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post #31 of 259
The RadioShack I went to has the Digital Stream DTX9900 converter box
post #32 of 259
here in Queens, NYC. no boxes in Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target yet, CC had one lonely Zenith box with no price or description sitting amongst the dvd players, it was still there days later tossed to the side where the video cables are.
post #33 of 259
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Originally Posted by Roger Lococco View Post

it was still there days later tossed to the side where the video cables are.

Tell them it's an old TV tuner not worth anything and you'll give them five bucks for it. Worth a try right?
post #34 of 259
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KenJM View Post

The RadioShack I went to has the Digital Stream DTX9900 converter box

It looks like Radio Shack has added another convert box to their web pages:

http://www.radioshack.com/sm-digital...i-3043012.html


Bob Diaz
post #35 of 259
Radio Shack didn't post a User Manual for Digital Stream DTX9900 converter box,
but they did post some alternative configuration diagrams, such as
watching either digital via converter box or analog via old TV....
as well as switching between SAT and converter box.

These may be of interest no matter which converter box you select...

Unfortunately, both of their Digital/Analog watching configurations used
an RF Splitter...which degrades sensitivity by about 4 dB.
To avoid this, you can replace splitter with an RF switch, as discussed here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...4#post13299194
Or buy a converter with the "RF Pass-Thru" switch inside.
post #36 of 259
As I write there are fifty government-approved converter boxes listed on the official government website.

The major stores may be offering a selection of one or two models instead of stocking a variety of models. A variety would steal retail space from other products that provide a higher profit margin. So the problem for consumers and converter box distributors becomes more difficult.

If there is a "best converter box" that does not find its way into convenient retail locations the manufacturer might be better off not producing the product in the first place. Might these products be purchased with a simple online transaction? It doesn't seem that the online logistics have been worked out.
post #37 of 259
Radioshack has the same 2 boxes as before. Nothing has changed.

Still waiting for a box with S-Video.
post #38 of 259
Confirmed today that HH Greg has the DTT900 for 49.97. Now bad, got two with the coupon and walked out the store paying only $20 plus tax.
post #39 of 259
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

As I write there are fifty government-approved converter boxes listed on the official government website.

The major stores may be offering a selection of one or two models instead of stocking a variety of models. A variety would steal retail space from other products that provide a higher profit margin. So the problem for consumers and converter box distributors becomes more difficult.

If there is a "best converter box" that does not find its way into convenient retail locations the manufacturer might be better off not producing the product in the first place. Might these products be purchased with a simple online transaction? It doesn't seem that the online logistics have been worked out.

You have hit upon the reason I generated this thread in the first place. The major stores will be limited to only a few (1 to 3) different boxes. Having too many boxes takes away floor space and only adds to customer confusion, "Which should I buy?" Which means, that we may only have a choice of around 12 to 16 different boxes out of the 50 as far as the major stores.

Boxes with special features are more likely to appear at specialty stores (like the internet stores), where buyers will understand and have the need for the extra features.

I'm really glad for this forum, because we can share information on all the different boxes and what choices we have.

Bob Diaz
post #40 of 259
I noticed an olevia box in the current list of approved converters.

target sells olevia tv's...anyone think target might carry the olevia CECB
post #41 of 259
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Originally Posted by DrBri99 View Post

I noticed an olevia box in the current list of approved converters.

target sells olevia tv's...anyone think target might carry the olevia CECB

Possibly. But, Target is more likely the market for the two GE models on the list. Target has a branding deal with GE for cheap consumer stuff (cordless telephones, computer mice, $10 CD players). Most of it says "Imported for Target" on the back. And the "funky wave-shaped top" (not a box) design of the GE suggests Target stores to me.
post #42 of 259
Today I noticed that the NTIA website has begun listing online and telephone sales of converter boxes. So far only one source is listed for each of these type of transactions. Here is the NTIA link:

https://www.mydtv2009.gov/VendorSearch.aspx
post #43 of 259
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Originally Posted by holl_ands View Post

....and surfing via your Chinese made laptop....

Actually,the Lenovo's are rated near the top, and maybe at the top as far as reliability, believe it or not.
post #44 of 259
My highly rated 17" WS Laptop was shipped direct from China....it's an HP....
post #45 of 259
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Originally Posted by BobDiaz View Post

You're right, at first I didn't find any DTV converters on the Walmart pages, but through reading other web pages, I located the links. Radio Shack page does not show the Digital Stream DTX9900 when I do a search on it. Odd, but maybe they haven't gotten enough stock to post it yet... I don't know.

I can guess that there's a lot more that doesn't appear on the web, but others can point out what they find.
....

Sincerely,

Bob Diaz

take it from me. do not buy the DTX9900 unless you have no choice. it is not competitive, at least not for the 59 dollars they charge. everything about it stank of cheapness from the poor packaging to the horrible looking and cheap feeling design. the remote is poorly laid out and labeled, open the battery panel and you are greeted with bare circuit board as battery backing:P takes 2 aaa instead of 1 to boot. at least mine only came with a coaxial cable instead of the coax+composite of the zenith. the case is made of plastic instead of metal, and the bare old style led on the front is pretty hideous. i don't think the manual mentions how to get the remote to work with a tv either. at least i didn't find it. there a general lack of polish to the unit/interface. epg is inferior. no sleep feature, no auto off. the picture quality doesn't have any obvious quirks, so it it were much lower priced it wouldn't be so bad. but at the same price as insignia/zenith its a total no go. its the kind of product that can be sold in places like china as off brand, but its lack of polish is unacceptable for us consumer product.

as for pass through, its disappointing these products lack the feature. i just had to resort to a splitter. are there different types of splitter? i just remember a while back when i got it there were different types in the store. mhz range rating or whatever? or does that only matter for cable/net? so far doesn't seem to affect the image quality, its a roof top antenna so the signal takes the hit ok i guess.
rf switch is a no go, forget to switch and the vcr doesn't work anymore which is a bit pointless.


also kinda sad these units have no svideo
post #46 of 259
Sears, Kmart, Target - what boxes are they selling?

I ask because I have a $10 coupon for those sites, and if I could obtain my Digital-to-Analog converter box there, it would help me save some money.
post #47 of 259
After getting my government cheesebox coupons last week, I decided to go redeem one today. Having already purchased several of these cheeseboxes for test and demo purposes professionally, I decided to buy the Zenith DTT900 for my personal use.
Since HHGregg has it for $49.97 compared to Circuit City for $59.97 and the identical Insignia @ Best Buy for $59.97 as well, I decided to go there. Let me
make it clear, everyone I spoke to there from the two salesmen to the manager were extremely helpful and polite.

I first called to verify they had them in stock, the salesman told me they had two, but that he had not seen them.Upon arrival, I casually strolled around for a few minutes looking for them before a salesman offered his assistance. He reported to me they were in the back locked up, and he would have the manager get me one which he did. I spent the next 35 minutes as they sales rep and manger tracked down the company procedures to complete the sale
and find how to enter the coupon into the system. They then had to go to the NTIA retailer web site and enter my coupon details and get an approval code. After getting the code, they could enter "DTVCREDIT" in the system along with the approval code to credit the coupon against the sale. It was simple from there on out, taking a total of 45 minutes from the time I arrived until I left. I'm now the proud owner of the DTT900 for a total of $10.69. Unless of course you count I really did pay for the coupon with my tax dollars.
There was no offer;mention; or attempt whatsoever of the store staff to upsell me to a new Tv. That's good.
post #48 of 259
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Originally Posted by bdfox18doe View Post

They then had to go to the NTIA retailer web site and enter my coupon details and get an approval code. After getting the code, they could enter "DTVCREDIT" in the system along with the approval code to credit the coupon against the sale.p

so they did not treat it like a Cash or Gift card?
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DTT900 for a total of $10.69. Unless of course you count I really did pay for the coupon with my tax dollars.

I look at these cards as $40 tax rebates.
post #49 of 259
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Originally Posted by bdfox18doe View Post

After getting my government cheesebox coupons last week, I decided to go redeem one today. Having already purchased several of these cheeseboxes for test and demo purposes professionally, I decided to buy the Zenith DTT900 for my personal use.
Since HHGregg has it for $49.97 compared to Circuit City for $59.97 and the identical Insignia @ Best Buy for $59.97 as well, I decided to go there. Let me
make it clear, everyone I spoke to there from the two salesmen to the manager were extremely helpful and polite.

I first called to verify they had them in stock, the salesman told me they had two, but that he had not seen them.Upon arrival, I casually strolled around for a few minutes looking for them before a salesman offered his assistance. He reported to me they were in the back locked up, and he would have the manager get me one which he did. I spent the next 35 minutes as they sales rep and manger tracked down the company procedures to complete the sale
and find how to enter the coupon into the system. They then had to go to the NTIA retailer web site and enter my coupon details and get an approval code. After getting the code, they could enter "DTVCREDIT" in the system along with the approval code to credit the coupon against the sale. It was simple from there on out, taking a total of 45 minutes from the time I arrived until I left. I'm now the proud owner of the DTT900 for a total of $10.69. Unless of course you count I really did pay for the coupon with my tax dollars.
There was no offer;mention; or attempt whatsoever of the store staff to upsell me to a new Tv. That's good.


Similar experience here. Went to my local CC store and they had 6 Zenith converters left sitting out on a shelf. Tried to pay at the regular checkout line, but the girl had no idea how to process the coupon card. She tried swiping it a few times, but nothing happened. She sent me to customer service and the girl there obviously didn't know what to do either. She left for a minute or two to talk to someone in a side room (possibly the manager), came back out, rang up the box, told me that it'll be around $64.xx with tax before the coupon, then she took out a pocket calculator, punched the keys a few times, and said my total with the coupon would be $21.xx with tax. The receipt she printed showed that as well, so I left. They definitely need to streamline their processing of coupons at these places... Got lucky, though. Total time waiting for them to figure out what they were doing was only 10-15 minutes.

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post #50 of 259
At CC I had to sign sales slips three times. Two for the boxes and one for my credit card. Sales tax was computed on the full retail price.
post #51 of 259
Went to Best Buy, asked where they were, was led to the isle where the video accessories are, they were their on a shelf about 5 feet off the floor, I was handed one, went to pay, cashier scanned UPC, a pop-up came up on his screen prompting him to ask if I had a coupon, I gave him the coupon, he took $40 off price, gave me the card back, I paid, he bagged the box with the receipt and said thank-you. Total elapsed time: about 00:01:30.
post #52 of 259
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Originally Posted by w0kie View Post

At CC I had to sign sales slips three times. Two for the boxes and one for my credit card. Sales tax was computed on the full retail price.

I would ask a manager about that. I was only charged sales tax on $19.99. BTW, hooked up the box today and am very pleased. Stunning picture quality compared to before the box...a bunch more channels as well.

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post #53 of 259
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Originally Posted by w0kie View Post

Sales tax was computed on the full retail price.

I paid tax after the $40 discount.
post #54 of 259
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rrrrrroger View Post

Sears, Kmart, Target - what boxes are they selling?

I ask because I have a $10 coupon for those sites, and if I could obtain my Digital-to-Analog converter box there, it would help me save some money.

A quick check of their web pages shows nothing yet.

One person posting here, suggested that if may not be until May when Sears, Target, and Kmart will get their boxes. I don't know if that information is correct or not, but last week when I asked someone at Target about boxes, she knew NOTHING.

Sadly, it appears that a number of boxes are delayed in coming out.


Bob Diaz
post #55 of 259
In Los Angeles, Calif I was charged sales tax on the full $59.95.

[Circuit City, Zenith DTT900]
post #56 of 259
Well, since California is literally bankrupt as a state I can see why they'd be trying to get all the money they can out of the people they can get it out of.
post #57 of 259
Sun is always shining in California! Just need a bigger antenna to bring it in.
post #58 of 259
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Well, since California is literally bankrupt as a state I can see why they'd be trying to get all the money they can out of the people they can get it out of.


Why not, Cook County in IL sure is doing it after Strogers last 'little' raise in the taxes.
post #59 of 259
Pardon my ignorance.. I've done some research, but can't seem to locate the information I need.

I purchased the Rjtech RJ-1000ATSC about a year ago, when it was about the only cheap digital ATSC to SD box around. I use it to feed downsampled HDTV channels to my DVD/HDD recorder via the s-video output.

The Rjtech box recently bought the farm. I'm wondering if all of these new consumer boxes are like the Rjtech box. Do any of them have s-video output? Do these boxes tune the HD (downconverted, of course) as well as SD digital off-air channels.

What I mostly need in a replacement box is s-video output and tuning of downcoverted HD channels. Which boxes have these features?
post #60 of 259
Yesterday one of my local RS stores only had 3 of the DTX9900. So I figured let me try it. They couldn't figure out how to use the coupon card and after 25 minutes, they 'winged it' and I left paying $20.79. Took it home and hooked it up to a 19 year old Zenith (that hasn't had a great picture with cable in years) and it really looked fine.
Yes, the set up was not most common sense set up I've seen and I'm sure there are better boxes out there but for those who aren't willing to get a new tv or like me, just want to have this hanging around in case cable goes out, it worked just fine. With a $29 antennae, it picked up all 10 stations available in my area.
Now if they could just find some good tv programs that I want to watch!
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