RCA DTA800B DTV Converter


The RCA DTA800B DTV Converter by RCA, is a moderately priced convert box. It has all the normal features required by the ATSC and NTIA. This converter can be bought with the government subsidized coupon. This converter also has an electronic programming guide which displays one day in advance.


  • NTIA Approved Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)
  • Receives and Displays All 18 ATSC Formats
  • Includes Signal Strength Meeter
  • Composite Video Jack (Yellow RCA Plug)
  • Stereo Audio Jacks (Red & White RCA Plugs)
  • 75 ohm RF Video/Audio Jack (Coaxial Cable)
  • Remote Control
  • Closed Captioning
  • V-Chip
  • Sleep Timer

Additional Information

Manufacturer: RCA
Model #:DTA800B

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  1. Dave Said,

    June 9, 2008 @ 9:16 am

    This box has worked OK for me, though it has a few quirks. It is slower than the Magnavox TB100MG9 in switching between stations, especially if one of the stations is not coming in ( a common occurance since we live 60-90 miles from stations). The receiver sensitivity is equal to the Magnavox and the RCA’s remote is far better, with the channel up/down buttons easy and comfortable to use. Occasionally the sound will lock out while channel surfing and I have to switch to the menu page and back again to get the audio to return. For the money, the RCA is a good unit.

  2. Robin Said,

    June 14, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    Bought this for my 85 year old mother, since her TV is an RCA, and the remote on this unit will power the TV on/off (at least that’s how it works for her). I liked the on-screen setup better than the Digital stream (I bought for my TV in the garage). I upgraded her rabbit ears to an RCA pair and that did make a bit of difference — was able to pick up the local PBS station which was important to her. The older rabbit ears worked, but did not pick up the PBS station.

  3. joe Said,

    July 6, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

    There is no stereo output on the RF signal.
    I was unable to program the remote to access my Polaroid TV.

  4. Juanita Stovall Said,

    August 1, 2008 @ 7:07 am

    When we received coupons for a converter box we also received a list of area stores to use coupons and purchase converters. WalMart was listed as a dealer. We happened to be in a town with a WalMart and checked to see if they had a converter. We purchased two converters. They both worked OK for awhile, then one day we had no audio when viewing CBS. All other channels were fine. We worked with this every way we could figure out, NO RESULTS! We called our area CBS station, thinking perhaps there was a problem there. We were told that the RCA unit was a “cheap one” and it tends to get confused and we should un-install and re-install and all would be fine, but they indicated we should have purchased a more expensive unit. We have tried everything imaginable, still no audio for CBS.I have just now read Dave’s comments above, so tried his solution, NO RESULTS! What do you suggest? If we have to buy a more expensive unit we will have to pay full price, as we have already used our coupons.

  5. Jesse @ RCA DTA800B Said,

    October 23, 2008 @ 9:40 am


    I don’t know if there is much you can do besides get another converter box that is more expensive. Dish Network just came out with a new converter box that has an enhanced tuner that should pick up signals better.

    I would suggest trying to find a friend who isn’t going to use their coupons and ask them to apply for them and then they can give them to you. I’m sure you have some friends who have newer digital TVs are that subscribe to cable.

  6. Eamonn Schreiner Said,

    November 18, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

    You should have or need to purchase the RCA DTA800B1. It has been upgraded and corrected the problems with previous models.
    The RCA unit was rated the top DTV converter by CNET and easiest to use by senior citizens.

  7. A Rodgers Said,

    November 28, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

    Where can you get this RCA DTA800B1 - and don’t say Walmart, because those in the mid-east don’t have the RCA and you can’t order it online. Amazon.com is out, etc.

  8. Best-TV-Converter-Box-Site Said,

    December 14, 2008 @ 5:24 am

    Manufacturers REVISE circuitry in products over it’s lifetime. Consumers can’t see it but a TV converter boxes circuitry may go thru Revision A, Rev B, Rev C under the hood resulting in a more reliable, better performing product over time as the manufacturing process and components used are refined. This happens while vastly improved 2nd generation TV converter boxes with better reception, improved firmware ‘brains’ with less bugs, and additional DTV features are developed, tested - and eventually reach the marketplace.

    In a nutshell, the first generation CEBC’s shipping are getting better. (And it pays to buy from a HIGH-VOLUME reseller like Amazon likely to have stock of _the most current revision_ onhand.) And new, better second generation boxes perhaps like the Apex DT502 will arrive as the current DT250 is phased out.

    Given how low-cost DTA converters are, try and buy one - any one to experience the HD TV transition - then later in 2009, much-much better boxes will arrive in quantity which may be the box you use for years to come.

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