Join Date: Feb 2009
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I recently got enough extra money to buy a larger HDTV. For the past few years, I've been using a 32" Sharp Aquos; very nice set. Last week I bought a 50" LG 50LS4000, in large part because it had separate composite and component inputs. I wanted composite inputs for my old Sony PVR and component for my newer Magnavox PVR. The Magna has HDMI Out, but I've been using the component outputs so the TV would display closed captions when I wanted them. (And exactly whose bright idea was it to not have HDMI carry CC???!!) I prefer to use the CC capability of the TV, because if I turn on CC in the source component (e.g. the Comcast box), then they're recorded in the open on the PVR and I can't choose not to watch them when I view or archive the recording.
Well, things didn't turn out as I expected. The LG is not sensing the CC signal from the PVR. If I switch to the composite input, it sees the signal just fine. So I know that the TV can display CCs when it wants to; it just doesn't want to from the PVR. :-(
This isn't the sort of detail that turns up on specs, so if I decided to return this TV and get another one, how would I know whether it was going to sense CC on its component inputs? My selection of TVs was already narrow due to wanting both composite and component inputs, so I don't know what my odds are of finding one that has that plus CC via component. :-( I would have bought another Aquos, but the smallest one that has both types of analog inputs is 60", which is way bigger than I need (or can fit in the available space).