The TV only has the 75 ohm antenna cable input. The DVD player RCA
jacks or S Video. They make converters @ $50+ but I went to Goodwill
and bought a $5. VCR. RCA cables from DVD to VCR and 75ohm coax from
VCR to the TV. Works for me!
They do have a beautiful picture, but my made in 1987 27" Magnavox is still
as sharp and clear as the day it was made. It blew a resistor a half dozen
years ago, which was a $1.00 fix, and the RF circuitry is busted, but the
RCA jacks on the back take the output from the cable box, and that's good
enough for me.
Besides, if I got a pretty looking TV I'd just spend more time watching the
The ~1990 Magnavox I just hooked up in the bedroom also looks like new
and "1990" new is new enough for me. Probably like you, I don't live my
life around my TV. I don't watch any certain program every day or week,
well maybe once a week if I remember it's on. I have an antenna and the
~25 channels I get are plenty for me. I couldn't imagine paying what
cable/satelite/... costs. I still remember when I did pay for cable
around 1983, there were no commercials. That was the biggest reason for
getting cable, no commercials! Now they charge 2 arms and a leg and it
has commercials! WTF? I do rent DVD's every week or three, I like
using "Red Box", it's very handy. $1 plus tax for a day and it doesn't
go up unless it's returned after 24 + hours, so far for me if I rent it
at about 5PM, it has to be returned by 9PM the next day. The Red Box is
1 mile from my house with 1 traffic light. I can order and hold a DVD
online and it emails me with all transactions including when I return
My old TV has to be connected to a VCR to get channels higher than 13.
I still have it, there is just a 50 plasma on top of it now.
If you have a working TV on top of a broken one, you might be a
On Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:55:57 PM UTC-4, Tony Miklos wrote:
You may see, when watching DVDs that have the Macrovision "copy protection" bit set, that the picture gets brighter and darker in a regular pattern over time. Macrovision[tm], if I remember correctly, messes up the signal a bit to sabotage attempts to dub yourself a copy of the "protected" DVD.
Your DVD player may not respect the Macrovision bit, or it may have a service menu option to turn it off. I mention this as a more general warning to others, because DVD -> VCR -> old TV is an obvious setup to try, especially if you're already using the VCR to tune in cable channels.
bit set, that the picture gets brighter and darker in a regular pattern over
time. Macrovision[tm], if I remember correctly, messes up the signal a bit to
sabotage attempts to dub yourself a copy of the "protected" DVD.
menu option to turn it off. I mention this as a more general warning to others,
because DVD -> VCR -> old TV is an obvious setup to try, especially if you're
already using the VCR to tune in cable channels.
I built a little box to avoid Macrovision protection to copy DVD.
It is very simple if you know how. Couple chips and [arts with soldering
iron. Now I download things to burn.
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