Digital Television Questions

January 19, 2009 at 23:56:49
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Could really use some help with selecting a TV with a digital tuner as I have only had CRT TV's which apparently are through.
A 27"-32" TV screen size is preferable, but I don't like the thin TV's that are on the market and prefer the size of the CRT type TV for stability for one thing as opposed to the thin new design which is somewhat susceptible to falling over.
I believe that I would like LCD over Plasma, but want a glass covered screen like the Plasma, but for LCD so to protect the screen as I feel that these soft screens are just asking to get scratched.
I prefer brands like, Panasonic, JVC, Sony, etc...
Am I just out of luck on this, or is there a TV that would work...
Thank you.

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January 20, 2009 at 14:30:01
Well, You don't actually NEED a new TV just to get a digital tuner. You can just get a digital tuner box like the RCA DTA800B1 and hook it up on your current CRT type TV. There's even a $40 government coupon program available to help buy it if you need it. If your lucky, the remote control that comes with the tuner will also control the basic functions of your existing TV and you'll be able to watch your current TV for years to come without any real difference except for a better sound and picture (and a few extra channels as well!).

If you want a new TV which has the wide screen, HDTV capability, and around 32" or smaller, then it seems there's pretty much only plasma or LCDs to chose from at this time. Projection TVs provide the aspects you want and are cheaper than LCDs, but I don't think they come in that small of size. There were some nice CRT HDTVs on the market up until a year or so ago. Good prices, too, but they were heavy (200 lbs) and nobody was buying them. Maybe you could find one cheap somewhere. I have a 37" LCD and it's nice having a large screen like that with a TV which only weighs 45 lbs! But, if there were kids or pets running around the house, I probably wouldn't be comfortable with the "scratch-ability" of the screen, either. If a 32" is large enough for you, maybe you could also get a cabinet that the TV would set in and be protected from getting knocked over or scratched.

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January 20, 2009 at 19:18:56
You can hang an LCD or Plasma TV on a wall, so you don't have to worry about it tipping over.

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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