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Old 07-24-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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While searching the net for all portable TVs and such i came across this warning on a number of brands of Portable TVs.

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This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission's digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.


I guess buyers should be looking down the road before buying.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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In practice, any tube-type TV still for sale will almost certainly have only an analog tuner. These things are dinosaurs...

Even many LCD TVs have only an analog tuner, but in the last couple of years they have been appearing with both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) tuners - mine at home has both, although neither tuner has ever been used. As Chester says, look down the road and consider the features which will be needed.

If the TV is just a monitor for viewing DVDs (or video tapes...), computer output, or satellite TV receiver output (like mine at home), then the "tuner" function doesn't matter. Some of this other equipment might also serve as the "converter box" (tuning in the digital broadcast and supplying the picture signal to the "TV"), depending on your other equipment, so the TV might not need a tuner even to watch broadcasts.

Anyone missing the "good" (or at least simple) old 12-channel days?
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:54 PM   #3
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....Anyone missing the "good" (or at least simple) old 12-channel days?
All Right now you've had to go and reveal how 'old' we really are! Yup, I remember those old VHF only TVs, and, at that time, one was required to get a converter to get those 'newfangled' UHF stations. Along with a new antenna and special 300 ohm UHF wire and standoffs. Then there was the antenna rotator. Remember some had 12 wires?

Yeah- the simpler days!!!!

Thanks for the memories!
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Old 07-24-2007, 05:43 PM   #4
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We (meaning my parents and us kids) had a 50-ft freestanding tower, with separate VHF and UHF antennas on top on a rotator. This allowed us to receive a channel for every spot on the VHF dial, with a couple of them actually having two competing stations (point one way for bad reception of a station, point west for bad reception of a different station on the same channel), plus a couple of the new-fangled UHF stations. Man, we were high-tech... and that term hadn't even been invented yet!
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Old 07-24-2007, 05:53 PM   #5
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Well, even I remember when changing the channels was done by walking up to the TV and turning a big plastic dial, and the way the knob felt under my thumb as it clicked into place.... ah, the nostalgia of it all. That was also when soda pop still came in glass bottles and could be bought at gas stations for 25 cents.
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Old 07-24-2007, 06:17 PM   #6
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In Canada, the schedule is later: the CRTC has announced August 31, 2011 as the date by which television licensees will only broadcast digital signals.

Also, according to the FCC as quoted in a news article...
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...every new TV set sold in the United States after February 2007 must include an over-the-air ATSC digital tuner.
... so this shouldn't be a problem for US residents buying a new TV for the trailer from normal sources. Of course, TVs sold to us in Canada, or sets made prior to then and later resold privately anywhere by unregulated sources, will escape this requirement. Buyer beware!
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:15 PM   #7
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Anyone missing the "good" (or at least simple) old 12-channel days?
12!?!?! You had 12!!!!?!

As a kid in Fairbanks, we had 2. When we moved to Seattle and we had 5, I thought I'd gone to TV heaven.
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:20 PM   #8
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Well, even I remember when changing the channels was done by walking up to the TV and turning a big plastic dial, and the way the knob felt under my thumb as it clicked into place.... ah, the nostalgia of it all. That was also when soda pop still came in glass bottles and could be bought at gas stations for 25 cents.
yeppers .. those were the good ole days!!!!
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12!?!?! You had 12!!!!?!

As a kid in Fairbanks, we had 2. When we moved to Seattle and we had 5, I thought I'd gone to TV heaven.
I am currently in the Edmonton area. Before satellite TV, there were four or five channels... and it's the same today unless you have cable (that's most people) or satellite (that's almost everyone else). The UHF channels were always wasted here (although there is a local channel 51 station), since even the first 12 VHF channels were not all used.
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I have a simple solution to this problem !
Get rid of it from the trailer for good .Instead a TV packs some books, board games etc .
When we are going camping, our kids are not allowed to take any electronics with, including ipods . Before we go on the trip, wife goes to the library and gets audio books . Us we are driving we all enjoy listening to it .
I just can't imagine going camping and seating in front of TV , kids log on with their lap tops and wife happily talking on her cell phone , and in the evening we'll go for supper to the local fast food restaurant . We had been doing this for twelve years now, and nobody ever complained about shortages of electronics when camping
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I have a simple solution to this problem !
Get rid of it from the trailer for good .Instead a TV packs some books, board games etc .
When we are going camping, our kids are not allowed to take any electronics with, including ipods . Before we go on the trip, wife goes to the library and gets audio books . Us we are driving we all enjoy listening to it .
I just can't imagine going camping and seating in front of TV , kids log on with their lap tops and wife happily talking on her cell phone , and in the evening we'll go for supper to the local fast food restaurant . We had been doing this for twelve years now, and nobody ever complained about shortages of electronics when camping
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In practice, any tube-type TV still for sale will almost certainly have only an analog tuner. [b]These things are dinosaurs...
Well, I am no spring chicken, either.
Here in California, there is a disposal fee for old electronics. As long as my old (1999) cathode-ray tube based TV functions at all, I will continue to use it, with an exterior digital tuner if necessary.

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I believe the Feds in their infinite wisdom will be giving subsidies for the purchase of digital converters, making them free or low cost. This is to keep millions of TVs from instantly becoming obsolete.

Will probably be a tax credit. Since I will be paying for the credit through my taxes anyway, I will probably buy a few converters, get the credits, and sell them on eBay! (Actually, I'm too lazy to do that, but it will happen!)
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:31 PM   #14
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Anyone missing the "good" (or at least simple) old 12-channel days?
The ones with the GOOD programs!

Vivian, who is older than TV!
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