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Digital converter box periodically turns on by itself

My digital converter box switches itself on a couple of times a day for about a minute at a time, then switches off on its own. Any idea what that's about, and if I can stop it from doing that?

I live in a small space, and having the bright light from the box suddenly pierce the dark of night is unsettling, and I'm not generally a fan of appliances having a mind of their own. The box is called "DTV Pal Plus".

Thanx for any input anyone may have.

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  • dvl693 Apr 27, 2009

    My Dolby TR-40 CRA Digital-to-Analog TV converter turns itself on at night or early in the morning. It stays on for several minutes. Creepy.

  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    I'll confirm that my dtv pal plus does the same thing. admittedly I haven't fully explored all the timer settings as that may be the cause. You are not alone. fwiw, it is a recent purchase/fw (around 4/25/09).

  • Toheynow May 19, 2009

    I've been trying to deal with this as well. What turned out to be a random event has now manifested itself to the light being on all the time. I'm considering going to the store and turning this model in for another box. If someone knows how to correct this problem please let me know before I get another box. Thanks

  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    I have the same problem with the converter box turning itself on. When I try and turn it off with the remote, it wont turn off. I changed the batteries in the remote for the Pal Plus and it still does this. It will also turn itself off in the middle of the show or the picture will hang up and freeze but the sound keeps going on whatever I am watching.

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Did you ever find out why this happened? I have one, and it does the same thing. It makes me think Big Brother is watching me.

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  • Isis4 Jul 09, 2011

    I still have the same box, and it still turns itself on and off without prompting. I never figured it out, and have found no timers or settings that would explain this behavior.

    I suspect the box is loading scheduling information or roaming to find new channels, but I don't understand how it determines when to do that. It's not always at the same time when this happens, but the length of time it's on seems to always be about one minute.

    I don't get the feeling Big Brother is using it to watch me, but I do get a sense of some wireless component being activated outside of my control. And I didn't agree to have wireless technology in my home.

    I've also wondered if all my neighbors have the same boxes and remote controls. When I first got it, the channel would suddenly switch without my being anywhere near the remote. But that's a different issue, and hasn't happened in a long time. I guess my neighbors got sick of these gadgets and got rid of theirs.

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