Well, I guess you will be learning spanish to enjoy those two channels.
Actually you need a stronger antenna. Go to a home improvement store and get a outdoor antenna, that should solve your problem. Check Antennaweb.com to see were to aim the antenna at. The digital channels are mainly moving over to the UHF signal band thus make sure you get a antenna that picks up booth uhf and vhf. These run less then 100 dollars. There is no such thing as a digital antenna thus do not fall for that nonsense that large electronic retailer are pushing. You might as well burn some of your hard earned cash.
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Re scan your channels. Analog is gone and alot of channels have moved. Just re-run the setup on your converter and it should be fine. The channel numbers may change, but the programming hasn't. Hope this helps
Make sure your TV is tuned to channel 3. If you don't see a picture from the converter box change the TV to channel 4 and check for the converter box output.
If you continue to have a problem with the installation, the FCC has a hotline to help solve setup problems. They can even arrange for someone to come help with the setup at no charge to you. Call 1-888-CALL-FCC.
You have to use the RCA plugs on the back of the converter box and the tv (red,yellow and white). Or you can attach the antenna wire to box and then attach the wire that comes with the converter that is listed as to the tv and instead attach it to the antenna in on the vcr. The converter box will determine which channel your vcr will get a singal to record from. Your VCR for every program will be set to channel 3 or 4 (depending on what your converter box is set to broadcast on). Make sure the power saver on the converter box is turned off as if you want to record a program in say 4 hours, if the converter box turns off in 2, your vcr will have nothing to record.
I ran seperate coaxible cable to the tv from vcr and unplug the tv converter box everytime I want to watch the vcr. You can also use the RCA cord to send the signal from the vcr to the tv and use the input signal to watch your recorded programs. I had static showing up everytime I played it through the second converter box thus I solved it by running a seperate coax line. I don't know if you will have this problem, just wanted you to be aware.
Ok first I can save you some money. Take your "HDTV" antenna back. There is nothing different about the antennas needed receive analog and digital signals. If you got reception without your converter box, use the same antenna with your converter box.
Next let's see if there is a problem with the box. Hook up a television with the antenna. How many stations do you get? Now hook up the same television & antenna, but this time put the converter box between the antenna & the TV. Do not turn on the box. Now how many stations do you get? If the number is different, the box is not allowing the antenna signal to pass through. That is bad. You want your signal to pass through the box so you can still pick up stations that don't broadcast digitally. Some areas of the country will not be covered by digital stations from all major broadcasters when the changeover happens in Feb.
My suspicion is either you did not have the antenna hooked up to the converter box when you searched for channels OR you are in an area that is not yet broadcasting digitally.
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Unfortunately no, unless you get a second converter box. You're using the converter box to select channels, and it can only be on one channel at a time. With a second converter box, you might find you need a second antenna too (so you can get a signal on both channels). And you can't program your VCR to record on different channels (since it can't control the coverter box to change channels).
(This is a case of history repeating itself. When cable TV was new, and most TV's and VCR's weren't cable-ready, you needed to use the cable company's converter box. The same problems came up then too!)
Buy a hdtv antenna to autoscan program channels which should bring in a lot more then reconnect with the older antenna afterwards and if you're still not getting all the channels then each source needs a strong hdtv antenna that can be adjusted manually.