1. How to set up my Tivax?
All set top boxes (STB) have been tested in the factory for proper
operation. In case you experience any problems, please follow these
simple steps to troubleshoot your problems.
Please make sure your TV and STB are plugged in and powered up,
and that the STB is properly connected to your TV by either a RF
cable or a A/V cable set (red white yellow connectors on each end)
following the guideline below. Don't forget to properly insert batteries
into the remote control unit.
A: Connection option RF
The STB can be operated in RF mode to connect to your TV. In this
case the RF-Out connector of the STB connects to your antenna input
on your TV, as shown in Figure 1. Your TV must be tuned to either
channel 3 or 4 and the STB needs to be set to the corresponding
channel selected on the back of the STB by utilizing the small slide
B. Connection option A/V:
If you TV is equipped with an A/V input, sometimes referred to as
AV1 or Avin, then you may want to choose the A/V connection for
a better quality picture. A RF connection as described above has
some inherent limitation and a somewhat lower quality than A/V.
Please make your connection before turning on your devices and
plug in the yellow terminated cable to the AV-in on your TV and
the AV-out on the STB. Similarly, connect the red and white terminated
cable to the corresponding Audio-in on your TV and Audio-out on
the STB, as shown in Figure 2.
Once a connection utilizing option RF or option A/V is made turn
on your TV first and then your STB. The STB is turned on by pressing
the power button on the front and then, using the remote, power
up the STB. You should see a logo come up on your TV as the STB
Since channel programming is different in various regions, you
must set up your set top box with your channels by using the auto
Make sure a suitable antenna is connected to the antenna input,
labeled as RF-In on the STB, and after turning on your TV and STB,
press the Menu button on your remote. Use the cursor keys around
the OK button to move the highlighted field to Channel-Scan and
press OK. You may need to reorient your antenna to achieve best
results. If you have an external antenna, it may have already been
oriented such that it point to the transmitter stations.
To help in orienting your antenna, a signal strength indicator
can be turned on in the STB. Use the menu button and select signal
strength or signal quality item to display a signal quality bar
on the screen.
Although digital TV will give a very clear picture when a signal
is received in sufficient strength, a weak signal will result in
dropouts or no picture at all. Analog stations would just be received
with noise in the sound and snow in the picture, Digital transmissions
will dropout or have large blocks of images missing if the RF signal
is of insufficient strength or quality.
Reorienting your antenna or getting a better quality antenna may
solve this problem. Some experimenting may be required to obtain
the best results.
Thank you for choosing a Tivax Set Top Box and enjoy the new world
of Digital Television.
Question #1: What is a Tivax
Set Top Box?
Answer: It is a special receiver
that interprets FREE Digital TV signals into Analog TV signals.
Question #2: If I have cable
satellite television do I need a Tivax?
Answer: Yes and no. If you want
certain cable channels, like CNN, you must have cable or satellite.
These signals are not FREE. If you want to watch FREE television,
like ABC or CBS, you can get these signals on cable or satellite
(check your local cable or satellite provider if you are not already
getting these FREE signals).
Question #3: If I can get ABC
or CBS on my cable or satellite, why do I need a Tivax?
Answer: Because you are only
getting a FRACTION of the FREE signals. Cable and satellite providers
are not required to give you all FREE Digital TV signals. Why should
they? You might be very pleased with better quality FREE Digital
Television. That is the secret many people do not know. Tivax gives
you immediate access to FREE Digital Television signals at no extra
Question #4: If I already have
cable or satellite, do I still need a Tivax to receive the FREE
Digital Television signals?
Answer: Unless you have a Digital
TV set, YES. Don't worry. You can combine your Tivax with your cable
or satellite receiver. We'll show you how.
Question #5: Do I need an antenna
to receive FREE Digital television signals?
Answer: Yes. Digital TV is just
like old-fashioned Analog TV, only better. You still need an antenna
to get the signal. Just about any antenna will do, but an antenna
designed for Digital TV is better. While some antennas are better
than others, it also depends on where you live. If you cannot receive
Analog TV signals, you will not be able to get Digital TV signals.
This is very important as your Tivax will not work.
Question #6: How do I test
my TV to see if I can use my Tivax?
Answer: This is very easy. Simply
disconnect your Analog TV from your cable or satellite receiver.
Connect the antenna to your Analog TV. If you can receive a picture,
your Tivax will work. Don't worry if the picture is not perfect.
That's another special feature of Digital TV. It's BETTER! Digital
TV signals don't have the same problems Analog TV signals do. That's
why this new standard is so much better!
Question #7: My TV stations
are at opposite sides of my house and I can't receive both with
Answer: Either use an antenna
with a 360-degree reception with integrated amplifier or use 2 antennas
and combine their signal. You may need amplifiers for each antenna.
With Digital TV you do not need the best signal for good reception,
just one that is good enough. More signal quality will not improve
Download the user manual for STB-T9.
4. How to Receive the Best Digital
TV Signal with Your Antenna
How to find Digital TV channels in your
The number of Digital TV channels varies greatly within each local
area, so it is best to look up your available channels by visiting
special web sites, such as:
In addition, you can also find excellent local information from
performing searches on the Internet.
Due to the proliferation of DTV channels, it is difficult to get
the latest information from newspapers or other printed sources.
In addition, the number of channels you receive depends on your
physical location, your antenna and the location of the broadcast
antenna. Broadcast television signals are line of sight, which means
the best signals are received by pointing directly at transmitter.
Buildings, mountains and other obstructions will affect the quality
of the signal you receive.
5. Michley Limited Warranty To Original
Michley warrants this product purchased in the USA against defects
in material and workmanship for a period of 3 months from the date
of purchase under normal use and service. Products will not be warranted
if the serial number is removed or defaced.
This warranty shall be void upon transfer of ownership of this
product and is effective only when used in the United States, excluding
Michley agrees to repair or replace this unit at no charge, within
the warranty period, providing that the product is delivered to
Michley in its original package or equivalent, fully insured, with
all shipping charges prepaid and a return authorization number listed
on the outside of the packaging. A handling charge of $35 will be
applied to any returned product found not to be defective. To honor
this warranty and to ensure the best service to our customer, Michley
requires the following information to be included with the returned
1. A copy of the original sales invoice from your vendor.
2. Model number & serial number of the unit.
3. A detailed description of the problem, associate electrical
connection and hardware.
4. A Return Authorization number can be obtained by faxing to
215.344.5389 or emailing email@example.com prior to retuning the
unit. This warranty contemplates the owner will reasonably maintain
this instrument or product without alteration, negligent use,
misuse, or abuse. Furthermore, any unauthorized alteration of
this device without written approval by Michley will void any
warranty and the owner's right to operate this device.
This warranty presented above is exclusive and in lieu of all
other expressed or implied warranties. Any warranty applicable to
this product is limited to the period described above. In no event
will Michley be liable for any special, incidental, or consequential
damage, loss of revenue, or cost of replacement goods resulting
from the use of malfunction of this product to the equipment system
on which it is used. This warranty gives specific legal rights and
you may have other rights that vary from state to state.
6. Digital TV 101
Did you know every TV station in the USA has 2 transmitters? One
is for Analog TV. The other is for Digital TV. The quality of the
digital image is much better. Unfortunately, unless you have a Digital
TV Tuner, like a Tivax box, your analog TV cannot receive the amazing
world of Digital Television.
What is Analog Television?
Until recently, virtually all TVs in the USA were designed for Analog
Television. Analog TV signals were designed in the 1940s, long before
computer technology existed. Analog TV is based on an old standard
called NTSC. Compared to Digital TV signals, the Analog picture
is fuzzy and very inferior to Digital TV. This is why the US Government
decided to turn off Analog TV signals in 2009.
Analog TVs cannot receive Digital TV signals. There are only
3 ways to see digital TV signals on your Analog TV:
A: You must have a Digital TV set. Your Analog TV cannot receive
the amazing world of digital television
B: You must have a Digital TV tuner. Tivax is a Digital TV tuner.
C: You must pay for cable or satellite (remember, cable and satellite
will not show you many of the FREE signals you can receive with
What is Digital Television?
This is the new broadcasting standard. Digital TV signals are based
on a new standard called ATSC. In early 2009, all Analog TV signals
will be turned off. This is Federal Law. Under the new Federal Law,
cable and satellite may not be required to provide you access to
all the FREE digital signals. Eventually, you will get some of these
signals, but no one knows for sure when this will happen. It could
be many more years before cable or satellite decide to give you
access to all FREE Digital TV signals.
Digital Television is very exciting and offers too many features
to be listed here. However, your Tivax Set Top Digital Receiver
gives you the ability to enjoy most of these advantages on your
Analog TV set!
High Definition Television
The High Definition Digital TV is similar to a computer data signal.
It is also called HDTV. In other words, it is very sophisticated
and can do many more things. The broadcast station can do more
interesting things with a Digital TV signal, such as broadcast
High Definition television. This is a very superior picture.
Your Tivax will easily decode the HDTV signal. You will be able
to watch HDTV on your Analog TV. While you will NOT see the picture
in its true High Definition format (only expensive High Definition
TV sets can do this), you will be very surprised with the excellent
The Digital TV signal is very powerful. A broadcaster can do many
things with the Digital Television signal. Sometimes, when they
want to show you a very high quality picture, they will transmit
the program in High Definition. When this happens, you will only
get ONE Digital Television signal at that moment in time. A good
example when this happens if during Prime Time (8 pm to 11 pm).
Football and baseball games are commonly transmitted in High Definition.
- Multicast TV Signals
The Digital TV signal is very powerful. A broadcaster can also
choose to show you more than one TV signal on the same frequency.
(Analog TV cannot do this!) A broadcaster can provide FOUR or
more excellent quality signals AT THE SAME TIME! This is called
multicasting. Tivax can decode this signal for you! A good example
is during Day Time. Imagine signal #1 is dedicated to a soap opera,
signal #2 is dedicated to a documentary, signal #3 is dedicated
to a talk show and signal #4 is dedicated to a medical program.
Only Digital TV can do this and Tivax can decode this for you!
- Standard Definition Television
This refers to a TV picture that is NOT High Definition. When
the broadcaster wants to show you more than one signal, they refer
to this as Standard Definition (as opposed to HDTV). Standard
Definition TV is also called SDTV.