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Do I need an HDTV converter box

Hi, I just bought an Insignia plasma tv. I currently have Direct TV. I was told by the employee at Best Buy that I also need an HDTV converter box, which Best Buy sells for $100. Did the employee give me the correct info? Is there another way to hook up my TV without having to buy the box?

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    i have a plasma and it says it has D-tv on it..

    so do i need the converter

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If you are picking up only analog channels, you will need a converter box. You can pick a converter box up for $49 or $59 dollars at walmart or target. Best Buy is way overcharging if they are selling them at $100.

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I own an Insignia flat screen tv, NS-LCD27, & I was given the Insignia converter box, NS-DXA1; how do I program tv remote for the box? Thanks, frances b.


The digital to analog converters did not exist when the TV was built and the remote programmed. Thus you will have more luck programming the converter box's remote to control the TV. (At least with my converter box, the included remote could only turn on and off the TV. It would only change channels on the converter.)

Most universal remotes only have codes for devices released 6 months or more before the TV was programmed. So a new universal remote will probably control both the TV and the converter box. (Program the converter box using a code for LG or Zenith set top boxes if Insignia isn't listed. LG makes Insignia video products for Best Buy.) The remotes that are programmable by a USB connection to a computer are the fastest to set up.

A replacement remote for your TV is available here: http://www.mcmelectronics.com/partfinder.aspx?brand=&mdl=NS-LCD27&mode=part . An exact replacement remote for the converter box can be purchased at: http://www.remotes.com/remotes/servlet/rs?a=gmi&uuid=13055197980390&smodel=NSDXA1&brand_pn=INSIGNIA_NSDXA1 . The manual for the converter box (as a PDF) is here: http://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/insignia-ns-dxa1-manual.pdf .

I hope this helps.

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I have a nspdp42 plasma and i cant affort cable and want free tv. is there a analog to digital converter in the unit already? the model # is 801rmd2237770 Thank you


The Insignia NS-PDP42 Plasma HDTV has a built in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner.

In short, yes, it does have a digital converter built in, but you will need a antenna capable of receiving digital broadcasts. You can find these at Walmart for $15 to $60.

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We just bought a NS-PDP50HD-09 Insignia 50" plasma


Although we would not be able to assist you with power issue you're having with your TV, I can assure you that the issue with your new HD Insignia TV not turning on has nothing to do with the DISH Network receiver you have connected to it.

Phillip Chang
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Insignia remote for converter box


Insignia is a best buy brand specifically to be sold and give best buy profit. it's marked WAY above what it should be sold for; only works for the amout it's worth. Never buy insignia unless you've seen it work and you are satisfied. Take it back to them and demand that they either fix it for you or you get a better quality remote for free because of the inconvenience.

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Does my Insignia come digital cable ready or do I need a convertor box?


Cablevision is forcing people to having to buy Digital Cable Boxes with decoders in them.. On top of what you are already paying you have to pay lets say 2- 6$ per tv for a box per month.  Cablevision is doing this and charging more.  It's really to bad.

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


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

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Need help locating a box to make my TV receive true HDTV


Almost any electronics store should be able to help you out.
heres some helpful info from www.dtv2009.gov
go to the link for your $40 coupons
*note DTV and HDTV are two different things, you want the HDTV box

Certified converter boxes are available from both national and local retailers. Call ahead to confirm availability of coupon-eligible converter boxes on the day you plan to shop. National Retailers Converter boxes can be purchased at any of these national retailers currently participating in the program:
  • Best Buy
  • Circuit City
  • Kmart
  • RadioShack
  • Sears
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
Locate participating national retailers in your area by completing the form below. Online and Telephone Retailers Converter boxes can also be purchased online or by telephone and can be shipped directly to your home. Online Retailers:
Telephone Retailers:
  • All American Direct at 1-800-249-1063
  • Best Buy DTV Hotline and Order Center at 1-877-BBY-DTV9 (1-877-229-3889)
  • Circuit City at 888-280-9382
  • DISH Network at 888-638-9912
  • Etronics at 1-800-323-7669
  • Fingerhut at 1-888-301-5606
  • iNet Access at 877-388-7010
  • Online Electronics Liquidation at 800-717-1635
  • RadioShack DTV Telephone Order Center at 1-877-RS-DTV-4U (1-877-773-8848)
  • Satellite Radio Superstore at 800-513-8554
  • Solid Signal at 1-866-3SIGNAL (1-866-374-4625)

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Insignia(samsung) 50" plasma Vertical red lines


I would take it back. I know from purchasing an Insignia LCD from them a while back, the TV just died after about 4 or 5 months. They ended up offering me another TV or with store credit. I took the store credit and chose another TV. I also did not have a warranty. I was told since it was Insignia (which is a Best Buy house brand) that replacing it was not a problem. Good luck.

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TV antenna


Hi splhcb,

Your television is already an HDTV, meaning it is set up for receiving digital broadcasts. In this case, you should not need a separate converter box for over-the-air reception. You will need an antenna, but the type you purchase depends on things like how far you live from broadcast towers, landscapes, buildings, and where it will be located in your home. Although many antennas are being marketed as HDTV compatible, if you already own an antenna you likely can continue using it. Otherwise, it is best to speak with someone at the store who can weigh the factors in your situation to recommend the best antenna.

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Sanyo DS31590 and converter box


I just checked the owners manual online. Looks like this model only has an NTSC analog tuner. No ATSC digital tuner built in.

If you use cable or satellite TV services, the digital converters won't help you. The coupon-eligible ones are strictly for use with a traditional antenna. If this is your situation, ignore the remainder of this message.

If you use a regular TV antenna with this TV, then, yes, you will need a converter box. FYI, the Insignia model at Best Buy and the Zenith at Circuit City, and elsewhere (radio shack) have gotten good reviews from early purchasers. More converter box models will be available in a few months time.

If your current reception with your antenna is poor (snowy), you may have problems receiving the new DTV signals. If not, you should be pleasantly surprised with the quality of the DTV signals - and the extra "virtual" channels. Try the converter box using the RCA video and audio inputs, for a slightly better picture than with the coaxial cable inputs.

Good Luck

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