ViewTV AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player

ViewTV AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player

ViewTV AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player

B&H # VIAT163 MFR # AT-163
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ViewTV AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player

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  • Connect External Hard Drives for DVR Use
  • Auto Tuning
  • Program Guide
  • Parental Control Function
  • Closed Caption
  • 1 x HDMI Out
  • 1 x USB Input
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You will be surprised at the images you will get when your older analog TV is connected to the AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player from ViewTV. In many instances, you'll be able to receive stations that are available on cable, satellite, and conventional analog TV broadcasts. It also allows you to connect sold separately hard drives so you can record all your favorite shows. With the program guide, now you can see what's coming up and never miss a show. The unit ships with a remote control too.

Convert your digital broadcast to your analog TV and analog pass through (Antenna required and limited QAM/Cable capability). While this device does have full QAM/Cable capability, it is not currently officially supported due to incompatibility issues with some cable providers. If you are purchasing this device solely for QAM/Cable capability, it will work only with decrypted channels. Older TV's with analog tuners will not allow you to watch one channel and record another with this device. It may not work with all cable providers
Features include recording broadcast TV when connecting external hard drives, auto tuning, program guide, closed caption, favorite channel list, and parental control function
UPC: 848441023727
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ViewTV AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player
  • Remote Control
  • HDMI Cable
  • Composite Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    ViewTV AT-163 specs

    Antenna ATSC/QAM
    Output 1 x HDMI output
    1 x YPbPr output
    1 x Coaxial output
    1 x RF out
    1 x USB Input
    Playback DivX, AVI, MKV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, VOB, MOV, FLV, and VC-1
    Dimensions 10.2 x 9.8 x 2.1" (259.1 x 248.9 x 53.3 mm)
    Weight 1.9 lb (0.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.472 x 9.843 x 1.654"

    ViewTV AT-163 reviews

    AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cannot do daily or weekly recordings In my review below, I noted that sometimes the viewtv failed to record. I originally misdiagnosed the cause of this problem. It is more serious than I first thought. Therefore I have to withdraw my recommendation for this product. What actually happens is that when you set up a daily recording, after the original recording, viewtv adds SIX (6) days to the date for the next recording; and when you set up a weekly recording, viewtv adds TWELVE (12) days to the date for the next recording. Thus it is impossible to set the machine to record at the same time EVERY day, or on the same day every week. You can only set up a one time recording on every day you want to record the same program. This is grossly inconvenient, and makes this device useless for its intended function. It needs a software fix ASAP. Moreover, I note that when you set up a recording to begin before midnight and set it to end after midnight, the device records continuously until the recording media is full. Another software bug.
    Date published: 2014-12-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Little DVR I plugged the unit in and it works. HDMI to TV. Antenna cable to Input. HD broadcast quality tuner and playback. We have an antenna system 48 miles from the transmitters with no preamp. The cable is split three ways between 2 TV's and this box. When I turned it on, it did a channel search. It received the channels our digital Panasonic TV does. I plugged a PNY 3.0 64Gb USB flash drive in the front. The manual is pretty useless so I sat down with the remote and tried buttons. When I hit REC, it started recording the station I was on. When I hit Timer, it went to a menu screen with different options I figured out how to program. The box picks up the time setting automatically from the broadcast signals. It takes different amounts of memory per station and per show. A simple Avengers B&W show took 2 Gb for one hour. A live Peter Pan show took 19 Gb for 3 hours. Jeopardy took 1.9 Gb for 30 minutes.
    Date published: 2014-12-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from ViewTV AT-163 is unreliable, needing software/hardware fix! Unreliable due to basic operational bugs such as logic errors resulting in inaccurate scheduled Timer/Schedule dates (doesn't increment Daily dates consecutively--automatically adds three to six days!), and EPG/Program Guide descriptions that are inaccurate?commingled (possibly due to uncleared memory buffers, etc.). B&H, please persuade manufacturer to issue a software upgrade without further delay through its website and/or your store/website.
    Date published: 2015-10-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from wouldnt buy it again I haven't had time to check out this units other features but the tuner is very poor. I live in a rural area, about 40 miles from the nearest TV transmitter. Now I have an all channel roof top antenna and a preamp and 4 televisions that are connected to it can receive all the channels available (17). I connected this tuner in place of one of the television receivers and no soap. The channels it does receive are in and out, video breakup,audio cutting out. I would guess if used in a city, where the TV transmitters are within a mile or 2 it would be satisfactory. Just has no sensitivity.
    Date published: 2016-07-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy it The Viewtv AT-163 is a defective product. It locks up when using the USB port, and you have to unplug the power and plug it back in to get it to work again. I have had two AT-163s and they both have had the same problem. The customer service sucks. They don't return emails and the phone support goes to a dead end recording. Big mistake, don't buy an AT-163!
    Date published: 2015-12-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay for the price. This is my 2nd try at this product. I returned the first one (from another dealer) because the HDMI output didn't work. I tried various cables and inputs on my HD TV. Had the same problem with this unit. It only works with COMPONENT cables. Picture quality is excellent but using as a PVR requires a learning curve. Times are stated in military time, not that a big deal, but each channel has it's own running time and is not adjustable so makes it difficult to timeshift a program. You really have to work the math. Will keep it because for the price, it will work for my needs.
    Date published: 2014-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well as a converter I am giving it 4 stars. I actually have the newest AT-263 model. I really just got it as a converter and for that it is excellent and is really 5 stars. I did try a few short recordings and they came out fine. This isn't a PVR for big time recording if you want that then spend $300+ for the Channel Master PVR they are great. For 40 bucks this little guy delivers so for all those trying to make it a $300 PVR for $40 forget it.
    Date published: 2016-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid convertor Used with the Mohu Leaf Antenna to watch the Superbowl. Did exactly what it was supposed to do - worked on both hdmi and RCA cables.
    Date published: 2016-02-17
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