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Old 07-18-2018, 12:52 PM
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RCA DTA800 DTV convertor.

I just picked up an RCA DTV convertor.
I never saw one like this and never knew they existed. It's about 2/3 the size of the earlier models and the remote is tiny and uses a coin battery that was included. The remote has several buttons on it like a DVD. I thought it was just a universal type remote so it could be used with an RCA DVD player.
I read the instructions, which is out of character for me and you can use it to record. It has a USB port on the side, which the instructions say that it could be used with an external hard drive. It also stated a memory stick.
I just happened to have a 64G stick on hand. The thing really works slick. The quality is really great! It can also be programed like a VCR, one day, one event only.
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Old 07-19-2018, 10:43 AM
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I have an almost identical looking box that's branded Sylvania. It was probably made by the same company. It's a nifty product, although it does suffer from some software bugs. Sometimes the sound gets distorted and requires a power cycle. Also, the USB recording on a timer isn't something you want to rely on. It is an easy way to capture a live TV recording that you want to save or transfer to your computer.

It can also play downloaded and ripped videos from a USB drive. It will even play files ripped from a Blu-ray disc, but it can't decode the advanced audio tracks (it's limited to regular Dolby digital).
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:06 AM
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I have an almost identical looking box that's branded Sylvania. It was probably made by the same company. It's a nifty product, although it does suffer from some software bugs. Sometimes the sound gets distorted and requires a power cycle. Also, the USB recording on a timer isn't something you want to rely on. It is an easy way to capture a live TV recording that you want to save or transfer to your computer.

It can also play downloaded and ripped videos from a USB drive. It will even play files ripped from a Blu-ray disc, but it can't decode the advanced audio tracks (it's limited to regular Dolby digital).
I never tried the timed recording. I just hit the record button when I want to save something.
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Old 07-21-2018, 10:55 AM
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I have an almost identical looking box that's branded Sylvania. It was probably made by the same company. It's a nifty product, although it does suffer from some software bugs. Sometimes the sound gets distorted and requires a power cycle. Also, the USB recording on a timer isn't something you want to rely on. It is an easy way to capture a live TV recording that you want to save or transfer to your computer.

It can also play downloaded and ripped videos from a USB drive. It will even play files ripped from a Blu-ray disc, but it can't decode the advanced audio tracks (it's limited to regular Dolby digital).
Made a mistake on the model number, it's DTA880.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:20 PM
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I have an almost identical looking box that's branded Sylvania. It was probably made by the same company. It's a nifty product, although it does suffer from some software bugs. Sometimes the sound gets distorted and requires a power cycle. Also, the USB recording on a timer isn't something you want to rely on. It is an easy way to capture a live TV recording that you want to save or transfer to your computer.

It can also play downloaded and ripped videos from a USB drive. It will even play files ripped from a Blu-ray disc, but it can't decode the advanced audio tracks (it's limited to regular Dolby digital).
You're right on your observation! There must be a software glitch as one time the unit wouldn't respond to the remote commands. I cycled the power and everything seems OK.
The remote uses a 3 volt coin battery that I can't buy from Dollartree. The ones they have aren't the proper ones.
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Old 12-13-2018, 12:03 PM
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I have an almost identical looking box that's branded Sylvania. It was probably made by the same company. It's a nifty product, although it does suffer from some software bugs. Sometimes the sound gets distorted and requires a power cycle. Also, the USB recording on a timer isn't something you want to rely on. It is an easy way to capture a live TV recording that you want to save or transfer to your computer.

It can also play downloaded and ripped videos from a USB drive. It will even play files ripped from a Blu-ray disc, but it can't decode the advanced audio tracks (it's limited to regular Dolby digital).
I just bought another type of DTV converter and recorder, this one from Best Buy. It's branded Aluretech or ???. It seems to be a little better unit than the RCA. It also plays back the memory chips recorded on the RCA.
I can't believe the quality of the recordings.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:35 PM
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What format do these DTV converter-recorders save the video to? Is it some proprietary thing that's not intended to be copied and/or used on a PC?
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Old 12-13-2018, 05:11 PM
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What format do these DTV converter-recorders save the video to? Is it some proprietary thing that's not intended to be copied and/or used on a PC?
I forget the file format, but the files are playable in a PC. It just saves the raw MPEG 2 data without any recompression, so it will look as good as the original broadcast.
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Made a mistake on the model number, it's DTA880.
Funny this topic should come up now, i have the EXACT same unit my brother ran across in a box of random crap. No remote or power supply, i subbed a power supply but dont have a remote. What i can work with from the front panel, it seems superior to the DTA 800 i currently use.. Neat little unit, i bet it could be wired to a 12v analog portable tv making it DTV compliant...

I may have to track down a whole unit in the near future..

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Old Yesterday, 11:24 AM
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Funny this topic should come up now, i have the EXACT same unit my brother ran across in a box of random crap. No remote or power supply, i subbed a power supply but dont have a remote. What i can work with from the front panel, it seems superior to the DTA 800 i currently use.. Neat little unit, i bet it could be wired to a 12v analog portable tv making it DTV compliant...

I may have to track down a whole unit in the near future..

SR
This new rig I bought has a built in 100 to 240 volt power supply, but it's another one that needs a dedicated remote.
The RCA DTA880 remote is a real small thing that uses a coin battery.
I bought my RCA at my favorite charity thrift for a buck. Someone evidently tried it and didn't want to fool with it. I didn't even know they existed.
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