Still waiting for my guvamint coupons, as well as a new TV antenna
later today, but in the meantime .... I assume that if I want to
program & record a show, the converter box should be attached to the
VCR for recording, and if I want to watch a program thru the TV itself
rather than watching thru the VCR, the converter should be attached to
the TV. Is that your understanding?
Just remember one important fact, the converter box will only tune ONE
channel at a time so your ability to record one show while watching
another will NOT be possible unless you have TWO convert boxes. I
will also caution that unless substantial improvements have been made
in the antenna and converter boxes in the last year, your reception is
likely to be spotty. When you get a good signal, the picture is great
but getting a good signal isn't guaranteed. I used one of the
converter boxes with a 27in HD monitor and was anything but happy with
the results. Living in the middle of the DFW Metroplex and was only
able to pickup about 1/2 the local digital signals.
but will the DTV converter respond to those codes?
I have a fairly recent universal remote that won't talk to my Magnavox DTV
also a Hitachi VCR with the "blaster",but I haven't tried that with the DTV
A digital Personal Video Recorder (PVR) can be programmed just like a VCR to
turn on, change channels and record the desired program. They have two
tuners so you can watch a different channel if you like or you can record
two programs at the same time.
Has anyone been successful at doing this with a coupon-worthy DTV converter
I know the DTVboxes have only been available for a short time.
I'm wondering if the IR codes the VCR/DVD recorders use are current enough
for the newer DTVboxes.My Hitachi VCR has the IR 'blaster',but I haven't
gotten the manual out to see if it will set up the DTVbox.
so what's that got to do with DTV converter boxes?
Of course,you could buy one of those PVRs instead of 2 converters,but
probably at a much higher price.
My Magnavox TB100MW9 DTVbox manual mentions using "set top box" codes used
by satellite or cable boxes to control the DTV converter,but a fairly new
(yr old) universal remote(non-"learning") I have would not talk to the DTV
box.Perhaps newer universals,particularly the more expensive ones,would
talk to the DTVboxes,and be programmable.
My much older Hitachi VCR has the "IR blaster" feature,but I have not yet
tried to use it to activate and control the DTV box.
I suspect it too will not talk to the DTVbox.
Requested mine as soon as they started taking applications. Received
about 3 weeks ago. With the coupons was a short list of stores,
complete with addresses, that should be selling the boxes. Went to the
corner Walmart and redeemed for 2 of whatever was in stock (believe it
was RCA). Tax is charged on the pre-coupon price. Final cost was ((2x
$50) + 8% tax)-$80 = $28 for the 2 boxes.
Have heard that there will be some $40 boxes coming out in the summer,
which makes the box cost ~$3.20 after tax.
You have a 90 day window to use the coupons. So, you might want to
hold on to your coupons for a month or so after you get them, see if
you find any of those $40 boxes.
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