Product Rating: 1.0
Features: It comes with composite video and audio jacks. It comes with a remote control that is NOT universal. It has adjustable closed captioning and parental control settings available via V-chip. It also comes with a sleep timer so that it will automatically shut off at the set time. This converter box also comes with a program guide that provides information about future and currently airing shows for each channel. One key feature that makes it a good buy is its analog pass-through function that allows you to get channels that continue to broadcast in analog. It also comes with language support for Spanish, French, and English.
As stated before, the Craig CVD508 is not a top rated converter box but it seems to have enough features to satisfy most users. It comes with the most vital function, analog pass-through, and it is also very reasonably priced at $45. We however do not recommend it. One complaint about this box is that the remote control is not very good and some of them seem to be faulty. However, the main complaint we have gotten from many users is that the box overheats and seems to fail at the 2-8 month mark, which is clearly unacceptable.
Update April 2014
Real User Reviews: The following reviews have been sent to us by users of the CVD-508 totally unsolicited by us. In general they were pretty bad and we strongly advise against purchasing this box.
"I work for a TV station and we've had many complaints from viewers saying they can't get us or any other station anymore. We took on apart and found it blew capacitors from overheating. This unit is a bad design and cannot properly cool itself. Hence a two month life."Mark Said...
" Like countless others, I bought two of these things. One worked for about 6 months, the other a little longer but they both broke. The green light is on and won't turn off manually or with the remote and no reception."Fran Said...
"I have the same story as everyone else. First box went after 3 weeks and the second one is in the process, first channel buttons on box and now the remote. Why hasn't the people who made the signal change done anything about this."Anonymous Said...
"I've had my box since last year, and have had no problems at all. I suggest turning the box off when not using it, or when it gets hot. One thing I noticed, you have to move the antenna around to get most of the channels to work, when other converter boxes pick up more channels, and better signal at that. Remote works fine, and I hope my box doesn't overheat and stop working like the rest of you. I wish you the best of luck, and I highly recommend purchasing a Digital Stream converter box. It's the best one I've seen so far."Sam Said...
"I to was one of the victims of Craig Electronics with CVD508 TV converter box like all of the commenters above. Mine worked just about 10 minutes then the picture got frozen. I found out it was because the box got so hot and stopped working. Since many commenters had no answer when they called 1-866-321-7191, I think all of us should file the complain to Better Business Bureau."Phyllis Said...
"Well, mine seems to have lasted a bit longer than most. It started with intermittent signal loss and I noticed the box was quite warm. Would work again once unplugged and allowed to cool. Now, when it's turned on there is only the green light, no response from the remote and no picture on the screen. Cannot even be turned off manually. Must be unplugged."Features & Specs
V-Chip Lock Parental Control Setting For Adult Rated Shows
Configurable Closed Captioning For The Hearing Impaired
Electronic Program Guide For Show Previews
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