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Originally Posted by T Heller View Post
Hi guys, I've been away for awhile. Just caught up on the last seven months of posts.

I'm wondering whether what I discovered several years back (that TV manufacturers weren't producing sets that accessed the PSIP data required to be in the HD OTA broadcast signal) has changed lately.

Does anyone know of any manufacturer that enables a viewer to bring up the electronic TV guide and use it to review programming that's upcoming - and to 'select' events for the tuner to tune to later in the evening, etc? Or are all the mfrs turning their backs on this feature of HDTV, at the behest of the subscription TV networks?

The reason I ask is that my second DTBH260F Samsung set-top box with PSIP has now bit the dust. I have greatly enjoyed this feature for most of the last decade and place high value on its service. But I'm unsure I'll ever find anything on the market to replace it/them.

Thanks for any info/thoughts/condolences...

I haven't checked this site for several weeks, so as a result I just read your post. I understand your dilemma but I don't know how or where to direct you because I have not shopped for any DTV units for a few years.

I do have an extra RCA ATSC11, an HD STB from 2003. It does provide a very nice program guide for the upcoming 12 hours, but that is pretty much the limit as to what it will do. I'd pass it on to you for a few dollars plus shipping charges if you have any interest in it. Send me an IM if you have any questions/interest. Thanks.
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I'd like to give a plug for a little TV repair shop on the west side named "Technical Service". It's a few blocks south of 38th Street and Lafayette Road in Indianapolis. I have a big, beautiful 67" Samsung LED DLP rear-projection TV set, and recently its black level has become more like a milky-gray level, and the screen was filled with dozens of white and black dots. I discovered online that I just needed to replace the DLP chip, and ShopJimmy has them for $180, if you know what to ask for.

Since I'm not that mechanically inclined, and since Samsung uses a variety of DLP chips even within the same model number of the TV (requiring 2 disassemblies - one to find out which chip, and the other to put the new chip in) I called around various TV repair shops in Indy. Most were in the $400-$500, $50 deposit, see-you-in-a-week standard fare, but Technical Service said they could do it for a flat $250 fee and I could have it back the same day.

To make a long story short, these guys are great. They brought my aging DLP back to life... they replaced the chip and cleaned it up inside and out, and this thing looks AMAZING now. And they got it done in just a few hours. Even with the cost of renting a U-Haul van for a day it was cheaper than all the other places I called.

Anyway - keep this place in mind. I know repairing a TV is pretty unusual these days when the prices for new sets are getting so low, but for this size of TV $250 was a bargain compared to replacement alternatives. And nothing beats DLP for picture quality, in my opinion!
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