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Digital Converter Boxes unreliable ?

by Golme27 / September 22, 2010 6:38 AM PDT

I know this topic isn't popular but I could use some help and info.
My first converter lasted almost 1.5 yrs. then abruptly stopped working, a Magnavox. The second, a Apex just gave up the ghost.
I checked online and signal is there so now I?ve got questions on the reliability of these products.

I?m happy with free TV, don?t need the 100+ channels happy with just the local but this is a problem.
Does anyone have some stats on digital converter boxes is my problem isolated?

Also I can?t figure out if any new TV?s out there have built-in converter boxes and would they just stop working as well?

Anyone got ideas?

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Free tv doesn't have to mean old TV.
by ahtoi / September 22, 2010 9:53 AM PDT

I doubt they are still making anymore analog TV now unless you get one from the second hand market. Most likely all TV now are digital tv which doesn't require a converter box.

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Digital Converter Boxes unreliable ?
by Golme27 / September 23, 2010 6:42 AM PDT

Great info, thanks.

I also found feed back from other Apex users and the units are just trash, all seem to fail very quickly.

IMO most of the converter boxes manufactered early-on were done so in haste. Radio Shack has a Digital Stream that is more in line with those of us that want free TV all the time, not a back-up system, and you can by a extended warrenty.

I can now wait for my analog TV to die in due course.

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How big is your TV?
by jcrobso / September 24, 2010 1:28 AM PDT

HDTV in the 26"to 32" size are some what low cost.
A 26" is about $300 and has digital and analog tuners.

Yes, so many of the converter boxes where junk, they were just rushed to the market.

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time for an upgrade
by maximuss2225 / September 24, 2010 9:57 AM PDT

It looks like your best option here is to replace your TV for a current model. You really don't have to pay that much for any size TV as other posters have suggested.

I understand the reluctance to replace something that "works" but in reality analog TV's at this point don't really work. Even with a converter box you are still not able to view HD signals (which make up for 80%+ of programing), it cannot decode 5.1 audio (most new tv's have digital outs so you can use surround sound without paying for cable), it forces the original signal to be compressed and reformatted to 4:3 aspect ratio making the picture totally out of proportion. IMO the conversion to a different aspect ration is the biggest issue, it makes people look too thin and very tall among other inaccuracies.

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Digital Converter Boxes unreliable ?
by Golme27 / September 24, 2010 6:55 PM PDT
In reply to: time for an upgrade

Oh how fantastic, thanks!

I agree and perhaps I?ll push more into this vein of free TV.
Locally I get 13 stations in English, of those only two show movies on Sat., one on Sun.,
Sporting events are fun but I?m not that much into sports that HD would matter, and HD is cool for sports, the rest is academic.

Your right TV prices have my respect, less then $500.00 would buy a good one until the next 3D thingy comes along, and my 7.1 surround sound might even work with both, love THX. DVD's still look and sound great!
Realize the broadcast limitations and what?s aired and the fact that I?m happy with a analog picture decoded for the crap that is produced either for free, as I have it, or for money and their proportions remain the equal.
I think we all miss-out on what TV could be by degrees but I refuse to upgrade till necessary, and oh my, when I HAVE to I could skip some technology.

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