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Re: rca 14" truflat
Really depends on the model. I've got a 2005 26" RCA truflat that has both digital and analog ota tuners--I can pick up off of rabbit ears OTA broadcasts, as well as via coax cable (cox cable) any of the unencrypted clear digital channels (QAM). Just can't handle the encrypted channels. If there are multiple coax inputs, check their labels--if labeled digital, likely that you've got a QAM digital tuner. Also, in the menuing system, channel scan--does it identify signal type as selectable digital/analog?
The surefire, get the model number, goto RCA.com website, download the user manual.
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Re: rca 14" truflat
This set was made before it was required to have digital tuning built in. You would need a digital converter box if you want off-the-air reception. (The federal program at www.dtv2009.gov that is giving $40 coupons toward purchasing a converter is out of money right now and is only putting people on a waiting list. It also looks like the changeover to digital is going to be delayed again, so you might not need to worry about it for a while longer.)
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Most of the RCA GuidePlus Gold gemstar TVs worked with analog TV signals (NTSC) only. The Guide+ information was only broadcast in NTSC signals and is no longer being provided. If you can check the date of manufacture of the TV, you can use the size to check if it had an ATSC tuner added if it was made for the US market. 37"+ TVs had to have a digital tuner in second half of 2005. 25" TVs needed to have the ATSC tuner after March, 2006. The next year all TVs had to have a digital tuner.
I hope this helps. Please add a comment with the model number of the TV, if you would like me to confirm the tuner information on your set.
(The RCA F31317 TV with Guide+ was manufactured in 2000 and thus only has a NTSC tuner.)
I'd need the model number to tell if the RCA TV has a digital (ATSC) or analog (NTSC) tuner. The mandate for inclusion of the ATSC tuner depended on the size of the TV and the year of manufacture. Small (<25" diagonal) TVs didn't need to have an ATSC tuner when they were built until 2007. The older TVs could still be sold with a "cable-ready" or similar NTSC only label. (The 32"+ TVs had to have the ATSC tuners in 2005 and the mid-size TVs had to have the digital tuners in 2006.)
For example the 27F530T was manufactured in 2003 and only has a NTSC tuner. However, the 20F424T was manufactured in 2008 and does have an ATSC tuner.
That RCA TV has only an older analog tuner, so if you're still using it for off-the-air reception you'll need to be using it with a digital converter. I'm assuming you are, since you say there's a channel number 14-3 being shown. The only way you'll see such a number is if it's coming from a digital converter, which will be sending the signal to the TV on channel 3 or 4 (on the TV's internal tuner).
There are several possibilities. One is that the converter isn't changing channels when you use its remote control. This is often caused by weak batteries, so try a fresh set. If your model of converter has channel up/down buttons on it (some do, but many require the remote for everything), try changing the channel manually.
If the converter isn't changing channels, you should try rescanning. The channel memory may have gotten cleared or corrupted for some reason. Also be sure the antenna is properly connected. With digital broadcasting, no antenna means no picture, guaranteed.
If everything else seems to be correct and the converter isn't finding any channels, you'll need to replace it. Unless it's still covered by the manufacturer's warranty or you have a replacement plan from the seller, you will need to purchase a new converter. They weren't designed to be serviced.
This TV is analog, meaning there are no "straight digital" inputs, and the tuner itself is NTSC (analog), and not ATSC (digital). You will need a digital converter box to receive over-the-air (broadcast) digital television stations. This does NOT, however, preclude you from purchasing Digital Cable or Digital Satellite, and using the analog output on their converter boxes. The television will display high-definition images from those boxes and other sources.
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Type: DVD player - built-in
Media Type: DVD, CD, Video CD
DVD Repeat Modes: A-B repeat, title, chapter
CD Playback Modes: Program play, random play / shuffle, all tracks repeat, one track repeat
Analog TV Tuner: NTSC
Reception System: NTSC-M
Analog Channel Qty: 181 channel(s)
Channel Coverage: VHF:2-13, UHF:14-69, Cable:1-125
MTS Stereo: Yes
Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes
Closed Caption Capability: Yes
Closed Captioning on Mute: Yes
Type: Remote control - infrared
Features: Back-lit buttons
1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) - front
1 x composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - front
It's analog. You need to purchase a digital receiver. I personally have a USB external digital tuner running in Media Center 2005. Search Ebay for "ATSC usb". There's a lot of different options and most of them are pretty inexpensive. To use a digital tuner in Media Center 2005, you have to leave the analog tuner / tuners in also. You should still be able to use your current remote control with the new digital tuner.
The digital tuner has nothing to do with the new signal you will be receiving in February of next year. The new video signal is a digital signal. The old video signal is analog. Your television receives the analog signal and converts it to what you see on television. You need a converter box to convert the new digital signal back to an analog signal your television can convert.
This tv is analog, EDTV is only enhanced definition tv ,480p resolution, not the HDTV 1080i or 1080p resolution, the mts/sap tuner has to do with the audio decoder. For example: SAP would allow you to view a station broadcast in english to be heard in spanish. MTS is surround sound broadcast. Thanks