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?
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 $100.
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The digital to analog converters did not exist when the TV was built and the remote programmed. Thus you will have more luck programming the converter box's remote to control the TV. (At least with my converter box, the included remote could only turn on and off the TV. It would only change channels on the converter.)
Most universal remotes only have codes for devices released 6 months or more before the TV was programmed. So a new universal remote will probably control both the TV and the converter box. (Program the converter box using a code for LG or Zenith set top boxes if Insignia isn't listed. LG makes Insignia video products for Best Buy.) The remotes that are programmable by a USB connection to a computer are the fastest to set up.
Although we would not be able to assist you with power issue you're having with your TV, I can assure you that the issue with your new HD Insignia TV not turning on has nothing to do with the DISH Network receiver you have connected to it.
Phillip Chang DISH Network Customer Service Representative
Insignia is a best buy brand specifically to be sold and give best buy profit. it's marked WAY above what it should be sold for; only works for the amout it's worth. Never buy insignia unless you've seen it work and you are satisfied. Take it back to them and demand that they either fix it for you or you get a better quality remote for free because of the inconvenience.
Cablevision is forcing people to having to buy Digital Cable Boxes with decoders in them.. On top of what you are already paying you have to pay lets say 2- 6$ per tv for a box per month. Cablevision is doing this and charging more. It's really to bad.
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.
Converter boxes can be purchased at any of these national retailers currently participating in the program:
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Converter boxes can also be purchased online or by telephone and can be shipped directly to your home.
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.
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. Thank you, Jason, Go Ahead. Use Us.
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.