The following is what I got in the mail along with the $40 coupons. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED IMAGE BELOW.
I added the colors. As of this date, April 3 2008, the following stores in Florida are selling the following converters:
- Radio Shack - Digital STREAM DTX-9900
- Best Buy - Insignia NS-DXA1
- Wal Mart - Magnavox TB100MW9, and RCA DTA 800
- Circuit City - Zenith DTT900
Don't misunderstand me when I say they are selling only these. They may be selling other brands when they become available. According to the insert, the following 4 converters (colored in Green) have "Pass Thru" capability, meaning they will allow analog signals to pass through to your TV:
PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED IMAGE BELOW.
- ECHOSTAR TR-40,
- Magnavox TB-100MG9,
- Philco TB100HH9,
- Philco TB150HH9.
I haven't got out and made a purchase yet, mostly due to other's reviews of these converter boxes, like:
The Magnavox digital converter only works well if you have a very strong amplified digital antenna which I had to purchase at an additional $40.
In some areas your box won't work yet.
Most, if not all, of the channels will start "pixelating" (for lack of a better word) while you're in the middle of watching your shows and that's pretty annoying. Also, it seems to lose the signal pretty often. I wouldn't even mention it if it didn't happen so often.
With the converter box, I have to have the rabbit ears tilted towards the window at an odd angle (they can't stay there that way) just to get a choppy half-broadcast of one channel!!! What an incredibly useless piece of equipment.
Using the unit's remote makes switching from channel to channel slow. I still need my TV's remote to adjust the volume. The unit's remote is pretty cheap and I wonder how long it will last. The buttons are extremely small and difficult to activate. Using this unit makes some of my TV's feature useless--most notably, picture in picture.
I used a government $40.00 coupon to purchase the Magnavox Digital Converter Box in order to get a few more years out of the analog TV in the basement rec room.
Product worked just fine initially, but after a few days, it began to drop signals (No signal), but would return in a few seconds.
The converter then began to not detect signals at all, first for one digital signal, then others.
Note: A separate digital TV in another room works just fine on the same antenna!
I was charged the local tax on the full price and not the price after use of the coupon. I set up the box, but found that I was only receiving digital channels and didn't receive the local ABC, CBS and NBC channels (which are the ones that we mainly watch). After messing with the box for quite a while, I called customer service. They answered right away, but the technician was unfamiliar with the box. I then requested support on-line and received an answer that basically says that the box doesn't pass through the signals from the local analog-only channels. There was nothing in the instruction manual to indicate that. So I packed up the box and put it in storage until the local channels switch to digital.
It just seems like this product was hastily designed without concern for the consumer. Unfortunately, the exchange-only policy of the DTV converter box coupon program means that I'm stuck with the unit unless Walmart decides to carry a different model. It just doesn't make it a pleasurable experience.
The part I didn't like is the remote. It doesn't operate volume so I still need my old remote. Also it is just cheap. The buttons for channel are way at the top and you have to press them really hard to get them to work.
With my rooftop antena hooked up directly to my analog TV, I get nine local chanels. When I hooked up the converter box, I only get one chanel. I keep getting a "No Signal" message when I change to the other chanels programmed into my television. I am not sure if it will get better when the changeover happens, but I unhooked it and connected the antena back to the TV. I am very disappointed.
I thought that buying this converter box was suppose to be simple....so far it's cost me more money than I expected. When buying your convert box don't forget to pick up the cables to patch with. Not to mention you will still need your antenna. I was under the impression that we would be able to do without the bunny ears
boy was I disappointed. So far I'm not getting all my regular channels because the signal isn't enough. Good luck to our future.
The remote is terrible. The batteries it came with were dead. The buttons are too small. It cannot power off the TV, control volume, or mute. There are no channel buttons on the unit so it is useless if you lose the remote or if the remote breaks. You cannot change the aspect ratio (wide, zoom, letterbox) on a per channel basis, you can only change this in setup. If you plan to use this frequently,
I would spend a little more to get one with a remote that can run the TV power, volume and mute. It should have better zoom options, a remote with bigger buttons, and channel buttons on the unit.
I bought one of these converter boxes two weeks ago, five days in it died and would not turn on. I took it back to the store and got a replacement. I got the thing home and it didnt even work right out of the box. I am not the only one who has had this problem and know other who have had the same problems. I would take it back for a replacement, but I think this box is junk. Dont waste your money.
Does not pick up the strongest analog channel in digital Kansas City KMBC channel 9. I called the station and they are broadcasting in digital.
can only receive one channel at a time for vcr recording there in no timer and no s video you must record what you are watching in other words you can not record one channel while watching another like you can with a vcr or dvd recorder with a tuner.
So, as you can read, these converter boxes seem to be crappy junk. I'm thinking they were made that way ON PURPOSE just to force the consumer to go out and buy a brand new digital TV with an expected lifespan of only 3 years.