I have a friend in a bit of a predicament. She broke the coaxial input on her TV. She lives in a dorm room that provides basic cable. A cable box is not an option. I am trying to figure out how to help her but I cannot find any type of external tuner. Getting her any type of basic channels would be enough.
Does anyone have any ideas? Again, the only coaxial input to the TV has been broken so it'll need to utilize RCA, HDMI, etc...
If it's analog cable, a used VCR will work. Should be around $20, if that (maybe a relative has one they can just give her.)
If it's digital, you need something with a QAM tuner, either one of the external tuners (like the Channel Master) or a DVD recorder. That's going to be pricier, but probably around $100-$250, depending on what she gets.
A VCR is easy, but the CM is a lot, just to buy a tuner already in the TV set. For that kind of $$, couldn't the coax input be fixed? Or don't people fix anything anymore?
On an old CRT TV, tuner repair was practical. Not so on a flat panel. (not available as a repair part - hard to impossible to remove)
If the dorm has an analog cable feed (fairly common) then a VCR would work fine to tune stations and output composite (yellow/red/white) video.
Since small sets didn't need digital tuners until 2007, I believe, a digital system would have almost had to have offered a cable box option. (and there is no requirement for cable digital tuners in TVs at all)
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Thanks for the suggestions, fellas. Isn't everything digital now? Would an analog signal from a VCR tuner even work?
Depends on the cable company. I still get an analog feed (along with a digital feed) from Time Warner, and they haven't released any timetable for going all digital. I even use a VCR to tune my bedroom TV.
Ask her how the channels tuned before the coax broke. If they had funky numbers with decimals, it's likely digital. If not, it could still be analog.
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