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Old 11-21-2019, 07:02 AM
 
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I was looking at the bedroom flat screen this morning......a cat threatening, as if, to tip it off. A message from the Gods as the TV probably goes back to 2014.....if not before. Its single player is linked into it with A/V cables and if it has an HDMI connection then if I get a new TV, it will be sent to the dance room as a "teacher".



So the question is two fold. Do I need a new TV and then again, is what is out there on the market in my ball park at all.



That is, when your TVs are not connected to anything outside the house, is there anything in the market that can serve you?


The former is a question that I should answer but the latter, I put to the hive especially since.......you are not sales people who can make a commission of me selling me what I don't need.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:04 AM
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Some questions that we'll need the answers to before we can give you a good answer.
  • How do you watch live TV shows? Antenna? Cable? Streaming?
  • What is the "single player?" Is it a DVD or Blu-Ray player? Is it a set-top box for cable, dish or streaming?
  • Do you have Internet with WiFi?
  • You mentioned HDMI. Are you connecting something to the current TV wth HDMI or are you hoping to connect it that way?
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:39 AM
 
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Since 2014, tv's have become so cheap in price, they are practically giving them away. Check prices online.

The LG tv set I bought in early 2013 for almost $700, would sell today for $150 or less, if you could still buy that model.

So, if you want a new tv set, feel free to buy one.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Some questions that we'll need the answers to before we can give you a good answer.
  • How do you watch live TV shows? Antenna? Cable? Streaming?
  • What is the "single player?" Is it a DVD or Blu-Ray player? Is it a set-top box for cable, dish or streaming?
  • Do you have Internet with WiFi?
  • You mentioned HDMI. Are you connecting something to the current TV wth HDMI or are you hoping to connect it that way?
1. I don't. All the TV I watch comes from DVD or tape.

2. It's a DVD player, old. A/V ports. The TV out in the living room, newer, is connected to 10-12 decks with HDMI, A/V ports, and switches.

3. No. Essentially no Internet in the way most people know it, I am limited to 5G download on satellite a month, which I don't want to change, and I keep it all on a cable connection.

4. Answered in #2.
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:08 AM
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If you would enjoy the better picture quality a newer TV would provide, you would benefit from a new one.

It may be a challenge finding an inexpensive TV with A/V inputs. Rather than seek that, it would be less expensive to replace the DVD player with one that has HDMI output. Maybe even upgrade to a BluRay player, while you're at it. Either upgrade will give you better picture quality and the BluRay player will play your DVDs and give you more options for buying discs!

With your limited Internet situation, what you don't need is Smart TV features. You'll almost certainly get them on a new, bargain TV anyway, because the streaming TV suppliers effectively subsidize the cost of TVs, in exchange for having their services built into them. You can just ignore those features on a new TV and enjoy the others!
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:20 AM
 
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You don't NEED a new TV.


You can buy a new one if you want to, of course. I don't see why you would imply a 5 year old one is near the end of its life, though.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:06 AM
 
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If you would enjoy the better picture quality a newer TV would provide, you would benefit from a new one.

It may be a challenge finding an inexpensive TV with A/V inputs. Rather than seek that, it would be less expensive to replace the DVD player with one that has HDMI output. Maybe even upgrade to a BluRay player, while you're at it. Either upgrade will give you better picture quality and the BluRay player will play your DVDs and give you more options for buying discs!

With your limited Internet situation, what you don't need is Smart TV features. You'll almost certainly get them on a new, bargain TV anyway, because the streaming TV suppliers effectively subsidize the cost of TVs, in exchange for having their services built into them. You can just ignore those features on a new TV and enjoy the others!
One question that occur to me this morning was how would those TVs on the market today respond to a situation that they might see as impossible? That is, if they can't achieve a connection for some kind of live feed (cable, streaming, antennae), would they forever being pestering me about it.....or even worse, have a nervous breakdown?

As far as the DVD player, HDMI is the way to go. The newer TV in the living room has 3 HDMI ports on it and with the switches connected to each one, the potential to run 12 units but I think I am only running 7 right now on those circuits. There are the older decks and regionless ones, plain DVD, that connect to A/V switches that go into the lone A/V port.

FORTUNATELY, it seems the regionless players have caught up and now have HDMI......and not too costly at that for non Blu Ray.

A Blu Ray, region 1, is one of the decks that connects into that TV but as far as regionless Blu Ray goes, I have kept out of that market because it is too complex, too expensive. $145 for a regionless Blu Ray is not that costly on the face of it but if one is looking at a good portion of their library becoming unwatchable because of the failure of the special machine, then costs go up when you need to have more than one special machine in the cluster, such as I do with plain regionless players.

I don't know if the TV in the bedroom, the one the subject of this thread, has a HDMI input or not. I would hope it does for if it is replaced and transferred to the dance room, then the HDMI port is how it would connect to the laptop since the Net is where a lot of my instruction comes from. But, if if if if......that is not a what's on the market question and how to solve such problem is the subject for another thread.

Back to the issue at hand, I suppose I should not limit the bedroom replacement TV potential too much for if the living room TV goes out, then the "new" bedroom TV would move into its place........and there 12 or so decks linked into it.

So back to that big question of can TVs on the market function if they are being used in a totally remote, isolated way?
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:59 AM
 
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So back to that big question of can TVs on the market function if they are being used in a totally remote, isolated way?
Yes, of course it can. No worries. I think Vizio still makes a TV with no tuner in it, meaning you couldn't use an antenna. But that's the exception, not the norm.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:23 AM
Bo Bo won $500 in our forum's Most Engaging Poster Contest - Tenth Edition (Apr-May 2014). 

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So back to that big question of can TVs on the market function if they are being used in a totally remote, isolated way?
Definitely. A good analogy might be features on a vehicle that you never use. If you live in a place that never gets cold, you might never turn on a heated seats feature. But it will be there if you drive to a cold place, someday in the future.
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Definitely. A good analogy might be features on a vehicle that you never use. If you live in a place that never gets cold, you might never turn on a heated seats feature. But it will be there if you drive to a cold place, someday in the future.

I would like to think so but given our paranoid, big brother, 1984, forced obsolence world.......just checking.
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