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HDTV converter box only brings in 3 channels

My 2 perfectly good TVs bring in 9 channels with a stationary antenna in my attic. With the converter box I get 3 channels. Tried hooking box up 3 times, once on TV with DVD, VCR hooked up, twice with just the TV. I really can not afford one, even less two, new TVs. The digital flat antenna I purchased still only gives me 3 channels. Cable TV is just another bill added to my increasing load of bills. What are my options?

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  • bowincle Dec 08, 2008

    Totally agree. I was happy with my few channels I was getting before. Yes, with the new box they do come in much clearer but, that is if I can actualy get the picture to not skip in and out and tolerate the sound of only partial sentences being heard. Is there a way to get these new gadgets to actually work?

  • bbremodeling Dec 30, 2008

    Yes we have the same problem. Hooking up the HD converter box gives us a weak signal and less channels. Please contact with a solution.



    Thanks

  • liljayman Jan 18, 2009

    I have the same probem. The channels do come in clearer, however there are fewer of them. It's very frustrating. On Feb. 17th, will we get more channels, or is this how it's going to be for now in?? Someone please help!

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    i only receive 3 channels fox, kcoy,and cw.

  • jkj5 Mar 09, 2009

    I cant get but one channel out the five i was receiving. very frustrating

  • johnriddell Apr 27, 2009

    All I get are the Jesus Channels and I have tried 3 different antenna I have to idea what to do I this this DTV is a bunch of ****

  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    I dont get but 3 channels and I bought 2 converter boxes thinking i would save money. People that live only 5 miles away get 19 channels in all. What can i do to get that type of service. DTV is FRustrating so far.

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We have a pretty good signal when we use the antenna but when we hook up the converter box we get no channel weak signal no channels we have a amplipher on it it does not help .

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