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Hooking up converter box when i have a dvd player and direct tv

I have an external antenna for my local stations and a dvd player along with direct tv dish all hooked into my tv. How do i hook in my converter box so everything works?

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  • rstrout5 Jan 17, 2009

    We have directtv and get local channels from a rooftop antenna. We also have a vcr/dvd player hooked up to our tv. We bought a magnavox converter box but it doesn't tell us to hook it up with our situation. Please help

  • bruibj Jan 19, 2009

    I also have Direct TV and elected to get local channels via roof top antenna. I have a Magnavox converter box also. I have a Toshiba 2005 DVD/VHS player. My roof top antenna comes into my Direct TV box then out to my DVD/VHS player, and then into the TV. I placed my converter box between the Direct TV box and the DVD/VHS box. I get the digital TV OK and my screen turns green,however, now my Direct TV is very snowy and the VHS tape off the DVD/VHS player on the digital TV is also very snowy. How can I get everything to work like before?

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Hook your Insignia box between your antenna and your television. You still need the antenna.

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How to get analog channels on my Toshiba?


The problem is probably that your antenna can't pick up any of the remaining analog stations in your area. Only low-power stations are still broadcasting an analog signal. If you are using an indoor antenna, you might the signal with an outside antenna with an amplifier. (Check a site like tvfool.com to get the direction to any nearby analog station and make sure that your antenna is oriented correctly. This site or antennaweb.org will also help you orient your antenna for the digital stations in your area.)

You need a set-top digital tuner or a converter box to translate the OTA digital signals (ATSC) and translate them to the analog NTSC format. Low end converter models with only SD output are harder to find but still available. However, there are some converter boxes that have HD output as well. This one, http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?mc=03&p=3500STB&d=iView-HD-DVR-ReceiverConverter-Box-for-TV-Antenna-QAM-(3500STB)&c=Digital%20Converter%20Boxes&sku= , lets you attach an external drive (USB flash drive or hard drive) . It connects via component video or HDMI. (We've had good luck with our model with a portable (2.5") external hard drive. It replaces the SD converter box and DVD recorder.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(In my area, there is only one low-power station still broadcasting. Its transmitter is nearly 40 miles and can only be picked up with the external antenna and amplifier. If the weather is bad, we will lose that signal. Beware: an amplifier can become damaged and block the signal. The usual check for this removing the amplifier and attaching the antenna directly to the TV. For low-power stations, this test doesn't often help.)

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I am moving tomorrow and won't be able to afford cable or satellite for awhile. I have a newer model Sanyo tv. Will I need a converter box or can I hook an antenna directly into the tv to pick u


If your TV has the screw-on coaxial cable connection on the back, then you will not need a converter box. You can attach an internal or external antenna and have your TV scan for digital channels. The converter boxes are mostly for old CRT TVs with analog tuners or newer home theater "monitor" TVs which are being produced without built in tuners.

Dec 21, 2012 | Sanyo DP32746 32 in. LCD Television

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Will this tv work with an antenna or does it need a converter box?


All LCD tv's made in the last 10 years support digital tv out of the box and do not need a converter box. However if you want to pick up local stations over the air, you may need an external antenna. Otherwise if you have cable tv or other services, you can connect your service to your tv directly.
You may also want to call your service provider (if applicable) if you have issues connecting it to your tv.

Mar 25, 2011 | Sylvania 6615LE LCD HDTV

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I cannot get a signal with converter box and Philips indoor antenna


Try to manually enter the local DTV Station Channels, instead of letting the converter scan for channels. And try moving the antenna and then re-entering the DTV channel.


You should really have an external antenna that is matched to your local reception needs.


contact your local TV stations, their engineers will be more than happy to help.

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I've just hooked up my converter box. I can get most channels with decent reception. However, I can't get my NBC affiliate. I've been told that I need a new indoor directional antenna. What kind shoul


Totally depends on how far you live from the station you want. I sell antennas, converter boxes, the whole shebang at my retail store, and you're not alone in your confusion :-) My best advice to you is this:

www.antennaweb.org

If you live closer than 15 miles, rabbit ears
If you live closer than 20 miles, omnidirectional
If you live closer than 50 miles, midrange outdoor (oldschool arial w/ rotator)
Further than 80 miles, you'll need a long range with rotator, perhaps even an amplifier to go with it. Print off what your results were on antenna web and bring it to a RadioShack or a local antenna store and they should be able to point you to the right antenna for your particular location.

May 22, 2009 | Toshiba 13A25 13" TV

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Converter box


3/23/09 --- I don't understand why you would hook your converter box or antenna to your DVD Player. Converter box is only functional between an antenna and a vcr (and/or a TV). DVD Player hooks directly to TV (NOT thru a vcr, coding on dvd discs will screww up the signal and make it fade!) Good luck.

Mar 20, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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Cannot connect the coverter box


When you have your converter box hooked directly with coax to your tv, is your antenna then plugged into your converter box in the "antenna in" port? What do you mean by it doesn't work? Does it say no signal? If so, you just need a stronger antenna. If not, you may have a defective box, bring it back to the place you got it and see if they can help.

Dec 27, 2008 | Symphonic ST420FF 20" TV

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Tv/digital converter box & vcr-dvd hook-up


I have a vhs and dvd player all in one
I have a converter box hooked up to my tv and vcr , dvd player combined
I can play my movies on the tv. ok.
you have to have your tv and vcr set on channel 3. if that is what your main tv is set up with. Or 4 if you have your tv set up with that.
Mine plays ok. My settings are for channel 3
My suggestion would be to check your hook ups. maybe they are not hooked up correctly
I had to go to www.google.com and did searches to help with hook up.
I can also record station I am watching with vcr on vsh tapes. I do not have a dvd recorder.
I found out that you have to have 2 converter boxes hooked to one tv., in order to record on on station while watching another. I have not tried that, as I don't have 2 converter boxes for one tv. I found that by doing google search also. Good Luck

Dec 04, 2008 | Televison & Video

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How to connect my dvd & vcr with the converter box


Here is my setup.
1) Separate DVD player 2) Separate VCR 3) Digital to Analog Converter box 4) Analog TV 5) Rabbit ears (UHF/VHF) antenna
The antenna goes into the converter box.   The RF-output of the converter goes into the RF-Input of the VCR The DVD output goes into the front input jacks of the VCR The VCR RF-output goes into the TV RF-Input The VCR Line output goes into the front of the TV
To watch DVDs, we turn on the DVD player, turn on the VCR, and set the VCR channel to L2, and tune the TV to channel 3.  The converter is off.
To auto record on the VCR, the converter must be tuned to the station being recorded.  The converted must be turned on, the TV can be off. 
To watch VCR tapes, turn the TV and VCR on.  The TV is set to channel 3.  Just press play on the VCR.
To Watch TV.   Turn the TV and converter on.  The TV is set to channel 3.   Change the stations using the converter.  

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TV Converter Box


Yes, you will need one if you watch any TV from an antenna. If you use satelite or cable to get your local TV stations, then you are good.

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