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Converter box with antennae doesnt pick up abc 33/40

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What brand and modxel is the converter box ? did you buy it new or rent it ?

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Why can't i pick up channels using a RCA converter box, amplified HDTV antenna on my rca XL 100 analogue TV


If you live a good distance from the TV station you may need a better antenna. Did you do a channel search on the converter box? You'll need the remote for the converter box to change channels, not the TV's remote.

Jul 16, 2014 | RCA Televison & Video

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I am moving tomorrow and won't be able to afford cable or satellite for awhile. I have a newer model Sanyo tv. Will I need a converter box or can I hook an antenna directly into the tv to pick u


If your TV has the screw-on coaxial cable connection on the back, then you will not need a converter box. You can attach an internal or external antenna and have your TV scan for digital channels. The converter boxes are mostly for old CRT TVs with analog tuners or newer home theater "monitor" TVs which are being produced without built in tuners.

Dec 21, 2012 | Sanyo DP32746 32 in. LCD Television

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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.

Dec 29, 2010 | GE 31GT720 31" TV

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Do i need just an antenna or one of those digital converter boxes to get just local channels in Denver on this TV?


If your TV was made after 2007 it should have the digital receiver built in. If so you can just hook any antenna you wish up and receive all your local channels.

Jan 15, 2010 | Sony KV-35S42 35" TV

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WHY MUST I RESCAN ALL THE TIME?


You may have several problems. If you are using a indoor antenna, upgrade to a outdoor antenna. The indoor antenna has to be adjusted every time you change a channel. If you plan to sit in a chair and never move when watching tv, you may be able to pick up a channel or two. Get a UHF/VHF antenna from a home improvement store. The big box electronic stores are selling a digital antenna. There is no such thing. The antenna doesn't know if the signal is digital or analog, it just picks up uhf and vhf signals. The other problem could be that the box is bad if it is not saving the scan. I would check the antenna first from what you said though.

Jun 10, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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No Signal


Make sure you have a good connection from the antenna to the converter box. Set your TV to channel 3 or 4.
The converter won't improve reception in any way, and it's possible you might need to relocate your antenna or get an exterior antenna hooked up to improve the signal strength.
If you have enough antenna cable, and you're only using rabbit ears, hang them out the window or up on a curtain rod and see if that improves things.
Some people have good luck with the new digital style set-top antennas. I think you'll have best luck, though, with an old roof-top antenna that's set up to feed your converter.
Best of luck to you!

Apr 10, 2009 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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No antenna reception with digital converter box.


Hello Faznmc,

I have found that with an ordinary antenna connected to the converter box it can receive nearly all channels, however I have run into cases where I had to use an amplified TV antenna to pick up signals. I have started telling folks that when they install their converter boxes to try to use the plain old rabbit ears antenna, but if that does not work, use an amplified antenna, and that usually does the trick.

I hope this helps
Thank you,
Shuttle83

Nov 02, 2008 | Televison & Video

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Digital tv tuner Converter box


Your ability to receive stations will be based on the the type of antenna you have. There are three typical types: a Yagi ( It is the traditional type) it is uni directional ; bi--directional; and lastly omnidirectional. Both the Yagi and Bidirectional need to be pointed toward the local ABC affiliate tower to receive signal this may result in loss of others channels at that time. Finally all antennas have a range that they are effective. Check the range of the antenna you have. If you go to www.antennaweb.org they can tell you the proper azimuth for pointing your antenna and they will give you a breakdown of the towers so you can see the specific tower you need to point toward to get ABC and if I remember correctly they give you the distance from your location to the tower.
If you have any questions post a comment to this solution. Hope this helps you.

Sep 10, 2008 | Televison & Video

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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.

May 15, 2008 | Insignia Digital-to-Analog Converter for...

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