Zenith Provides On-line Box Assistance

Zenith Electronics has created a simple on-line video showing how to hook up a converter box.

While the video shows a Zenith DTV converter box, the instructions are basic enough that they should apply to most other boxes as well. Unfortunately, the video doesn't contain any information on how to adjust the antenna, or what to do if the pictures freeze or breakup.

I know that TV stations and networks are producing longer shows that deal with these topics. The one-hour video being produced by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and Iowa Public TV should give viewers more information about DTV and how to receive it. The Iowa Public TV program is scheduled to be completed next month and will be made available to other TV stations that want to use it.

If you've found an especially useful DTV education video on the web, let me know and I'll list it in a future RF Report.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.