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I have lost some cable channels. I have a 2003 model panasonic tv with surround sound.Do I need a converter box?

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Try to access the "menu" of your TV screen and select " tuning mode" and click "auto program" and see if you can gain the channels that your looking for.

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Twelve channels may be all the cable carries. You probably could receive more channels over the air, possibly using a digital converter box.

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I am attaching a digital set top box to this TV Model C21F200 and have a video/dvd player to attach as well. I can't seem to get both working. Can I tune the video to the TV with the set top box attached?


If your TV has AV inputs available, you can connect the video player there and switch to that input to watch it. I don't think your model does, though; I think it has only an antenna input connector. This means your set-top box will connect there but you have no place to connect the video player. In fact, most new video players only have AV outputs, and don't have an RF (radio frequency - a channel 3 or 4 TV signal) output connector, and you'd have problems connecting it anyway.

All is not lost, although you'll need some extra parts to hook everything up. I'm assuming the set-top box (STB) is going to your TV on channel 3 or 4, using a cable from the box to the TV antenna connector. If your video player does indeed have an RF output, the simple thing to do is get a splitter. They look like this:

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Normally, a splitter is used to break one input signal (into the single connector) into two outputs (the connectors on the other side). But you can also use one backwards to combine two sources. So you can connect the RF cable from the STB to one output jack, connect the video player RF cable to the other, and connect the "input" side of the splitter to your TV antenna jack. If your STB is set for channel 3 output, set the video player for channel 4 so they won't interfere. Then you can tune the TV to channel 3 for TV signals from your STB, and to channel 4 for videos. I know, it sounds confusing.

If your video player doesn't have RF output, but just video and audio outputs, you need an RF converter. This device takes the AV output from the player and generates a channel 3 or 4 RF signal the TV can tune in. A typical converter looks like this:

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Connect the AV outputs from the player to the jacks on the converter. The output cable from the STB will go to one of the round antenna connectors on the right, and the cable from the other one goes to your TV. When you aren't playing a DVD or tape, the converter passes the signal from the STB through to the TV. When you turn on the video player, the converter switches and you'll see the picture from the player. Most converters switch automatically, but on some you might have to flip a switch. RF converters are available from retailers who sell TVs or online.

I'm sorry if this seems unnecessarily complicated, but most TV sets today have plenty of inputs for all these things, and usually you just plug in the connecting cables and go. But with older sets or sets that don't offer the inputs, you need to go through these shenanigans. But once you have the parts hooked up, it's not too bad.

Hope this helps, and thanks for using Fixya!

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Cannot find channel 3 or 4 on old Panasonic TV CT 20S2S


Channel 3 or 4 is what you select on your actual television. using the TV remote press 03 or 04 ( whatever the converter box output is switched to on the back.

if you cannot get the tv to select 3 or 4 ( not programmed try searching for channels on the convertor box and after it finishes auto program the TV set.

For a more detailed specific answer please list the make and model of both the TV and the digital converter box

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Hissing sound from a Panasonic old TV...Sound and picture are OK. The hissing sound even continues when the MUTE on the Box is ON. The hissing only stops when the MUTE on the TV is ON. I am using the...


If you disconnect or power off the converter box does the hiss go away?
If you connect a VCR or DVD player does it still have the hiss? We
need to isolate what source is causing the hiss if it is from the set or
if it is from the converter box.
When you turn the volume control down on the set, does the hiss
reduce in level? If mute stops it, it should reduce in level as you
turn the volume down. Then turn up the sound level control on
the converter box whether its a manual control or by remote. If you
can get a combination that minimizes the hiss and gets higher sound
level from the programming that may cure it.
I am not familiar with the converter box you are using. Are you using
Audio/Video cables from it to the set or is it coming out with coaxial cable
and used on a channel? If you are using a very old set with a tuner input
perhaps the fine tuning is out of adjustment.

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you will need to hook your signal to the converter box then into your vcr and then into your TV. Now if your vcr has signal out then you will not have any problems hooking your tv up to the vcr. You may have to use the audio out to get the right sound with your tv.

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There are two ways to connect a converter box.

The simplest is to use the RF antenna cable supplied with the converter. Connect it from the box (the round threaded connector) to the TV's antenna/cable input connector and put the TV on channel 3 or 4 (whichever the converter box is set to). If your set has screw terminals for the antenna connection, you'll need an adapter to switch from the round cable connection to the screws. This may also have been supplied, but you'll probably need to pick one up at Radio Shack or another retailer.

The other way, if your TV has the inputs, is to use the audio/video output jacks on the converter. Again, the cable is usually supplied with the box. This direct connection gives better picture and sound quality than the RF method. The jacks are color coded: red and white for the audio right and left channels, yellow for video. Just connect them to the matching jacks on the TV and select the video input to watch the box. (If your TV is mono and has only a single white audio input jack, you'll need a Y-adapter to join the two audio signals from the box into one. This is also available at Radio Shack. If you don't do this, you'll only get one channel of the sound when watching a stereo channel.)

Please take a moment to rate this solution if you found it satisfactory. Thanks for asking!

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Reply from Matt633


If you are receiving OTA channels, you will need to have the converter box but if you have a cable TV converter or satellite receiver then you do not need the converter as the channels will come to the cable bix or satellite receiver and from there to your TV.

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