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Can't get digital converter box to work with Toshiba TV/VCR Combo

In April several of our local stations (NBC, ABC) started broadcasting in digital.  We bought a digital converter and hooked it up and everything was great. This June when all stations went digital NOTHING works.  Can't get on screen menu or picture.  VCR works fine to play a video.

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You will need to rescan your stations. On the June cutoff date, they reshuffled and renumbered most of the stations.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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The Quasar VV-2002 only has an NTSC (analog tuner). Very few stations with NTSC transmitters are still broadcasting. Only low-power stations were allowed to continue broadcasting an analog signal. Unless you are very close to one of the transmitters, your TV will not tune in the station.

You'll need to connect the TV to a digital-to-analog over the air converter box. (The low-end ones that were free or cheap with the government coupon are harder to find; a few models are still available.) These convert the ATSC (digital) signal to NTSC. Then use an appropriate antenna and follow the instructions to tune in the available OTA signals. Send these to the TV either on the RF or composite Line-in. Set the TV to the appropriate input and use the converter box to change channels.

I hope this helps.

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I got a used Toshiba CZ32T31without a user manual. When I hook up the cable all I get is snow. I also can't get local broadcast when I move the channel to the station number.


If you are in the USA, all free broadcast channels are digital, so you won't get anything without a digital converter box. In Canada, some channels are still available without the box till August 2011.
The tuner may be defective. Use a VCR or cable converter with audio/video outputs and connect them to the appropriate inputs on the TV, use the VCR or converter to change the channels.

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Do I need a digtal converter box to pick up local stations via antenna?


Some local broadcasting will still be in analog but this is just jor simple programming such as college stations. To get local programming such as NBC,ABC,CBS etc. you will need to get a converter since the government has mandated all broadcast be in digital to free up air space.

Note that it may be a case by case basis for some smaller areas.

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I have a CRAIG 13 INCH HIGH DEFINITION LCD TV MODEL #CLC503 I PURCAHSED AT CVS / PHARMACY I GET CBS AND ABC STATIONS GREAT BUT I CANT GET NBC??????? PLEASE ADVISE OF THIS ISSUE


NBC antena broadcasting signal is weak and it sit in pretty low ranges on the mountains tops call mountain Wilson.The broadcasting antena is weak and ur receiving antena is weak too.Tries websites like Amazon.com Ebay.com to buy a Digital antena and used it,will boot up ur tv antena receiving signal stronger and longer ranges.Than.U will able to get the NBC tv channel.

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I have a 13' Orion tv, model #TV1326BW with rabbit ear antenna. I have connected everything correctly to the converter box for digital signals. I can pick up all stations except the local CBS affliciate....


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Can't recorder digital broadcast


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you will need to hook your signal to the converter box then into your vcr and then into your TV. Now if your vcr has signal out then you will not have any problems hooking your tv up to the vcr. You may have to use the audio out to get the right sound with your tv.

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Connect your rabbit ears to the Insignia. Connect the Insignia to the antenna input on the "cvd/vcr combo". Now turn on the television to show the "cvd/vcr combo".

The Insignia simply goes between your antenna and your television. In your case you also have a vcr so if you want the VCR to be able to play and record digital stations you will need the Insignia between the vcr and the antenna.

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I have a AKAI CFTD 2085 model tv. Is it digital or do I need a converter box?


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Don't get ABC or NBC local channels anymore


ATSC tuners ("D/A converters") pick up signals off the air just like old school television. It sounds like you are just not getting a signal of sufficient strength. A weak analog signal looks like a "snowy" picture, which most of us are used to. But, the new digital channels quickly go from a perfect picture to none at all. It's basically all-or-nothing.

Try attaching an antenna to your converter. I know you can buy a new antenna from your local big box electronics store which is labeled "Terrestrial HDTV" or something, but that really doesn't mean anything. You can use any old TV antenna. Even a quality FM antenna (with an F-Pin coax connection) may work just fine.

When setting up the antenna, keep in mind that different channels are transmitted from different towers, in different locations with different strengths. Move the antenna placement and position around (just like grandpa had to do). You may have to make a compromise to get the best signal for your favorite channels.

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