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Heres a thought on saving a few Watts of power on a Zenith that physically feels cooler compared to a Digitalstream box that draws a few Watts more than Zenith, and gets quite warm.
This thought comes from an actual experience today with my DTX9950.
First- The Digital stream drawing a few more watts and getting warm.
Depending on the station, the Event Program Guide (EPG) can show you what is on now and many-many hours ahead of time. With several stations, I was able to see well into tomorrow to my surprise. And it was only 10 in the morning.
The EPG of the Digitalstream is a plus for me because I don't watch much TV simply because I don't care for the programming offered. I see one stations has a sub channel that has infomercials day and night! (Lock that channel out for good). I like the other post where some one suggested they could fill the sub channels with Dr. Who, Red Dwarf, Farscape and the like.
Today, I found that there was nothing I wanted to watch today. Being digital is new to me, I checked every channel and I get 64 of them. The EPG saved me a lot of time flipping the TV on and off today.
Second- The Zenith boxes that feel cooler and draw a few watts less than the Digitalstream.
With the Zenith EPG, I see what is on now and next. That's it. What about later on tonight? Who knows if you have a Zenith until you get closer to zero hour.
Again, with digital being new to me, how many times a day would I have to turn my 27" TV on, which sucks up lots more power than any converter box, and go through each channel and check the EPG for every 2 hours? Plus not to mention the time I would waste- all to find out there is nothing to watch today.
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Anyone remember how blazing hot those old-time cable TV set top boxes got?
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Electrons for thought.....