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I heard on tv that we are supposed to buy a digital converter box that has both NTSC and ATSC tuners or it’s a hoax box.

Kathy recently posted a question:

“I heard on tv that we are supposed to buy a digital converter box that has both NTSC and ATSC tuners or it’s a hoax box. When I ask this question at Best Buy and Radio Shack and other places; no one can give me a clear answer as to whether their boxes have both tuners. What boxes have both tuners and what exactly are both tuners? And why do we need both tuners? I have an older model (#CF1927B) Toshiba, cable ready tv; and I hook up to VHF/UHF antenna. I just ordered and received a DTX9950 converter box from Radio Shack and was told this would work for me. (The clerk said the NTSC tuner was analog built into my tv.) Will this box work for me? Thanks for any answers you can give me to clear up this two tuner question. Kathy Payne.”

Hello Kathy, and thank you for visiting!

I believe you have been misinformed by the clerks at Radio Shack, so I’ll try to cover all of your questions.


“I heard on tv that we are supposed to buy a digital converter box that has both NTSC and ATSC tuners or it’s a hoax box.”
This is not true, digital converter boxes that are equipped with an ATSC tuner allow you to view digital television. This is the most important option to look for when ordering or purchasing a digital converter.

The NTSC option is also known as analog pass-through allows you to continue to receive the old analog broadcast (up until February 17th, 2009). This option is not mandatory since you will no longer be able to receive analog broadcasts after the Feb 2009 digital transition.

“I just ordered and received a DTX9950 converter box from Radio Shack and was told this would work for me.”
The Digital Stream DTX9950 is equipped with both the NTSC and ATSC tuners, so this converter box will work just fine for receiving both digital and analog broadcasts. Another nice feature is its signal strength meter (for antenna placement and adjustment), which is displayed in the program info box. You’ll also be pleased with the remote control button layout. Looks like a great converter box, let us know how it works out if you get a chance,

Good luck, hope this helped,

Jay

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