AccessHD DTA-1020U DTV Converter

AccessHD DTA-1020U

AccessHD offers two models of their series 1020 DTV Converters. This is the medium priced version. The primary difference between this model and the 1020D is one includes a universal remote and other one doesn’t. This model is typically priced around $10 more than the DTA-1020D, this increase in price covers the Universal Remote, this is fairly inexpensive considering the price of standard universal remotes which may or may not work with your new DTV converter box. You can view the specifics of the Universal Remote below.

This model is the lower priced version which does not include the universal remote. The major value in using a universal remote is its ability be used with other devices. If you are looking for the Access HD model that includes the Universal Remote you are looking for the
AccessHD DTA-1020D.

This medium cost converter is great for providing a way to use your old analog television with the new Digital Broadcast signals. This converter receives both off-air UHF and VHF digital television stations.

The Access HD DTA-1020U converter is fairly easy to set up. This device is used by connecting your current antenna to the back of the unit and it will convert all of your local OTA (Over the Air) Broadcast stations into analog TV format. Then this converter is simply hooked to your TV by standard composite video cables (RCA). For more information on how to set up DTV Converters you can review the DTV Converter Installation Guide.


  • Universal Remote
  • Multi-language: English, Spanish, French
  • Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB) - NTIA Approved
  • Receives and Displays All 18 ATSC Formats
  • Sleep Timer
  • Composite Video Jack
  • Closed Captioning
  • Stereo Audio Jacks
  • Remote Control
  • Coaxial Cable
  • V-Chip
  • Smart Antenna Port
  • External Power Adapter

Additional Information

Manufacturer: AccessHD
Model #: DTA1020U
Dimensions: 5″W x 5″D x 1.3″H
Weight:1 lbs

Model 1020u Universal Remote Control Features:

AccessHD DTA-1020U Universal Remote

  • Controls the Access HD model 1020 converter plus a TV and one
    AUX device.
  • User programmable macros.
  • LEDs for mode indication under a translucent keypad.
  • Volume punch through allows access to TV and AUX volume control
  • World’s largest IR code database supporting 500 brands and over
    1000 codes.
  • Compatible with more than 93% of all IR remote controlled products
    sold in North America.
  • Most comprehensive device compatibility available in the marketplace.
  • Compatible with the latest plasma and LCD televisions as well as
    leading satellite and cable systems.
  • Advanced code search feature.
  • Uses XMP-1 IR protocol to communicate with Access HD model
    1020 converter.
    without changing modes.
  • 64k flash micro-controller.
  • Low battery voltage indicator light.
  • Includes 2 AA batteries.
  • Free website support.
  • Call center support.
  • 2 year limited warranty.
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    1. Mike Muttleg Said,

      July 24, 2008 @ 5:32 am

      Appreciate the helpful insights for my own info site. A few brands of TV converters like Access HD and RCA have _several models_ with slightly different letters appended to slightly different model numbers - and makes it hard for the consumer to decide what really are the differences between conversion boxes. A *Universal Remote* included wit this 1020U model really is really worth the extra $10 and this model could really help people simplify and consolidate the clutter of television remotes too many people have in their living rooms.

    2. Sydney Tegeler Said,

      August 12, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

      Are there any converter boxes which can receive Digital High Definition *and* output Analog High Definition?

    3. Johanna Said,

      October 13, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

      I have an AccessHD DTA 1020 box and an Insignia converter box. The Access version doesn’t get nearly the channels that the Insignia model does — and I’m talking on the same tv in the same location with the same antenna. I am VERY disappointed in it.

    4. ElGato Said,

      November 3, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

      Johanna - good point. There can be a noticeable difference in SIGNAL SENSITIVITY between different brands and models of tuners. Not just DTV converter boxes, but the tuners built into VCR’s or PC and Mac TV tuner sticks for watching TV on a computer. Some are simply more sensitive than others. Unfortunately it’s not till you buy a TV gizmo ‘X’ that you might find out it can’t pull in television signals as well as gizmo ‘Y’ can using the exact same antenna.

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