How to Unscramble Digital TV Signals

Updated April 17, 2017

Since TV has gone digital, analogue TVs no longer work for the digital signals used to broadcast television. This doesn't mean you need to feel pressured into buying a new TV. You can bring your analogue TV back to use by installing a digital converter box to your TV. A digital converter box hooks up to your TV much the same as a VCR or cable box, so you don't need any tools. The process only takes minutes to complete.

Connect the antenna to the RF (radio frequency) port on the back of the digital converter box labelled "Antenna In." The digital converter box is not an antenna and requires one in order to catch the TV signals.

Connect the coaxial cable, included with the digital converter box, to the RF port labelled "Antenna Out" on the converter box. Plug the other end of the coaxial cable into the RF port labelled "Antenna In" on the TV.

Plug the power cord of the converter box into the electrical wall outlet and turn the power on. Turn the TV on and set the channel to Channel 3. You will need to keep the TV on Channel 3 and change the channel from the converter box. The volume can be controlled from both the TV and the converter box.

Things You'll Need

  • Antenna
  • Digital converter box
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Jason Cooley began writing in 2005 as the owner of a personal-training business, authoring advertising copy and business contracts. He has since served as a writer with Oral B and On Top of My Diabetes.