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RCA DTA800 Digital Converter for Analog TVs Updated, Delayed

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We kinda forgot all about this little box for old folks with old TVs that was announced way back at CES and promised by the end of this year. It's got a fresh paint job and later street date (January), dropping a little more than a year before analog broadcasts shutdown in 2009 in favor of all-digital broadcasts, which your TV can't pick up if it's not digital—unless you have this digital converter box or one like it. If you don't wanna roll down to Best Buy for a new TV, you can knock $40 off the DTA800 and keep on trucking with your grandma TV. More pictures:

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@kc2idf: The thing with these receivers is that for them to qualify for the subsidy program, they have to be limited to very basic features, pretty much just RCA and analog RF outputs. The official NTIA specs (linked below, scroll down thru article a ways) don't explicitly state no S-Vid, but they don't allow anything else. The whole purpose of the tuner subsidy really is for Granny and Jeb out in the sticks, and will be of little use for most of us. I'm sure a lot of us may end up picking one up for the TV in the garage or the game room, motorhome, whatever, but if you're looking to actually watch in HD, you're better off jumping on with the DTB-H260 from Samsung, which I've got and found usually recieves digital better than the analog tuner in my old ReplayTV, split from the same antenna.

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