1. You could use a splitter. I'm personally using an A/B switch. My Fox and CBS stations will supposedly be at full power soon, so hopefully I won't need to use the switch much after that.
2. I've got a problem with the picture when watching things from my PC, but that might not really be the TV's fault..? *shrug* There is a thin, black, horizontal line at the very bottom of the picture that is visible when I switch to 16:9. I can't find a way to crop it, so I have to live with it when I'm watching 16:9 stuff. It isn't there when watching digital OTA; only when I'm watching off my PC. This TV has some geometry problems and whatnot, as you would pretty much expect from any flat screen CRT TV. You'll probably notice an obvious problem on the bottom right of the screen. Also, on mine, horizontal lines bend toward the center on the far left and right. There is a thick, vertical "gray bar" visible on the left side of the screen when the screen is black or near-black; you will usually only notice this when the screen is "blank," or during movie credits, etc. Thin black lines against a light background and some other high contrast stuff will "shake"; that isn't usually a problem during normal viewing, but you'll see what I'm talking about if you look at a sharpness test pattern or something. I assume you already know this, but this TV does not have any audio outs. Automatic "v-compression" when watching digital OTA is nice. Switching to 16:9 mode for an input device, however, is a PITA. You have to go through the menu to do it. I programmed a macro on my learning remote to make it less annoying. Oh, something else: digital OTA is damn loud on this TV. It doesn't bother me, but if you like to fall asleep with the TV on, watch TV while someone else is sleeping, etc., then it could be a problem. And you will definitely need to adjust the volume when you switch between digital and analog. There is minor red push, but maybe like 15%, it's really not a big deal. The 27" does not have a tilt control like the 32" and 36" FS170s. That wasn't a problem for me, but I've heard several people complain about the screen being tilted. If you buy a TV with that problem, you may want to exchange it. Because AFAIK
, it can't be corrected from the menus on this model. I might be wrong about this, but I don't think this TV has an option to display captions only while muted. That seems odd if it's true, but it's not something that I care about. I don't use the favorites feature.
3. I think so. I'd be much happier with a widescreen HDTV. But I needed something cheap, and I didn't trust those cheap HDTVs from Insignia and RCA. I got this for around $300 a few months ago, and I guess that's fair. If I'd bought this for around $250, I'd feel much better about it. The most inexcusably chintzy thing about this TV is that it doesn't have audio outs. Boooo! I can live with that, though. It also doesn't have a QAM tuner, but I don't need that. The only other thing that really bothers me is that damn black line on my screen when I'm watching widescreen movies and stuff, but I've never heard anyone else mention that. I think it might have something to do with my source, but I really don't know. I really wish the geometry was better, but it doesn't bother me too much.
FWIW, I'm pretty anti-Sony, so I tried to find something else to buy. From what I saw, there just weren't any other SDTVs with PQ as good as the Sony. And some 4:3 SDTVs don't have a 16:9 mode, and that was the one thing that I considered a deal breaker. BTW, if you've been watching analog OTA, you'll probably be pretty happy watching digital OTA on an SDTV. It's obviously not HD, but it's still a massive improvement.