Digital Converter Box Coupon

#1
Is the digital-to-analog converter box coupon program still going? We're really looking for another converter box for our extra TV. We've shopped all over the place too and can't find any for sale? Will we need an extra antenna or can we use our antenna that's connected to another TV?
 

Jim1348

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Digital-Analog Converter Box

No, the converter box coupon program has ended. They can still be purchased, but you might find that they will have to do a special order. Based on what you have posted about your antenna, we will need more information to answer that. In many cases an antenna can be used for multiple devices. I also point out that very good quality coaxial feedline, like RG6 or better, should be used. If there is ANY RG59 anywhere in the system I would consider replacing it with new RG6.

Digital Stream Digital-to-Analog Converter with Pass-through : Converters | RadioShack.com

Walmart.com: Search Results for "converter box"

 

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Thank you for the help. Have any of you ever bought a converter box off of eBay? I ask because converter boxes are selling for much cheaper there than Radioshack? Walmart's prices seem more in line but I'm a very frugal person.
 

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#4
:welcome: DTC,

Sorry, the government $40 coupon program has been over for many months. 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 Craigslist or Ebay, they have expired and they are worthless.

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

Try your local Thrift Store: people often give them to charity when they no longer need converter boxes. Garage sales are also a good source, as people upgrade their old TVs. Sometimes they will be missing their remote control unit, but you can buy a replacement for about $10. Craigslist dot org is a good source, or you can try Ebay using our Auction-bot link at the bottom of this Forum page.

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. As an example, the Channel Master CM-7000 does not have this feature. Many Canadian and Mexican stations are now converting to digital or they will in the near future.

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dkreichen1968

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#5
I went by my local Walmart electronics department last week (2/11/11) and saw that they had RCA DTA800's in stock, but they still want $50 a piece for them. The Digital Stream from Radio Shack has better features, and I believe it is an all around better box. The one useful feature of the RCA is the true signal strength meter (as opposed to the usual signal quality meter), which can come in handy for pointing antennas. I've had fairly good luck finding converter boxes at thrift stores. I paid $4 for a Digital Stream that didn't have a remote.
 

dkreichen1968

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#8
Sorry, the government $40 coupon program has been over for many months. 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 Craigslist or Ebay, they have expired and they are worthless.

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

Try your local Thrift Store: people often give them to charity when they no longer need converter boxes. Garage sales are also a good source, as people upgrade their old TVs. Sometimes they will be missing their remote control unit, but you can buy a replacement for about $10. Craigslist dot org is a good source, or you can try Ebay using our Auction-bot link at the bottom of this Forum page.

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. As an example, the Channel Master CM-7000 does not have this feature. Many Canadian and Mexican stations are now converting to digital or they will in the near future.
 

MrPogi

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#9
Wal-mart, Best Buy and amazon all have converter boxes from $30 on up. Many stores don't stock them, but you'll find them online.
 
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Thank you for the help. Have any of you ever bought a converter box off of eBay? I ask because converter boxes are selling for much cheaper there than Radioshack? Walmart's prices seem more in line but I'm a very frugal person.
check your local essex store they have them for $15 -$25...
 

dkreichen1968

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#12
What if u have a box but it stops working
You have to fix or replace it yourself.

I know, that stinks. It shows you the detrimental effect that a government subsidy can have on a product. Most CECBs were made as cheaply as possible to take advantage of the one time government subsidy, and in most cases you can tell. The main issue was bad Chinese manufactured capacitors. I know that the Digital Stream DTX9950s that failed could be easily repaired by replacing a capacitor in the power supply (and that the problem was fixed in later production). Otherwise you will need to find a replacement or upgrade your TV.

How to fix Digital Stream DTX9950.jpg
 
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MrPogi

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#13
What if u have a box but it stops working
If you can afford it, I would buy a new digital TV. They have come down in price quite a bit, and you'll get a nice TV with HD and lower energy costs, too. If you buy another converter box, you're taking a chance that it, too, will stop working.

And some day, your old analog TV will die too - you're only prolonging the inevitable.
 

MrPogi

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#14
The Federal government's DTV converter box coupon program ended on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009.

Now it's 2012, and we still get people looking for coupons.
 

dkreichen1968

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#15
And some day, your old analog TV will die too - you're only prolonging the inevitable.
But, that can be a long time. My parent's TV is over thirty years old.

Now it's 2012, and we still get people looking for coupons.
People are still looking for a deal... Anyway, I've been monitoring the inventory of DTV converter boxes at my local Walmart store, and I'm estimating that they are selling around 6 per week. We live in a fairly affluent suburban neighborhood.
 
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I bought 2 magnavox converters w/coupons years ago and each died slow deaths thru the remotes' gradual demise. The buttons gradually stopped working. Came down to only having #3 or 6 working then none. Looked inside one unit and saw white junk at the base of a cap. Guess that's bad. The other box looks normal inside. Any ideas on what typically conked out on these? (E175216) The remotes look OK inside, too.
 
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#18
whatever

Yeah,
well, comcast just made a switch, so now they are necessary. Why would a person spend time on something when it wasn't yet a problem? With all the crap we have thrown at us, it is somewhat reasonable to think that some things get drowned out.
 
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#19
What kind of remote is needed for the converter box? Will a universal remote work? If so, where do I get the codes to program it?
 
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