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The Mintek DTV-260 only has a NTSC (analog) tuner. You will need to connect your RCA antenna to a digital to analog converter box to watch TV over the air. Then connect the output of the converter box to your TV.
The common converter boxes are limited to SD output. You might be able to find an HD converter box online. (With the standard converter box, the available outputs are coaxial and composite video.) The DTV-260 has a composite video port; alternatively set the TV to channel 3 or 4 and use the coaxial (RF) input on the TV.
There may be a low-power station that still broadcasts in analog. However these are rare. You will need to switch from CATV to OTA (Air) to check for one of these stations. Analog Cable has different parameters than scanning for over the air signals.
The antena hole input in the Converter box that where said the input source said Ant.,use a antena like a digital antena,roof antena or a rabit ear antena.Hook up ur source of the antena go in that hole.The hole input said out to tv in the Converter box,use a cable that was supply to u,came with the Converter box.Use that cable plug in the Conveter box tv hole said out to tv.The other end of that cable go to ur tv Ant. hole.Now u got it all hook up.Turn ur tv to channel 3 or 4 now u got a menu from the Converter box,go down to the highlight word said scan channels,push that highlight word.Ater the scan are finish,u will now get all the free DTV channels.
I don't know where you live or what TV stations are available, but many stations have already changed to digital before the new deadline. If the TV is still in good operating condition, I would get a converter rather than purchase a new set. You can still get a coupon at: http://www.dtv.gov/getcoupon.html
On the back of your converter box and TV/VCR there are two coxial connections an (OUT) and an (IN): Step 1. Connect the coxial cable from the antenna to the (IN) connection on the back of the converter box. Step 2. Connect one end of a spare coxial cable to the (OUT) connection on the back of the convert box. Step 3. Connect the other end of the Coxial cable to the back of your TV. I hope that you find this solution helpful. Please take a moment to rate tis solution.
This set is listed as having the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner. This tuner provides reception of digital over-the-air (antenna/rabbit ears) signals and would therefore not need a converter box fir that use.
If you are trying to receive un-encrypted digital signals from cable, the ATSC tuner does no good. The set would then require a QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) tuner. I am not sure if this set has a QAM tuner or not. Even if it did not, your cable provider must provide a way for you to receive their signal and should make their converter box available to you.
Pretty much a hoax on those diverter boxes. People ran out and bought them thinking that won't have reception. I have many years in maintenance and several years in nursing homes with different tv's in every room. Not once have I needed a box to pick up channels with or without cable. I myself get 16 channels with rabbit ears and thats enough for me. And I do own a combo as well and it has simple antenna and does me just fine. Depending on your location, the old tv antennas we use to put on our houses...they work amazing! Might be able to snag one on a freecycle or craigslist site. Good luck! :)