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Samsung DTBH260F HDTV Terrestrial Tuner

by Samsung
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  • Digital terrestrial receiver
  • All 18 ATSC formats
  • HDMI, component, composite, S/PDIF (optical)
  • High gloss, stylish design
  • Parent control
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight4.4 pounds
Product Dimensions13 x 4.5 x 10 inches
Item model numberDTB-H260F
  
Additional Information
ASINB000JV6TQY
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight4.4 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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Samsung brings you great flexibility for delivering over-the-air digital television signals to a DTV-ready television or DTV-capable computer monitors. Award-winning Samsung technology easily tunes and decodes all 18 ATSC Table 3 broadcast formats. With the Samsung DTB-H260F, you can view HDTV, SDTV, and listen to Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio through your audio system. Samsung solves output worries with a wide selection of output options including 1080i, 720p or 480p/i DTV formats, and connection options including HDMI (1), Component (1), Composite (1), Audio-Right/Left, Dolby Digital Optical. Attractive styling and affordable pricing make the Samsung DTB-H260F a perfect solution.

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Samsung brings you great flexibility for delivering FREE over-the-air digital television signals to a DTVready television or DTV-capable computer monitors. Award-winning Samsung technology easily tunes and decodes all 18 ATSC Table 3 broadcast formats. With the Samsung DTB-H260F, you can view HDTV, SDTV, and listen to Dolby® Digital 2.0 stereo or Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround audio through your audio system. Samsung solves output worries with a wide selection of output options including 1080i, 720p or 480p/i DTV formats, and connection options including HDMI (1), Component (1),Composite (1), Audio-Right/Left, Dolby® Digital Optical. Attractive styling and affordable pricing make the Samsung DTB-H260F a perfect solution.

Feature List

  • On-Screen Signal Strength Indicator
    Have the ability to view whether or not you are receiving a strong signal which may be affecting the quality of your on-screen imagery.
  • Full Guide
    To find your favorite programs or to see what is currently on and/or available, you will have access to a full guide
  • Mini Guide
    For a short list and not to interfere with current viewing you can utilize the mini guide to check concurrent programming.
  • Intuitive and Iconic Menu
    Select the right settings to get the optimal picture.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have now ditched my cable TV and get 31 crystal clear channels for FREE!
Ben
I called Samsung technical support and a very nice person explained to me that it must not be supported in spite of what the manual says.
RalphDaly28
The handy on-screen channel tv guide is a nice feature that is a bit slow to load.
mukeman

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146 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Gail on March 13, 2007
This item has been hard to find in stores and online. After being waitlisted with Amazon for some time, I finally ordered it from another large electronics vendor that offerred free shipping, but I had to pay sales tax.

Last year I purchased two HDTV's (without built in tuners) thinking I would always get HD from my cable company. When I totaled up the cost of HD on cable with all of the extra boxes and fees, over-the-air HD for the price of a tuner seemed like a much more reasonable alternative.

The tuner was not difficult to hook up. I used an inexpensive HDMI cable (purchased off the web), regular rabbit ears/UHF antenna and plugged the tuner directly into my TV. (Remember to flip the switch on the back of the unit and to set your TV to HDMI input.) According to the manual, audio is supposed to be transmitted to the TV through the HDMI cable, but my TV does not accept dolby 5.1 surround sound. I had to change the audio setting on the unit to PCM to get sound out of the TV. Alternatively, I got stereo sound by running separate audio cables (included with the unit) to my home theater unit.

Being at an age where I grew up with over the air TV and recalling that we continually had to adjust the rabbit ears to improve the picture, I was astounded by the quality of the signal. The transmission towers are about 19 miles away and I was getting all bars on the signal strength. No fidgiting with the rabbit ears was required and the picture has no ghosting. Clearly, this is not the over the air TV of the 60's and 70's.

In addition to the HD shows, I'm also getting a 720 digital signal on most of the non-HD programming, which is a big improvement over the 480 analog.
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120 of 133 people found the following review helpful By boomdork on January 22, 2007
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Many people may consider using this receiver to upgrade their analog (non DTV-ready, non HD-ready) TVs. (Why replace that big old projection TV with plasma at 10 times the price? Wait a couple of more years for the inevitable price/performance improvements.) There are a few things that you need to know, though.

(1) Nearly all of the TV stations in your area simultaneously broadcast analog and digital signals over the air. Many stations broadcast several digital sub-channels, which effectively multiplies the number of programs available to you at any time.

(2) Because of the Samsung's sensitivity, your old TV antenna will pull in all of the digital channels with crystal-clear reception. (Obviously, it won't change the resolution. It will never look like a digital TV, but every broadcast will look as sharp as a DVD played through the same set.)

(3) Some digital broadcasts use the 16:9 aspect ratio, while others use the 4:3 dimensions of your old set. This results -- somewhat unpredicably -- in blank strips at the edges of the screen and/or a slightly compressed horizontal picture, because both the broadcaster and the Samsung are trying to compensate for aspect ratio differences. (When stations broadcast 4:3 content on a 16:9 signal or vice versa, it is they who insert the blank areas. For me, 3 out of 4 stations broadcast signals that come through undistorted at full screen size.) BUT, the Samsung's aspect ratio adjustments DO NOT work through Samsung's analog TV output, so what you see is what you get.

(4) Further, the Samsung will NOT show you any station information on the screen.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Brenda H on May 30, 2007
After much soul searching, I decided to get rid of cable, satellite, etc. because I was spending too much time watching the same programs over and over again. I decided to free up my time. However, I knew there would still be times when I would want to watch some TV. Limited basic cable in my area only covers the major networks and independent stations, which I knew I could get with a TV antenna. So why pay? However, reception was bad, so I wondered if I would get better reception if I had an HDTV tuner. My Sony Trinitron Wega is only three years old. There was no way I was going to upgrade to a newer model, so I did some research and found that if I bought an HD receiver that could be set to analog (480i), I could watch TV in digital format. The Samsung works wonderfully. It is an especially useful receiver for those of us who do not have HD TVs. This tuner, plus a Radio Shack "Indoor VHF/UHF/HDTV Antenna with RF Remote Control" (model: 15-1892) will save me hundreds each year.

I need to add that I have two analog TVs. I am able to get the onscreen menus. You have to hook the S-composite video cable to a VCR or DVD player. I'm also using a splitter. So this one box serves two TVs. Also, HD is broadcast in 16:9 aspect ratio--not 4:3, so the aspect ratio on an analog (4:3) TV might have to be adjusted. You can adjust the aspect ratio via the tuner's remote. There is a delay of 2-3 seconds when changing channels. That's because the tuner has to take the analog signals from the antenna and convert them to digital signals. Like another reviewer said, I intend to spend part of my savings on Netflix. I live in San Francisco, surrounded by high buildings and hills, and with this combination, I'm able to get HDTV stations from as far away as Sacramento--80 miles.
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