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QUESTION:
(Where can I get) Ratings & Reviews on APEX Series & others with Both S-video & Smart Antenna capability. - Patrick J Farone - Syracuse,NY

ANSWER:
You may wish to try the following link to help with your decision. http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-tv-converter/. Thank you.

QUESTION:
I have a GE converter and have tried and tried to get rid of the closed captioning which drives me crazy it is a model 23333 and I can't figure out what to do!! Thanks for your help. - Audrey Lowe - Westmont,IL

ANSWER:
Most converter boxes have the ability to turn Closed Captioning on/off from the remote. Look for a button with CC on or around it. This will usually toggle this feature on/off. You should also consult your owner's manual concerning the settings for Closed Captioning on your device. Thank you.

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My converter box light turns red and I got the control, and tried to turn it green but, the light is still red. I pushed it and it didn't turn green. I need help. - KC - houston,TX

ANSWER:
I sounds like you are having some difficulty with powering up your converter box. Your challenge could be as simple as checking to see that your remote batteries are functioning and are properly installed. Also, some remote controls, maybe yours are capable of controlling more that one component. Make sure that if you have a remote control of this kind that you are using the power button for the converter box and not the TV or other component. Thank you.

QUESTION:
Where can I Buy a Spica AT 2018? - Bonnilyn Winn - Midlothian,,VA

ANSWER:
Amazon appears to have this unit for $49.99. Thank you.

QUESTION:
Do all LCD sets have both an analog and digital tuner? - Ken Pope - Oakland,CA

ANSWER:
Almost all newer LCD TVs do have both tuners. Some older models as well as some small LCD TVs do not. Be such to confirm that any LCD TV you are considering has both an ATSC and NTSC tuner. Thank you.

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  The Following are the NTIA Approved DTV Converter Boxes that are available and capable of passing analog signals through to the TV set.










AccessHD DTA1020AD *
AccessHD DTA1030D *
AccessHD DTA1050D *
AccessHD DTA1080D *
AccessHD DTA1080U *
Airlink101 ATVC102 *
APEX DT250 *
APEX DT502 *
APEX DTA250A *
Artec T3AP *
Artec T3AP Pro *
Artec T3AP-LL *
Artec T3AP-LS *
CASTi CAX-03 *
CLASSIC DTV-2000 *
Cleartech CT DCB100A *
Coby DTV-102 *
ComponexX CX-900A *
COSHIP N9901T *
CRAIG CVD508 *
CVD506 *
DIGITAL STEAM DSP6500C *
DIGITAL STREAM DSP7700P *
DIGITAL STREAM DSP7700T *
DIGITAL STREAM DTX9950 *
DIGITAL STREAM DX8700 *
DTVPal Plus *
DISH Network DTVPal *
DISH Network TR-40CRA *
GE 23333 *
GE 23334 *
Goodmind DTA1100 *
iNet Access SSR 1921 *
Insignia NS-DXA1-APT *
Magnavox TB-100MG9 *
Magnavox TB100MW9A *
Magnavox TB110MW9 *
Magnavox TB110MW9A *
MaxMedia LuTRO *
Memorex MVCB1000 *
Philco TB100HH9 *
Philco TB150HH9 *
RCA DTA800B1 *
RCA DTA809 *
RCA STB7766G1 *
SPICA AT 2018 *
SUNKEY SK-801ATSC *
Tivax STB-T8 *
Tivax STB-T9
TRT TACB-1009 *
Winegard RCDT09A *
Zenith DTT901 *
Zentech EZTV DF2000L *
ZINWELL ZAT-950A *
ZINWELL ZAT-970A *

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  Follow These Simple Rules when Buying a Converter Box

Ask the Sales Person to show you converter boxes that have analog pass-through.
Look for the pass-through information on the box
Ask questions and make sure you can still receive your favorite station with the box you are purchasing.
Ask about the store's return policy and Keep your receipt.
If you can't receive all your stations return the item for another converter box with analog pass-through.
   







SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE DIGITAL TV TRANSITION

On February 17, 2009, many full power television stations, including most of the major network affiliates and large independent stations, converted to digital-only operation. Other full power stations have until June 12, 2009 to complete their digital conversion. If you have a TV set that does not have “HDTV” capability, you will not be able to see these stations any more unless you buy a new TV set or one of the new “converter boxes”. You will see and hear a lot about this change, because the FCC is requiring all full power TV stations to broadcast announcements about it.

What many of these announcements will not tell you is that most Class A, Low Power TV, and TV Translator stations will not convert to digital next February.  They will continue conventional analog broadcasting, and you will still be able to watch them on your old TV sets.  These stations may have smaller coverage areas than full power stations; but there are four times more of them, they are licensed by the FCC the same way as full power stations are, and they have lots of interesting programs.

To survive the digital transition, you need to be able to watch both digital and analog stations.  Most of the digital converter boxes now on the market will not let you do that, because they block analog signals and prevent you from watching stations that may have programming you want to see.

There are five things you can do to keep receiving all TV stations:

1.  Buy a new TV set, hook up an antenna, and watch TV stations for free.  All TV sets now being sold have both digital and analog tuners and can receive all TV stations.  Some are very expensive, but not all.  Stores have frequent sales, and you can buy a small screen set for under $100.

2. Buy a new DVD recorder, DVR or VCR, but make sure that it has both an ATSC and NTSC tuner built-in. All these devices currently being sold have both kind of tuners and have outputs that will work with your old analog TV sets.

 3. Buy a converter box to use with an old TV set. The best kind of box is an “analog pass through” box that will allow you to watch analog stations when the box is turned off. Do not buy boxes without analog capability if you want to be able to watch all TV stations.

4.  Subscribe and pay for cable or satellite services.  These services will either deliver signals that your analog TV can display or will provide their own converter box to use with analog TV sets.  Be careful when choosing this solution.  Even if you do subscribe to one of these services, any televisions you have which are NOT hooked up to a cable or satellite box may not be able to receive some local programming.

  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is giving away coupons that will give you a $40 credit if you buy a converter box.  These coupons will not be honored if you buy a box with an analog tuner, a DVD or VCR, or a new TV set.  If you think that is unfair, contact your Senators and Congressperson. To find your two Senators, go to www.senate.gov, and to find your Congressperson, go to www.house.gov.  Those websites let you search for the names of Member of Congress from your state and district.

When you go to the store to buy a converter box, ask the salesperson whether the box has an analog tuner or analog pass through capability.  Other terms that may be used are “NTSC” for analog and “ATSC” for digital.  If you want to find out which boxes have analog pass-through before you shop, you can find a list of models at www.keepuson.com.  If you have NTIA coupons, you received a list of eligible models in the envelope.  The ones marked with an asterisk (*) have the analog pass-through featureIf the store where you shop does not have any of these models, or the sales person does not know what you are talking about, shop somewhere else or online.

 Don’t be misled into buying a converter box that will cut you off from some TV stations.  Insist on a box with an NTSC/analog tuner or analog pass-through, so that you can continue to watch all TV stations.  Better yet, buy a new TV set or a DVD or VCR.  Even if you cannot use your government coupon, think about whether it is worth losing access to some stations to save a few dollars.  And write to Congress and complain that you should be able to use your coupon however you choose!

Don’t give up your freedom to choose which stations to watch.  Buy wisely, and buy something that will be useful for a long time to come.

 

WARNING: MAKE SURE THE CONVERTER BOX THAT YOU BUY HAS ANALOG PASS-THROUGH CAPABILITY! If you buy any other box you will not get 80% of the TV stations that are broadcasting in the United States! Read the label carefully, a box with pass through will say so on the packaging. All other boxes will try to mislead you to buy the bad box by using fancy marketing tactics like "get Digital Television" with this box and etc.





DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THESE BOGUS SALES GIMICS. Just remember that you want a box with analog pass-through. Keep referring to this website as we will list the good boxes and where to purchase them. Please tell your friends about this problem-even the Geeks at Best Buy do not know about this big problem. Buyer beware!
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