1. How to set up my Tivax?
2. FAQ
3. Download the User Manual
4. How to Receive the Best Digital TV Signal with Your Antenna
5. Michley Limited Warranty To Original Purchaser
6. Digital TV 101

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 switch.

figure 1

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 turns on.

Since channel programming is different in various regions, you must set up your set top box with your channels by using the auto scan feature.

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.

2. FAQ
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 cost!

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 good reception.
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 picture quality

3. 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 area
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 Purchaser

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 U.S. Territories.

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 unit:

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 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 your Tivax).

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 picture quality.
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.

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