVR Recording. Just attach an antenna and then connect it to your analog or digital television for easy hookup. Connect an external USB drive (sold separately) to this digital TV converter box in order to record and playback TV broadcasts. Use the included remote to adjust channels and volume. Be mindful of what your children view with the RCA Digital Converter Box With DVR Recording's built-in parental control function. It allows you to schedule a single or a series of repeat recordings and it also includes an electronic program guide and an auto tune function. This RCA converter box comes with an AC power adapter plus A/V cables for your convenience. Now you can watch shows and movies in crisp digital quality on your aging analog TV.


    RCA Digital Converter Box with DVR Recording:

    • Converts digital broadcasts to your analog TV
    • Cable loop through
    • Electronic program guide and program information
    • Recording DVR function
    • Schedule single or repeat recordings
    • Parental control function
    • HD digital converter box has auto tuning

    Specifications

    Manufacturer Part Number: DTA880
    Contained Battery Type: Lithium Ion
    Model: DTA880
    Brand: RCA
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    Walmart had a good price on the PNY flash drives so I bought some. Will they work well with recording on them? they are 2.0
    by jtxl 12/1/2015
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    • A. I used a SanDisk 64 gb CRUZER 2.0/3.0 compatible. Works perfect with perfect clarity at 1080i. Check the signal strength using the INFO Button (twice). If you have less than 70% signal, move your antenna. The choppiness people describe is most likely channel fade. My SanDisk cost 14.99 and works great!
      by StarshipTrooper10/4/2016
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    • A. According to comments from a YouTube video review if you format the USB flash drive using NTFS there are no time limitations on your files. It also states that even though RCA recommends USB 3.0 a good quality USB 2.0 will work if its 480 Mbps or faster. USB 3.0 may be needed for 1080i transmissions.
      by 1GalsOpinion9/28/2016
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    • A. I just started using this. I had a 3.0 PYN brand turbo thumb drive. When I tried to record a High Def channel like CBS it would have "skips" in the video you could see during playback. There would be about 1 second of info missing about every 30 seconds or so. I read on an online forum to ditch the thumb drive and use a usb hard drive, because the thumb drives are not meant for this purpose. So I bought a 1TB Seagate for $60 at Best Buy and now it works perfectly. No more "skipping". So save yourself time and money and just buy the hard drive to start with. Plus with 1TB of storage you can record hours and hours of content. Bye bye cable company!
      by Custom1tv9/20/2016
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    • A. I purchased the DTA880 in the Walmart store and am using a 16GB PNY flash drive to record. The PNY is labeled compatible with XP, 2000, Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS 8.6 and better. My PNY flash drive is a USB 2.0 drive. I've had no issues and am happy to be cable free.
      by QueenVA9/12/2016
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    • A. Yes!....But a sandisk 3.0 flash drive is best!
      by 284510/21/2016
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    If I record Over-The-Air TV shows to an external hard-drive hooked-up to the RCA box, how to I access the saved files to select and play them ?
    by DaleOB 8/27/2015
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    • A. According to comments from a YouTube video review if you format the USB flash drive using NTFS there are no time limitations on your files.
      by 1GalsOpinion9/9/2016
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    • A. I just bought this and did quick recording without looking for any options (i.e. default). The Video Format is *.mts I have never heard if this but VLC Media Player plays it fine (Windows XP Media Player doesn't). Finally, I plugged USB Flash Drive into my Samsung HDTV and it played perfectly -- so I am happy. Now I just need to figure out out to schedule recordings
      by Cheeezhed10/3/2016
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    • A. USB plugs into side. in menu The last box on the top has a picture of a USB stick. scroll to this and hit OK then scroll down and hit OK on the show you want to watch.. u tube has videos if you need help. they will walk you through the process.
      by jmd229/20/2016
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    • A. Well, I am trying to find out the protocol, also! Manuel said DVR. WILL IT PLAYBACK ON ANDROID DEVICES!
      by RUBICON9/12/2016
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    can you fast forward whats recorded
    by ec 8/25/2015
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    • A. The amount of space used when it records is dependent on the input signal's pixel count per video frame. For me a 1920 x 1080 pixel HD signal uses about 4GB per hour. I have seen the 8GB per hour mentioned, but I have not seen that in practice. SD signals use a lot less space. I would recommend formatting your external USB drive and USB flash drive using NTFS. The DTA880 converter box only knows how to read and write FAT32 and NTFS disks. If you use Fat32 and your video file exceeds 2GB, the recorded output file will be split into multiple parts/files. This is not a problem if you just play them back on the converter box. However, if you plug the USB drive into your computer, video player software may not be able to handle those split files. The VLC media player doesn't, for example. It will only play the first 2GB part.
      by David9/9/2016
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    • A. According to comments from a YouTube video review if you format the USB flash drive using NTFS there are no time limitations on your files. The actual record time vs. file size is given on the RCA website.
      by 1GalsOpinion7/28/2016
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    • A. I use a 64 GB USB, One hour of program is about 8GB. So far I have no problems recording Two or Three hour programs. The manual says you can use a external hard drive. Just do the math. As fast forwarding is just like my DVD Player. You can fast forwarding, stop or pause. Hope help.
      by SouthBayGeek8/31/2016
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    • A. The RCA Digital Converter Box with DVR Recording itself does not record. IT requires a USB external drive sold separate.
      by CommunityAnswer10/24/2016
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    Customer Reviews | 98 reviews | 3.5 out of 5

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    10/14/2016

    Customer review by Shanna

    5.0 stars 10/14/2016 by Shanna
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    The unit is very easy to set up and use and its worth the price, better than being over charged by cable companies.

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    Hey Shanna,<br /><br />Glad to hear you are enjoying the converter box!

    Shanna
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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    RCA Digital Tuner / DVR box
    5/15/2016

    Customer review by TeeKaye

    5.0 stars 5/15/2016 by TeeKaye
    by TeeKaye

    Purchased online about a week ago.. Very pleased & satisfied.! So many features & will try to make this brief touching on some key functions.. Unit is compact & solidly built.. Uses a 12v DC power adapter from wall.. NO obnoxious lights or distractions on the face of unit., just 2 tiny red & green leds in left corner.. All info is shown on-screen.. The channel scan (am using an amplified indoor window antenna) is very quick & has a signal strength meter.. Much quicker then the tuner in my Magnavox 32" led tv.. Tunes the same 44 channels the tv does.. I notice signal strength is a tad stronger thru the RCA Tuner compared to tv tuner.. Channel guide & program listing/descriptions are shown (IF the broadcasting station is transmitting one).. Main menu is easy to access & use for various tuner/dvr settings using remote.. Is HD & Dolby stereo reception.. SAP & CC as well.. All menu., settings & channel info are clearly seen on the tv screen.. Easy on the eyes.. I mainly purchased for the DVR function since VCRs can't be used these days w/new digital signals.. It uses a USB Flash Stick inserted on right side of box for recording.. Memory stick can be formatted right from the dvr.. The on-screen schedule is very straight-forward.. No bells or whistles., basic & clear setup like a vcr.. Once & daily recording.. FFWD & REW up to 32x speed buzzes right thru commercials.. Playback is just as if watching it live.! Remote is nicely laid out & labeled BUT it is so small.. Is only drawback & con of the unit.. Channel recall., faves., mute., volume., play., record., menu etc etc.. Uses a round lithium battery., included.. Also included are RCA cables to hook box to tv.. Instructions are decent.. THO the print is very small.. Eyes not the best will need a magnify glass of some sort as I did.. 2 things I do recommend.. Using the HDMI port from box to tv if possible.. The RCA cables do well but found at times the audio was just slightly off from the screen for some programs.. HDMI cable connection cured that issue & even brings out the video more crisper.. It has standard coax in/out connections but I do not use.. Also., invest in a good brand USB 3.0 memory stick (tho USB 2.0 can be used).. The 3.0 increases read/write speeds greatly over standard USB 2.0.. More fluent video & audio using USB 3,0 (formatted NTFS).. The amount that can be recorded depends on the size of memory stick.. For easy math you can figure from this., an hour program (60min) uses 1.985gig.. I purchased along w/the RCA Tuner/DVR a Centon Essential 128gig USB 3.0 stick.. 34$ thru Walmart.. I recently reviewed it & gave it 5-stars.. Works gr8.! Overall., once again I state that am very pleased & satisfied w/this purchase.. Tv viewing is a passion & the investment is well worth it.. For hopefully many many years of use.. I HIGHLY recommend this to others looking for a inexpensive but very well made tuner/dvr.. RCA has done good w/this item.!! ~Tee

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    Comment from - 7/8/2016

    Hey TeeKaye, <br /><br />Glad to hear you are enjoying the unit!

    TeeKaye
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Good box, poor remote
    7/18/2016

    Customer review by wolfpaw

    3.0 stars 7/18/2016 by wolfpaw
    by wolfpaw

    This converter has a very sensitive receiver that will pick up over the air channels that my Samsung TV cannot pick up. It works very well. The deal killer for me is the remote control, it seems to have been an afterthought. It is way too small, I need reading glasses and bright light to see any of the functions on it and with 40 buttons in such a small space, it is difficult to operate without 'fat fingering' or pushing the wrong button. The remote uses a coin size battery. The original battery included with the remote was weak and caused the it to malfunction constantly so do yourself a favor if you do get one of these boxes, buy a new 2025 battery before you leave the store and toss the original in the trash. Considering that the remote control is the part you will be handling, using and looking at most of the time, RCA should have designed a bigger and easier to use remote for this otherwise good converter. If not for the crummy remote, I would give this 5 stars.

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    Would recommend to a friend? No
    Poor man's TIVO
    5/28/2016

    Customer review by jhllmllr

    5.0 stars 5/28/2016 by jhllmllr
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    I have an HDTV with a rooftop antenna installed in the attic of my house. I was facing the problem of wanting to view two TV programs which aired at the same time on different stations. I bought this box so I could record one program while I viewed the other. I ran the main antenna cable to a splitter, then ran a cable from the splitter to the TV and another cable from the splitter to the box. I connected the red, white, and yellow cables from the back of the box to the TV Aux input. I connected a hard drive unit via USB cable into the box. This allows me to receive stations on the TV and Aux. inputs at the same time and record whatever comes in through the box and Aux input. Actually, I am able to receive several more stations through the box than I can directly on the TV and the reception is more stable - one station had scrambled reception on the TV while it was clear and stable through the box. I can fast forward recorded programs to bypass the commercials, too. It's great!

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    Comment from - 7/8/2016

    Hey Jhllmllr, <br /><br />Glad to hear you are enjoying the unit!

    jhllmllr
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Nice Unit. Great Price.
    9/2/2016

    Customer review by StarshipTrooper

    5.0 stars 9/2/2016 by StarshipTrooper
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    I live about 20 miles from the nearest TV station. The amplifier really pulls in the channels. I now get 13 channels, only 9 before adding this unit. You need to buy a USB thumb drive to capture your recordings. The picture quality is amazing on the DVR Playback. It uses 4gb per half hour so you need a big thumb drive if you want to record a bunch. I use a 64 GB drive and erase stuff I don't want. Now the really cool part is you can pull the thumb drive out and play your video on any device with a USB port! There is one negative but not enough to drop from 5 stars. The remote control is serviceable, it works, but is really tiny with tiny buttons. I tried to program a universal RCA remote to no avail. You are stuck with this one for your DVRing. Set-up takes only minutes. If you don't feel like reading the instructions there are two RCA videos on YOUTUBE that walk you through set up and programming.

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    Comment from - 11/30/2016

    Hey StarshipTrooper,<br /><br />Glad to hear you are enjoying the converter box!

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    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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