How to Receive Digital Signals on an Analog Portable TV

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Analog television reception has become outdated and is being replaced by digital television signals. Homes with analog televisions will either need to replace them with digital sets or purchase a digital converter. Portable TVs are not exempt and will also need a method of conversion.

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Things you need

  • Earphones
  • Digital portable TV
  • AC adapter
  • Rechargeable batteries

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    Receive Digital Signals on an Analog Portable TV

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    Purchase a portable TV that receives both analog and digital signals. This type of portable TV contains both ATSC and NTSC tuners, which allow you to receive analog and digital signals, respectively.

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    Charge the rechargeable batteries for your portable TV before your first use. To do this, place the batteries in the battery compartment behind the TV, connect the AC adapter to the TV and then to an outlet. The LED light will turn red while the batteries are charging and then turn off when they are charged. When the batteries have been charged, disconnect the AC adapter.

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    Remove the batteries if you would rather use the AC adapter. Connect the AC adapter to the portable TV and then to an outlet. Be sure that your AC adapter is the right one for your portable TV.

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    Follow the instructions in your manual to set the language, screen format and time.

  5. 5

    Turn on your portable TV and adjust your antenna. Locate the DTV/ATV button. This button switches your reception between digital and analog.

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    Slide the 'DTV/ATV' button to DTV so you can receive digital signals. Use the 'Auto' button to begin to search for digital channels and save them to memory. You can also do this in analog mode.

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    Be aware that there is no clear difference between analog and digital reception on a portable TV. The digital channels will be displayed with the same screen resolution as analog channels.

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    Refer to your TV manual for more information. You can also contact the TV manufacturer or visit the manufacturer's website.

Tips and warnings

  • Improve bad TV reception. When tuning your channels, stand near a window and point the antenna towards the window.
  • Turn your portable TV off when charging your batteries.
  • If you are having problems with your digital portable TV, take it to an authorized service technician for repair. Do not attempt to fix it yourself and avoid taking it to unlicensed technicians.
  • Turn your volume to a reasonable level when using your earphones. Listening to your portable TV at a very high volume with earphones could damage your eardrums.

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