The "coincidence" of not finding an HDTV converter box for under the $40.00 amount that you receive from the government is not so subtle to me. Does anyone know what's in the box and can you devise your own at home?
Let's see $9.87 after coupon:
Digital TV Receiver
All channel Tuner 2-69
Display all DTV formats
Display all multicast channels
Display program information (PSIP)
Closed-captioning for the hearing impaired
RF Input F connector
3 x RCA Output
Basic remote control
Digital parental control
Sure you could build a simpler one of your own with about $200 worth of electronics, including a digital TV tuner & RF modulator and everything else in between and a few hours of your time...
I have checked at all of the outlets listed with the government coupons. The cheapest price is 49.99 at Wal-Mart for a Magnovox. The other outlets (best Buy, Radio Shack, Circuit City)want 59.00; they are different brands, however, with Zenith at Circuit City and I don't recall the other ones. I am going to buy a Magnavox that will allow both analog and digital signals thru; most models do not...
I picked up one of the $59.99 Insignia NS-DXA1 tuners from Best Buy. I used one of my two $40 coupons.
Here are some initial impressions.
Easy to setup.
Auto Scans DTV channels
Basic on screen TV Guide
A/V and RF output
Signal meter to help aim antenna
Remote volume adjustment
No analog channel pass thru
No S-Video output
TV Guide doesn't advance past the next show
Remote control not back lit.
Picture quality seems outstanding.
Very light. The box may weigh more than the unit.
Previous channel button shouldn't be at the bottom of the remote.