Digital Converter Box Coupon Site

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by magnus, Jan 1, 2008.

When more information is available.... which box would you choose?

  1. DigitalSTREAM D2A1D10/D2A1D20

    10 vote(s)
    9.3%
  2. Zenith DTT900

    45 vote(s)
    42.1%
  3. Magnavox TB100MW9

    10 vote(s)
    9.3%
  4. Philco TB150HH9

    3 vote(s)
    2.8%
  5. MicroGEM MG2000

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Sansonic FT300RT

    4 vote(s)
    3.7%
  7. MaxMedia MMDTVB03

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  8. Apex DT1001

    3 vote(s)
    2.8%
  9. ECHOSTAR TR-40

    35 vote(s)
    32.7%
  10. AMTC AT-2016

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
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  1. gordonzo

    gordonzo New Member

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    after reading this thread for the third time,i decided to try to locate a rca box in minnesota.first i checked walmarts web site only to find out i could only get one at the store.then i called a dozen walmarts around se mn. and was told the rca's were all out and they only had magnovox ones.today i went into my local one and the display was a magnovox one,but when i looked on the shelf there were rca dta800.i hope this is the one you guys were talking about.
    also checked out other stores and heres what i found:
    radio shack-digital stream 59.00
    best buy-infinity 59.00
    target-ge and ventura 48.00
    also check out:
    http://www.ezdigitaltv.com/Converter_Box_Retailers.html
    https://www.ntiadtv.gov/cecb_list.cfm
    and
    https://www.dtv2009.gov/VendorSearch.aspx(includes online and stores accepting coupons)
    coupons are a credit card which you have to sign name just like regular credit cards.
     
  2. Clownpleco

    Clownpleco New Member

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    Mar 11, 2008
    Just got a pretty good deal over the phone ...

    Just talked to a TiVo support and they gave me the following info:
    1) Purchase a new series HD -249.99
    2) Free transfer of life time
    3) Possible $$$ for exchanging Series 2 for the HD.

    Just want to make sure

    1) Series HD will accept DTV signal through rabbit ears - correct?
    2) Can my old analog TV accept the signal from the Series HD TiVO?

    Thanks

    Rick
     
  3. cia_viewer

    cia_viewer New Member

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    1) : My HDTiVo accepts the same COAX input as my analog TVs and my Series 2 TiVo. (attic antenna fed through homerun with amplifier for distribution throughout our house).
    2) : I have serious doubts. Ask TiVo. I have kept my Series 2 TiVo and good analog TV with hopes of finding a CECB to work with them.
     
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    1: Yes, you can receive digital OTA with rabbit ears, provided there is enough signal. The TiVo HD will be able to use it.

    2: Yes, the TiVo HD has analog SD outputs, however only in A/V. An RF modulator (sold separately) is needed for older sets that only have RF input.
     
  5. dpecs

    dpecs New Member

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    How did you get this deal? What did you ask them? $249 for an HD Tivo & Free Transfer of Lifetime is pretty sweet. What did you mean by this "3) Possible $$$ for exchanging Series 2 for the HD."?
     
  6. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

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    Just picked up a couple of Zenith boxes from Circuit City yesterday.
     
  7. Clownpleco

    Clownpleco New Member

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    Mar 11, 2008
    Sounds like I did get lucky. Like I said, when I first called I expected to pay $200 for the transfer - at which time I would have declined. I made sure the deal was in 'writing' and called back today. They said they'd honor the deal, but there was no trade-in value for the existing Series2.

    I think I got quite the deal - will now have to tuners and HD capability.

    Counting my lucky stars.

    Rick
     
  8. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Well, as usual I get the same response from Tivo... we don't have any offers like that.


     
  9. stahta01

    stahta01 Simple Member

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    Fort Wayne,...
    I just ordered myself the Channel Master ATSC Digital Converter Box CM-7000.

    Edit: Just placed an second order for Artec T3APro this time.

    I hope one works well.

    Tim S
     
  10. sfb

    sfb New Member

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    May 22, 2008
    Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread. It was enormously helpful in getting me up to speed on the DTV transition and the hurdles involved. I've been waiting for Tivo to announce Series 1 support options, but my coupon was about to expire so I had to just take the plunge.

    Good news! I *believe* I have my Series 1 Tivo working with the Digital Stream DTX9900 from RadioShack (knock on wood).

    I followed a previous poster's advice on using 90001 & AT&T U-Verse since I'm in LA. For the IR / Cable Box setup, I tried a bunch of different manufacturers to no avail, until I hit upon one that worked: Zenith, using the "10013" code. It works with the "Fast" method of channel changing too.

    Unfortunately I don't see a way to change to the "sub-channels". But just having it work at a bare minimum has made my day, especially after all the agonizing hours of research! :)

    Anyway, I wanted to post this in case it helps anyone else out! And if anyone finds a better method of channel changing with this setup, let me know.

    Cheers,
    sfb
     
  11. jd1123

    jd1123 New Member

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    i also have a series 1 tivo with a Digital stream dtv9900, but i could not get Zenith"10013" code to work, is there something i may be doing wrong. Thanks in advance
     
  12. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Ontario Canada.
    Try LG codes.
     
  13. sfb

    sfb New Member

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    Are the IR emitters lined up to the sensors on the DTX9900? I had to readjust mine to get it working.

    I haven't tried the LG codes, but might try switching if it makes the channels change any faster. The latency is pretty brutal.

    Cheers,
    sfb
     
  14. SHook

    SHook New Member

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    Oct 11, 2004
    FWIW, based on the information here I have successfully setup a RCA DTA800 with a basic RCA attenna (rabbit ears and loop) with a Series 2.

    I re-ran guided setup choosing 'cable box' (type RCA) and using a local cable provider channel listing which matches the stations and 00 (two digit) channel format. IR blaster changes to major channels (04 for 4-1, 05 for 5-1 etc.) -- its takes a good 2-3 seconds for the tivo to issue the change command and the DTA800 to actually change the channel.

    Though, like magnus said, I can't tune 4-2, 4-3, etc. because there is no way to do this. Also some channel / guide listings don't match some of the higher numbered stations e.g. 31-1 so I can't record unless I set up as a manual recording.

    Thanks to magnus and others for their postings here - I wouldn't have tried it unless I saw that others had success.
     
  15. cia_viewer

    cia_viewer New Member

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    Can you give any more details about how well the TiVo's IR Blaster works to control the CECB's powering up and changing channels (e,g,: 4-1, 31-1)
     
  16. SHook

    SHook New Member

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    Oct 11, 2004
    (I think others have posted this, but) I changed the configuration setting on the DTA800 to leave the box powered on all the time (24 x 7) -- so once I got the channel changing to work through guided set up I was done.

    I'll look into trying it with the power off in the next week or so and post results. Guess it'd be more 'green' of me if I could power it down when not in use.
     
  17. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    It does not change the channel or even turn on the box when in standby mode.

     
  18. sfb

    sfb New Member

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    Ah yes, I had to change this setting on the DTX9900 as well, after discovering some snowy recordings. Has to be always on since TiVo's always on.

    Cheers,
    sfb
     
  19. flikhem

    flikhem Member

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    Las Vegas, NV
    I, too, have had success with two RCA DTA800s on two different Series2 TiVos. I had to use a satellite channel line-up, and then delete a zillion channels from TiVo, but it's working. The only problem I've encountered is my primary PBS station is 10-2, and the TiVo only tells the box 10, so it goes to 10-1. I can live with that, until the update, this summer.

    Now my question: Why is the RCA DTA800 so difficult to find? A month ago, when I rec'd my coupons, my local Wal-mart had at least 50 of them. Now I need two more for my 80 year-old parents in Ohio, and they say none of the Wal-marts or any other stores have them. None of the Wal-marts I've checked near me have them either. I have several coupons from various family members, the earliest expire 07/03/08. I suspect (hope) that they will still be accepted after that. By the way, I accidentally double registered my father, so he rec'd two sets of coupons. So much for the "two per household" limit.

    I like the simplicity of the DTA800, and don't want anything else for my parents. I guess I'll just have to keep checking different Wal-marts randomly. Wal-mart's site now says "not available online" and "not available in stores"!
     
  20. cia_viewer

    cia_viewer New Member

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    Mar 11, 2008
    The RCA DTA800B models have this capsulized description: NoPassThru;NoEZAdd;Now/NextEPG

    Whereas the RCA DTA800B1: PassThru;NoEZAdd;Now/NextEPG

    I have been looking for a DTA800B1 because our two most important (PBS) channels are not 'delivering' DTV signals to our area, yet and we need to 'Pass Through' the existing analog signal for the rest of this year...

    Have you found any way to 'add channels' without erasing the previous 'autoscan' results? (e.g.: find channels, turn antenna, add more channels)

    Could they be trying to clean out the DTA800B supply before bring in the DTA800B1s?

    I have been trying out a Magnavox TB100MG9 PassThru;EZAdd(ScanUpdt), but its 'PassThru' is so contorted that I do not think TiVo's IR Blaster could hope to cope with it.

    I am assuming you have your TiVo - IR Blaster operating your DTA800B to record programs.
     

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