Did We Purchase The Right Digital TV Converter Box For Our RV
I was recently told that not all dtv converter boxes are good to travel with. After the initial set up with the box, it will not work if you take it to a new city. I looked at a manual of a very popular dtv box and it did say if you take it to a new city you will need to contact the digital signal provider to find out how to re-access the initial start up menu on the box.
We purchased a box to put in our rv, do you know anything about this confusing situation, so we can purchase a box that will travel with us without anything more than a channel search?
ANSWER Greetings Danielle thanks for submitting your question on our free Ask An RV Question Page.
This is the first time that I have heard of any DTV Converter Box not having the ability to rescan channels after initial setup. Every DTV Converter Box I have looked up has the ability of rescanning the channels any time you want.
On the remote control of these boxes is a button titled either "Menu", "Setup", "CH Scan" etc. When you go to the menu, it gives you the option of scanning the channels.
In fact, even the official US Government website for DTV Conversion www.dtv.gov
urges you rescan the channels frequently. Here is a direct quote from their troubleshooting section:
"Perform a Channel Scan Let The Good Sam Extended Service Plan Pay Your RV Repair Bills
*Digital-to-analog converter boxes and digital televisions have a button, usually on the remote control, that is labeled “set-up” or “menu” or some similar term. Press that button to access the set-up menu.
Using the directional arrow buttons on your remote, scroll to the option that allows you to perform a “channel scan.” The channel scan will search for digital broadcast channels that are available in your area. Consult the owner’s manual of your digital-to-analog converter box or digital television for detailed instructions on how to perform a channel scan for your device. Once the channel scan is complete, you will be able to tune to the digital channels received by your antenna.
*You should perform a channel scan periodically to check whether additional digital channels have become available."
Now for a manufacturer to disable or only allow you to do a channel scan once, would be defeating the whole purpose of the box. The only advice I can give anyone is to ensure that the box that they are buying allows channel scans to be performed anytime they want.
Another important option on any DTV Converter Box that is going to be installed in an RV is that it has the option of Analog Pass Through
. The Analog Pass Through option allows your RV's existing DVD, VCR or Cable signals to get to your RVs TV when the DTV Converter Box is turned off.Are you paying too much for your RV Insurance? Click here for a free quote from Good Sam
Thanks to questions such as yours, we have quite a few mini-tutorials on DTV Converter Boxes and RVs. If you still have questions on this subject, please visit the following pages on our site: Does Our RV Need A Digital TV Converter box?
and How Do I Install A Digital TV Converter Box In My RV?
My personal recommendation for a DTV Converter Box is the Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box
It is highly rated by its owners and it seems to pull in more channels than other DTV boxes I have tried. It also has analog pass through which is a must have option for any DTV Converter Box you buy.
I hope we have cleared up some of the confusion you may have had with the Digital TV Conversion. If any of our visitors have addtional information they would like to add they can do so by clicking on the Click Here To Post A Comment link on the bottom of this page.
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