How to get DTV box to wk without a cable leading to Antenna!!!!
My daughter has a TV (the kind with the built in VHS) and it is fairly new about 3 years old, but we do not have a "cable" that you would plug into the back to receive antenna signals. I basically used it in her play room just for the VHS and attached a portable DVD player for her movies since there is no cable ready cords or anything in that room but now I find out my Digital Converter Box won't work without this! What can we do. I have been told a lot of people are screwed because many many houses do not automatically have this cable coming out of their wall (unless you have satellite or cable installed or your house is newer). I don't know how to remedy this....is it not going to work on that TV at all? Also, since her TV was bought in 2004 or 2005 is it possible it is digital ready and we won't need that converter box?
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best case sanario in 1/2 hour it will be done downloading it all again. too impatient to wait?
1) turn everything on as if it was working.
2) press power to turn off the cable box only (leave the tv on) and begin pressing ok or select over and over right away. may take a couple tries
3) you see a white screen with black text? select OOB and see if it says good or at least fair
4) select inband and see if it says good or atleast fair
5) if both good or fair wait; else make certain all cables are tight then check again
6) if they are NA or poor or anything of the sort call your cable operator
LCD TV refers to the substance that creates the picture quality (it would be either LCD or Plasma or Tube) and HD refers to a crisp clear picture that can be attained. So your TV is an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TV that is capable of receiving and displaying HD (High Definition) Picture.
What you need to check for is whether the TV has a built-in Tuner. This will either be SD (standard definition) TV Tuner or an HD TV Tuner. The box it came in will tell you or you may still have stickers on your TV.
If it has a built-in SD tuner you will be able to pick up HD channels but in a lower quality. In this case you will only need to plug the TV into a Wall-socket antenna or rabbit-ear antenna.
If it has a built-in HD Tuner you will be able to pick up HD Channels in full HD quaility picture. Simply by plugging the TV into a Wall-socket antenna or rabbit-ear antenna.
If your TV does NOT have a built-in TV-Tuner then this TV is clasified as "HD Ready". Which means that you have to purchase a Set Top Box (STB). you can get either HD or SD set top boxes. In this instance you will plug the cable from the wall socket into the STB then from the STB into the TV using either an HDMI cable (as long as your TV has an HDMI input) or through RCA cables which will be coloured Green, Blue and Red (i think red)
By the Way - best picture quality is from a wall-socket antenna. HDMI = High Definition Multimedia Interface STB = Set Top Box High Definiton RCA cables will also be refered to as YPbPr/YCbCr (depending on equipment) LCD = Liquid Crystal Display (the method used to make the picture on your TV screen)
You will not be able to record local station from a DTV converter connected thru a directv receiver unless there is a a/v input on the directv samsung receiver. Also check the user manual for this receiver if recording from an external source such as a DTV converter box is possible. The answer to seperating the DTV converter box from the directv samsung receiver is possible if your tv has multiple inputs. Try connecting the DTV box to the RF input and the directv samsung box to an a/v input then change inputs using the tv remote. you will need an av cable (yellow/ red/white) for the directv box and a rf jumper cable for the DTV box.
If there is a volume control on the remote that came with the converter box, use it to make sure the box volume is set to its maximum. Many models allow you to control the volume out from the box to the TV, and the levels are set about halfway. When you turn up the volume on the TV cause it's too low, you can get the kind of audio problem you describe. Make sure you turn the volume down on the TV first before starting with the box.
You likely need to select channel three or four on the TV itself if you have any kind of box between you and the signal source (cable, antenna, satellite).
Magnavox is a name owned previously by Philips and now by Funai.
They may not have all the info from Magnavox and Philips but you could check their website to see if they have the instruction manual for download.
Look under 'Support'