Viewtv AT-263 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box Bundle with ViewTV 25 Mile Flat HD Digital Indoor TV Antenna and HDMI Cable w/ Recording PVR Function / HDMI Out / Coaxial Out / Composite Out / USB Input
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- Function: Convert your Digital Broadcast to your Analog TV and Analog Pass Through with Antenna
- Output: HDMI 1080P Output / YPbPr output / Coaxial Output / RF Out (QAM NOT officially supported)
- Features: Auto Tuning, Program guide, Recording PVR, Closed Caption, Favorite Channel List and Parental Control Function
- In the Box: ViewTV AT-263 , ViewTV 25 Mile Antenna with stand, new Upgraded Remote, 1 Composite cable, 1 HDMI Cable (Signal Meter NOT included)
- USB Multimedia Player: Plays Divx, AVI, MKV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, VOB, MOV, FLV, and VC-1
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- Converts digital broadcast to your analog TV
- Cable loop through
- EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) and program information
- Favorite channel list
- Parental control function
- Auto tuning (finds all digital broadcasts)
- AUTO, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen
- Closed Captioning
- EAS (Emergency Alert System) to alert you of any emergency information from TV stations
- Full function remote control
- Real time recording and appointed recording
- 1080P output / CVBS output
- Timing startup and shutdown
- USB multimedia player
ViewTV Flat HD Digital Indoor TV Antenna - 25 Miles Range - Black
Receive digital and analog TV broadcast over the air
25 Mile Range
Ultra thin and light weight design
Frequency Range: VHF 170 - 230MHz, UHF 470-860MHz
No extra power is required
In the Box:
ViewTV AT-263 Digital Converter Box
ViewTV 25 Mile Antenna
Antenna stand w/ suction cup
- Go to antennaweb.org and type in your zip code. This will show you where the broadcast towers near you are located.
- Please do NOT purchase this device solely for QAM/Cable use. Please be advised that it will work ONLY with DECRYPTED channels. It may NOT work with all Cable providers.
- New HDTVs WILL allow you to watch one channel using TV's digital tuner and record another, but you MUST enable "Loop Through" Under MENU/ Channel Search/ Modulation.
- IMPORTANT: European DVB-T RF signal is NOT supported and will NOT work!
- Please REMOVE Clear Plastic Covering from the top of Viewtv Box before use! It cause's box to overheat!
Top Customer Reviews
Slight glitch: My preset times to record the news sometimes gets lost, when I turn the box off, and I have to reprogram. I guess I could leave the box on all the time, but I don't see the point.
Timer to turn box on and off. You can set a time so the box turns itself on, and off. Somewhere in the menu, you can find this setting. I've disabled this feature, but thought I'd point it out.
Workaround in viewing another channel, while recording another channel. I discovered, at times when I'm recording one channel, I can't change to another, live channel. I found that if I change my video source on my tv to "TV", I can change the channel on the box, and that channel appears on my TV. You must have your TV set to channel 3 for this to work.
I now have an external hard drive plugged into the usb port to record shows. There's no lag for the HD to "spin up" as I've read other PVR's do. I have other video content on the HD in varying formats: .mp4, .avi both play back through Viewtv receiver. Oh, .VOB (a DVD file format) plays back as well, which is a really cool feature for those that rip their DVDs to archive them. Since a DVD can have numerous .VOB files, this can be problematic in viewing a DVD in the proper order. I keep my .mp4 videos in one folder, and when video finishes, it automatically starts playing the next. I assume this is true for any video files in one folder, but can't say I'm sure. But having the option to play compressed video files (I play mostly youtube vids I've saved) is a nice feature.
All in all, I'm still very happy with this box.
I'm new to the cord cutting revolution, and figured I needed a PVR to round out my collection of relatively cheap options, to enhance my viewing experience. After reading many reviews on Amazon, I opted for this model, since this model is considered older: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GGVPKKC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=RBSV75GOFFE9&coliid=I11SC2VRL5KZ88&psc=1 I figured, this model is newer, and the options of viewing various video formats via the usb stick was a plus (as you can through the older model).
Since this is my first PVR, I really have nothing to compare it to, but the favorable reviews the AT-163 received, and the price, I figured I couldn't do too badly.
Setup was a breeze, and I didn't even look at the instructions. I already had an external antenna, so I connected that to the RF "in" connector on the box. I also had an HDMI cable already, plugged that into my tv, then into the box, and then I plugged the power cable. "Boot up" appeared on the lcd screen, and I was immediately brought to the setup menu. I chose my language, I then navigated to the channel scan area, let the box do its thing, and boom, I had a very crisp OTA (over the air) channel being broadcast.
I wanted to test the recording ability, so I found a handy usb flash drive, plugged that into the port in the front of the box, and pressed record (it was an old episode of Seinfeld. I stopped the recording by pressing "exit" (if I recall correctly), pressed "usb" on the remote, and navigated to the file on the flash drive, and pressed the OK button. A small preview of the show appeared on the bottom right, and to view it full screen, I had to press the "hold" button. The picture was kind of snowy, but that's how that channel appeared (also, it was a very old episode). I then navigated to a channel with a good picture, pressed record, recorded for a few minutes, stopped, and previewed. It was a crisp recording. The box records in "mts" format. Curious, I unplugged the flash drive, plugged it into my Win 10 laptop, and I was able to play the video using VLC player, a free multimedia player that plays many audio, and video formats. So I think this would answer any questions as to whether you can use the flash drive on different boxes, or your computer. Anyone looking for a PVR box should make sure it plays numerous file formats. I had an .mp4 video file on my flash drive, and was able to play that through the box, to my tv in living color.
You can record one channel, while watching another, AS LONG AS YOU SET THE "MODULATION MODE" TO "LOOP THROUGH." This becomes clear as you go through the setup menu (sorry, it's late, and I don't want to go through a step by step tutorial now).
I believe you can pull in a better picture quality due to the box being powered, but, I'm not sure. All I know is, the picture quality is better than when I had a simple antenna connected to my flatscreen's coaxial connection.
The remote is rather bizarre, and every inch is covered with a button of some type. So far, the "OK" and "Exit" and "Menu" buttons are the ones I've used the most to navigate, aside from the channel buttons. THIS DOESN'T HAVE TRIPLE A BATTERIES INCLUDED, SO BE PREPARED.
There was a nice feature I discovered for recorded programs, that I saw was a complaint with other boxes. You can rename recorded files. When your are in the recorded videos area, at the lower right, is the option to rename. I was concerned I would have to write down every recorded program. I consider this a huge plus.
I will update when possible, but I literally received the box this evening. So far, so good. Be realistic. This is a $40 box. I will answer any questions as they come up, but I really need time to learn the ins and outs of this box. With Amazon Prime video, and Netflix, there's really no reason for me to pay the obscene amounts of money carriers are asking for. This little, affordable box is a great addition. I'll mostly be recording the news, so I'm sure this will suit those needs, and the random network show I may want to record.
Cord cutters unite!
CON'S: The bigger the flash drive, the more it hiccups. Pausing and recording works fine with a 32GB flash drive, but has pixilation and lag with a 256GB drive.(Most flash drives over 64GB are formatted with exFAT, but the unit only works with drives formatted with FAT32). One hour of recording uses about 7 gigabytes, so a 32GB drive will only record a little over 4 hours. Also the manual leaves you wondering what some functions do. The display on the front of the unit does NOT show the actual channel, it shows numerical order of the channels. (Let's say you get channels 2, 4, 11, 15, they will appear as 0001, 0002, 0003, 0004).
I bought this one, as opposed to all other look-alikes on Amazon, because it can be set up to feed the antenna signal through the device. That way, you don't need an antenna splitter and an extra run of coax cable to be able to watch TV on one channel while recording on another.
Took me maybe 10 minutes to set it up and start recording. The device was set more-or-less completely set up to work with my TV, right out of the box. Connected the antenna coax to the input. Connected the HDMI output to the TV. Plugged in a USB drive. And ran coax from the output of the tuner to the input of the TV, then used the setup menu to pass the antenna signal through to the TV.
I found the following shortcomings, all of which I judge to be minor. As noted by others, you have to point the remote at the box to get it to work. Some of the key presses are not intuitive. Sometimes if I hit the wrong key, I can't seem to recover, and the quickest solution is to turn it off and back on again. And, unique to my setup, there is some crosstalk between the remote for this device and the remote for our sound bar. And you have to fast-forward through commercials manually. (But on the plus side, the FF function goes up to 32x normal speed, which is very fast.)
All of which I resolved by a) pointing the remote at the box and b) learning to hit the right keys, at the right time.
Here's the back story. I wanted to record a show that is broadcast daily. I figured, how hard can that be?
I looked at Tivo and found out that a) you have to pay a fairly substantial subscription fee, and b) it's a Big Brother device that reports your TV watching back to Tivo central. Forget that. Next I looked at a few purpose-built DVRs that are still available, but they all seemed to cost in the $400 range. That seemed like a lot of money for a fairly basic task. And then there was a whole bunch of devices just like this -- digital tuners with just enough functionality to be able to record a show. Anywhere from $20 to $40, but you have to add your own disk drive. With very mixed reviews. I figured it was worth a gamble. And it looks like it has paid of for me. Mine works great, for the task I bought it for.
If you want to record something at a given time, the menu for setting that up is about as straightforward as it gets. Give it the channel, the start time, the stop time, and it'll record that every day. As long as there is power to the device, it'll turn itself on to record. It dumps a file to the USB drive that shows the channel, date, and time. To play it back, click on the file name. At that point, it works just like any other recording device.