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Does Our RV Need A Digital TV Converter box?

by Dolly
(Pomona, NJ ,USA)

I'm still confused about the digital TV thing. Our 2006 unit is cable and internet ready, but if we are not at a campground do we need a converter to pick up TV signals after Feb?

Important Update 05/26/09: Towards the bottom of this page are whole bunch of links that give you instructions on how to install a Digital to Analog TV Converter Box in your RV or home, How to get a better signal to your converter box, etc.

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There is a lot of confusion about the change to Digital broadcast TV scheduled to take place on June 12, 2009.

If you do not have a TV with a digital tuner, you will not be able to receive any stations when using an antenna, all you will get is snow. If you are at a campground with cable TV, you will be able to receive TV, whether your TV has a digital tuner or an analog tuner. Since your RV is a 2006 model, there is a pretty good chance that you will need a Digital TV Converter Box for each TV in your RV to watch TV using an antenna.

Let me take this opportunity to give you my personal recommendation for a Digital TV Converter Box if you end up needing one. My personal recommendation is the Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box which is very highly rated by its owners and it seems to pull in more channels than other DTV boxes we have tried. It also has analog pass through which is a must have option for any DTV Converter Box you buy.

Now continuing on; the government required that all TVs sold after March 1, 2007, had to have digital tuners. Your TVs in your RV were manufactured before that.

You say that your RV is "cable and internet ready". Unfortunately that does not mean that it is Digital TV ready. It simply means that the cable and wiring to hook up your TV and computer were included when they constructed the unit.

The first thing I would do is find the owner's manual for your TV/TVs. The manual will tell you specifically if it has a digital tuner. If you do not see anything in the manual about a digital tuner, then you will need a Digital to Analog TV Converter Box.

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If you are still are not sure, try to find the model number of your TV (this is sometimes hard in an RV because the TVs are usually built into a cabinet). Once you find the model number, go to the TV Manufacturers website and look up the specifications for your TV. If the Specs do not mention "digital tuner" then, you will need a converter box.

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I certainly hope that we have given you the information you needed.

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