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Digital tv tuner converter box

My son has a VCR in our minivan hooked up to the factory installed DVD player and he can pull in television stations on it, with a very week signal. Now he wants to add a digital tv tuner converter box so he can try to get better tv in the van, and because its switching to digital. We live in rural Montana and don't get good signal in a lot
of locations. Also can the elevtronics or electrical outlet in in a minivan handle all this anyway.
thanks,
Kathy, his mom

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Greetings kathy76turne,

I've been looking around, and I think you've found a niche in the mobile video market that hasn't been addressed yet. As most recent mobile video systems are centered around DVD players and not broadcast receivers it maybe hard to find an actual "mobile" digital receiver. You may be able to purchase a power converter and turn the DC power to AC, but this could cause problems with your vehicle due to the extra power drain on the system.

Sorry I didn't have better news.
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