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I'm looking at purchasing the DVR+ from channnelmaster, but I still have my old Sony Tube Television. The problem I have is that there are no HDMI inputs on a TV of this vintage. I'm looking for a reasonably priced converter so I can use the DVR+ before I buy a new TV in a couple of years.

Any suggestions (Besides buying a new TV)?

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HDMI is a digital output, so it's not as simple as using any sort of cheap converter. You need an active converter, that can convert digital to analog. Not sure what if anything exists that can do both HDMI audio and video, but if so, it's probably at least $100 or more.

By far your BEST solution is get get rid of the antique tv set, and buy a new one. They are CHEAP compared to many years ago. Depending on the size you want, you could spend little as $150~, or go to say $300 for better.

I know you didn't want a new tv set as a solution, but there's no use being a hold out anymore with the low prices out there.
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I'm looking at purchasing the DVR+ from channnelmaster, but I still have my old Sony Tube Television. The problem I have is that there are no HDMI inputs on a TV of this vintage. I'm looking for a reasonably priced converter so I can use the DVR+ before I buy a new TV in a couple of years.

Any suggestions (Besides buying a new TV)?

Thanks!

Converters can be purchased for as little as $30 (caveat emptor), but I, too, would opt for a new TV.

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-White-Composite-Converter-Blue-ray/dp/B009CL8NH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1392930771&sr=1-1&keywords=hdmi+converter+to+composite
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Converters can be purchased for as little as $30 (caveat emptor), but I, too, would opt for a new TV.

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-White-Composite-Converter-Blue-ray/dp/B009CL8NH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1392930771&sr=1-1&keywords=hdmi+converter+to+composite



That's exactly what I was looking for. We're moving in a couple of years, so I just want something to get me by until we move and bite the bullet on a new TV for the new house. I know it's kinda silly to NOT buy a new TV as cheap as they are, but my old Trinitron is still going strong with a surprisingly good picture! I always said when it dies, we'll buy a new one, but the darn thing won't die! smile.gif
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Just to make sure, does your Sony have at least a composite input? Another option would be something like a iView 3500 DVR, they start ~$40 from places like Amazon and with a user supplied USB HDD(they start ~$50) you'd have a cheap DVR. The iView has HDMI as well as component, composite and even RF channel 3/4 output. Note it is NOT as refined as something like the CM+ and isn't name based recording, you program start and stop times like a old VCR.

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Just to make sure, does your Sony have at least a composite input? Another option would be something like a iView 3500 DVR, they start ~$40 from places like Amazon and with a user supplied USB HDD(they start ~$50) you'd have a cheap DVR. The iView has HDMI as well as component, composite and even RF channel 3/4 output. Note it is NOT as refined as something like the CM+ and isn't name based recording, you program start and stop times like a old VCR.

Yup. Video 1 and Video 2. Vid 1 (I think) also has an s-video input.

I'm looking for an upgrade from my Magnavox box. It's treated me decent over the last few years, but it's getting flaky and I like the idea of the Programming Guide, and the Internet Connectivity (Even though it's very limited so far).
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