Just bought a cheap 20" Tube TV for our Kitchen. This unit has a digital
tuner built in. We have cable . My question is since the cable box converts
the digital signal to analog am I missing some picture quality? Most likely
connecting the cable directly would not allow me to receive premium
channels. Any one else out there solved the same problem---if there is
one---. comcast has only one cable box.
Sure it will, all TV's sold now are going to have a digital tuner
because in Feb 09 the analog signal goes bye-bye.
If the CRT is flat and not convex they can call it "flat screen"
because it is.
To the OP: Unless your TV offers a digital input (which I doubt since
you said it was cheap) you're stuck with the configuration you have.
You can hook a set of rabbit-ears up to it and see the "hidden
channels" that are broadcast over the air if you want to see what
digital TV looks like (it's just an MPEG2 stream).
No, flat screen CRTs appeared years ago, well before LCD screens were
any sort of reasonable alternative to CRTs. Flat screen CRTs *were*
different, and commanded a price premium over, non-flat CRTs. The
standard Trinitron or equivalent slot-mask tube typically had a
cylindrical face, while delta-gun CRTs typically had a somewhat
spherical screen face.
(I'm typing this on a flat-screen CRT, a ViewSonic EF70).
Back to my original question regarding connection between cable box and tube
type(FLAT SCREEN TV) I find the cable box has red&white audio output jacks
with yellow video. The TV has same for input. Would this work with TV set to
video 1 or 2 input.How much better signal would I get if any?
Last time this subject
No better. Any time there's a junction in the wire, there's a loss of signal
quality. (probably not noticeable though).
Try connecting the cable TV wire directly to the new TV. Most likely it can
receive cable TV signals. Then send the set-top box back to the cable co.
so they stop charging you monthly rent.
In this case, there would be a noticable improvement using the white/red/yellow
connectors, as you would be eliminating the entire tuner of the TV set from the
That might not be a good idea, as cable companies are rapidly forcing customers
to give up their analog service and switch to digital. It won't matter at all
that your TV has a digital tuner unless you use it for over the air broadcast
reception. For any Cable or satellite provider, their proprietary converter box
will be mandatory.
Use red/white/yellow if you use the cable box.
Reception of a direct broadcast digital signal (not old analog channel)
via antenna should display as good a picture as R/W/Y (if antenna signal
is strong enough so picture does not have some breakup).
I agree with Bob that direct cable connection to the TV may be best if
the TV tunes to cable channels. (It won't get premium channels like
HBO.) This should also be as good a picture as the R/W/Y cable box
(Returning box - if the cable co. changes to digital you need a
different converter box anyway.)
Not only that, but if there is a window or other lamp in the room, the
flatter the screen the easier it is to turn the tv or to sit so that
the light won't be reflected in the screen. With a convex screen,
this can be impossible. (Of course that's all I have, and most places
By chance I was at Target on Reisterstown Road just inside the
Baltimore Beltway (there are two on that street) just two days ago,
and looked at tv's. They had what they called a kitchen tv for 185
dollars iirc, about 8" screen. It was digital. Then I noticed a tv
for even less, 145 maybe, with a much bigger screen. But there was a
I don't know about the FCC but I was at Target two days ago, and they
had at least two models that were not digital. The shelf-edge
price sign for each had a paragraph on the right that was at least 40
words long that said that the tv would only work with cable and
satellite after that date early next year.
Well, that's what Hiawatha says all right, but either he was wrong or
something has changed or Target is ignoring the law. I doubt it is
the third one because they went to a lot of trouble to print those
signs, which were very nicely done, and they could have just not
accepted those tv's in the first place.
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