How to Set Up Your Digital Converter Box

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

On February 17, 2009 KKCO will be shutting of its analog signal, completing the digital transition -- so experts say if you haven't hooked up your digital converter box yet, now is the time to do it. But many say it's figuring out how to hook up the box that's the problem. Click here to learn how.

With only two weeks to go before the DTV switch, many viewers who get channels through an antenna say they've taken the first step to get their TVs ready, by buying a digital converter box. But they say it's what comes after that that's leaving them scratching their heads.

"The instructions that are in the box don't give you a clue as to how to do it," said Grand Valley resident Julia Quinn.

"Our box setup was causing me some confusion with the connections," said Grand Valley resident Rod.

That could lead to some big problems come February 17.

"I think a lot of people are going to be without TV," said Quinn. "That's what I think."

But to make sure that doesn't happen, here are step by step instructions on how to hook up your box:

1.) Before you get started, experts say you want to make sure you have a good working antenna. They recommend using an outdoor antenna if you can get one.

2.) First, unplug the antenna cable from the back of your TV. Take that cable and connect it to the port on the back of your converter box that says "Antenna In" or "RF in."

3.) Now you can do one of two things. Inside the converter box packaging, you should find a small black cable. Connect one end of the cable to the port on the back of the converter box that says "TV Out."

OR --

You can use an audio-video cable, plugging the red, white, and yellow cords into the red, white, and yellow ports on the back of your converter box.

4.) Once you do that plug the other end of the cord into the back of the TV. If you use the small black cable, connect the other end of the cord into the "Antenna In" port (where you originally unplugged your antenna cord from).

If you use the audio-video cable, connect the other end of the cord into the corresponding red, white, and yellow ports on the back of the TV.

5.) Now the converter box is connected. Plug the converter box in. Then turn your TV on to Channel 3, or whatever channel you use for your VCR or DVD player. If you use the audio-video cables, you will need to switch your TV into video mode.

6.) Once you're on the right channel turn your converter box on.

7.) Using the remote control that came with your converter box, hit the menu button. Use the arrow keys on the remote to scroll until you find the "Channel Search" or "Scan" option. Hit Enter on your remote. Experts say many converter boxes will automatically go to this screen when they are turned on for the first time.

8.) What you're seeing is your TV searching for the digital channel signals in the area. Once the search is done, you're all set, and can use the converter box remote to go to your favorite channels. You can watch KKCO NBC 11 on digital channel 11-1.

If you're having a hard time getting signals, experts say you may need to adjust your antenna, move it to a place where it can get a better signal, or buy a new one all together.

For more help or information on digital converter boxes, click on the link below.

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