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    Converter Box for local channels

    I am in need of a converter box for my tv. How can I go about getting a converter box for my television set that will work with my local channels. Not cable. I want to know for sure if the converter box coupon program is done too. Thanks.

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    WELCOME to the forum, and the world of free TV!

    I am sorry, but the government $40 coupon program has been over for some time now. The "coupons" were actually like pre-paid debit cards that expired 90 days after issue. If you should happen to have one, or if you find one of these coupons for sale on Craigs list or Ebay, they are all expired and worthless.

    That being said, you still have a number of options:

    Try the local Thrift store, people often give them to charity when they no longer need them. Garage sales are also a good source, as people upgrade their old TVs. Do make sure to CHECK them out and make sure they work first! Sometimes they will have no remote, but you can buy a remote for about $10.

    If not, Best Buy still sells them, and this one is at Wal-Mart ($38, online only, w/ site to store) or you can try Ebay, using our Auction-bot: CLICK HERE . Check with your local Craigslist, too.

    Another option is to replace your current TV with a new TV, which will not only get you free broadcast TV, but give it to you in High Definition. Smaller models, 15 to 30 inches, are priced from about $150 to $300.

    If you are near the Canadian or Mexican border and currently receive analog signals from foreign stations, or if you have been receiving a LP analog translator, the Converter Box needs to have a function called "analog pass thru" for it to be able to receive those stations. Many Canadian and Mexican stations are now converting to digital in the near future. If You need a box with pass thru, but can't find one, you could use an "a-b" switch to switch from digital to analog.

    Make sure you have a proper antenna for it, rabbit ears don't work very well. We can help you out with selecting the right antenna for your location.

    If you have any more questions, please ask

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    Hi Anette,

    The converter box coupon program is done and all unused coupons have expired. But, converter boxes are still available. Walmart has one for $34 with free site to store shipping. AccessHD Digital to Analog Converter Box, 1080D - Walmart.com My local Walmart still has RCA DTA800s on the shelf for $50. You can also find Digital Stream converter boxes at Radio Shack. Digital Stream Digital-to-Analog Converter with Pass-through : Converters | RadioShack.com

    If that doesn't fit your budget, you can also find them at thrift stores as people continue to upgrade their televisions. I found a Digital Stream for $4 at a local Goodwill. If they are missing a remote a universal remote can be found for less than $10.

    Dan
    Last edited by dkreichen1968; 03-10-2011 at 02:34 PM.

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    well is many brands of converter boxes in the market all is according with your television, if your television is one of the old ones CRT or conventional televisions this box is ok, but if have an HD panel or LCD,plasma television that have the logo HD ready then you need get an converter box with atleast HDMI output or a HD output. for fully enjoy of the crystal clear HD images, maybe even your television have the turner for ATSC HD , check up that.



    about the coupons programm,

    this is the official anwer of the FCC

    "
    The NTIA Converter Box Coupon Program ended at 12 midnight, July 31, 2009. There is no way to request coupons or file an appeal.

    NOTE: The Coupon Program is over. The last day to apply for a coupon or file an appeal was July 31, 2009. There are no more active coupons and retailers can no longer accept coupons for converter box sales. Some retailers may still be selling converter boxes without accepting coupons. NTIA and the FCC can provide no further assistance regarding coupons. Background and statistics regarding this program can be found on the NTIA's website at NTIA: Digital TV Transition and Public Safety."



    this is the official answer of the FCC.

    best regards
    Francisco

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    I have a box just no remote! Can i scan for channels without a remote?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest View Post
    I have a box just no remote! Can i scan for channels without a remote?
    You can get a universal remote (make sure to get one new enough to have the - or . button). They are usually less than $10. Then just program it for your brand of converter box. I have several converters that don't have the original remotes.
    Snappy Dan Reminds You:

    DO NOT install antennas anywhere where they could fall into overhead power lines!!! An antenna falling into power lines may result in electrical shock or death. All outdoor antennas must be grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). Be careful while working on roofs or towers. Always use appropriate safety precautions!!!

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    I have a 20 inch old model tv. I am currently using a converter box for channels. Just today, I`ve seemed to have lost a lot of channels. I`ve scanned several times but still nothing. What could be the problem, that I am not getting a signal for the channels I was getting before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest View Post
    I have a 20 inch old model tv. I am currently using a converter box for channels. Just today, I`ve seemed to have lost a lot of channels. I`ve scanned several times but still nothing. What could be the problem, that I am not getting a signal for the channels I was getting before?
    You might want to try a rescan on your TV. Networks periodically update their TV towers and move channels, so that might help. Also, some people are reporting problems with over-the-air reception in Chicago. See this thread if this applies to you: Status of local over the air broadcasts

 

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