Access HD DTA1020D Digital TV Converter Box Reviews

Ah, Access HD is at it again. This time with the DTA1020D version. It's funny because this is about the 98 different version of what I find to be nearly the same dang thing every single time. It really bothers us too because it is down right confusing to consumers. I wish the government would have put a limit on the number of boxes from each brand that can be certified, but apparently that is not the case. It almost feels like a marketing tactic to me to just get more shelf pace and get their name out there more. More models must mean they offer better products, because well, they have more options. How nice of them, to confuse everybody.

This product has, to nobodies surprise been discontinued and replaced by the Access HD DTA1080D.

Product Details: Straight up this TV converter boxes picture and sound quality rate very good, as is the case with all of the Access HD boxes. It's not the viewers actual and direct viewing experience that make it an issue. It is the back that it is missing features that are becoming common place on all new boxes. The first versions of different convert boxes stunk in a lot of ways but we don't see why they would upgrade to this new model and still leave off a bunch of features. Seriously, we are still trying to figure out how this one is different from the previous DTA1010D.

For a quick run down it comes with a good program guide, as good as any out there besides the Dish converter boxes, but all boxes some with that. The one and only thing it has that a lot of others are lacking is on box buttons so that it can still be operated if the remote is misplace. Its closed captioning works well and allows for adjusting to English, Spanish, or French language settings. It however does not come with any smart antenna function, no universal remote so you'll be adding another remote to your pile of five that you already have. It also doesn't come with analog pass-through, which boggles our minds. You upgrade and then you don't include the most critical features? Really?

As you can guess we don't recommend this box, even at the $50-$60 price they are asking. If they can solve the issues of it missing a few key features then it would probably we one of the highest rated but until then stay away and consider other ones.

Features & Specs

V-Chip Lock Parental Control Setting
Configurable Closed Captioning
Electronic Program Guide
Displays All 18 ATSC Formats
Composite Video Jack
Stereo Audio Jacks
75 ohm RF Video/Audio Jack (Coaxial Cable)
Sleep Timer

What Is Included With Your Purchase?

Converter Box
Remote Control
Remote Control Batteries
Attached Power Cord
RF Cable


  1. this is a qustion, why don't they make converter boxes that will keep in memory what channels it found,so that if you have a roter & move the antanna & scan again you don't lose those channels ? that way you just go back to channel & tunr roter till pict. comes back in.

  2. what do you do when you scan the channel and the box keeps dropping the channels that you have already locked in,and the scan says no channels found at all and takes the ones you have off? It is a clear day and i can only get 6 channels out of 28


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