I have tried a number of them, and can offer the following advice.
1) Try the remote for the "feel".... I like a nice, crisp, tactile
and fine the mushy feel of the Motorola unit to be objectionable.
2) Check the operation of the "program guide". Some models only
show what is playing now, and others will allow the user to scale
ahead for several hours, much like the DISHNETWORK system....
3) Analog passthru will only be useful for the next 6 months and
that there will be no more analog. While it is an annoyance now,
the DTV box will be needed as long as your analog TV lasts, which
could be another 20 years, so I don't , personally, see this as
deal breaker, especially considering the other features we will
using for the life of the unit.
4) If you are going to use the unit in a vehicle , boat, or RV, you
to get a model that can also be used on 12Volts. There is only
that I'm aware of. I think it's the TIVAX STB-T9, but I may be
mis-remembering. You can google "12 Volt DTV Converter" and
you'll probly be able to verify that.
5) After you make your choice, consider buying over the internet.
The costs, including shipping, are about the same as the
in-store costs , and you have a much wider variety to choose
Just some advice from one who has been there and done that.
Andy in Eureka, Texas
On Aug 29, 5:42 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike S.) wrote:
Or repeaters. We have a cabin near Flagstaff AZ. After the switchover,
TVFool indicates that there will be 3 digital stations (we have only
been able to receive 2 reliably), and the 5 or 6 repeaters of Phoenix
stations that we currently receive will still be around. If you're in
the boonies and currently receive repeaters, after the switch, you can
either do without the digital box and still watch the repeaters, or
buy a digital box with analog passthrough and watch them all. If you
have a friend with a digital box, ask to borrow it for a day and see
if you get a reliable digital signal in your area.
Ayup...and some who will be making the switch and are on the fringes
their answer when asked if current folks who are receiving their analog
signals will continue to be able to are answering "We don't know" which
is pretty much what the models are saying--it's fringe and it's
anybody's guess how successful any particular location is going to be...
Wal-mart is now carrying RCA converter boxes that support analog
passthrough. I believe the model number is DTA-800b1, as opposed to
DTA-800 for the model without passthrough. The packaging looks almost
the same but mentions the passthrough.
Just got a Zenith at Circuit City. It works well, has pass thru, you can
see program listing of both the current station and other stations on screen
without changing the channel. Automatic channel search, signal strength
indicator, and many display modes (automatic, increase vertical to fit,
shrink horizontal to fit). Definitely recommend.
Mostly yes, and a little no. A converter box is mostly an ATSC tuner.
Like any such, it will work for only ONE channel at a time. You need a
converter for each TV unless you always watch the same channel on each
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