Originally Posted by hearrean
Good to hear you're still alive out there, Tia!!
Meh. I'm still alive. My grandparents got the D6003 55" "Black Friday" Samsung TV and while the panel is good (has some clouding but can't really avoid that completely until Samsung finally gets their engineering to do something about it), there is an issue that I wonder if anybody else has seen here.
You see, my grandparents still use VCRs. Not one or two, but FIVE of them. Four are recording shows daily and the fifth is connected to the HDTV in the living room. The problem comes when playing tapes. What will happen (and I think would likely happen on my 2010 model as well) is that during playback the picture will lose color every once in a while (like an s-video signal would when one of its pins is broken) but the color will usually come back. The bigger issue is the picture "slipping". That is, the picture will dip (move) about 1/3rd of the way down the screen to where there is a black bar at the top and the bottom third of the picture is missing until it re-syncs. The VCR is connected via the coaxial antenna port, due to my grandparents needing simplicity (ease of use) and the DVD player they have taking the only other analog input (component video).
It almost seems like the sets made today are using an overarching anti-piracy mechanism that has major trouble keeping a signal lock on user-recorded VHS signals. I've tried to get them to switch to DVRs but they literally have almost 100 tapes full (6-8 hours of programming on each) and are so far behind that they'll be needed the VCR to watch those for the next year at least. That and after having issues with the similarly named (but obviously different to those that are tech savvy) DVD-R units, they're extremely leary of even touching a DVR, not realizing that DVRs are basically their STB with a hard drive inside to record the shows. They're also not keen on the $10/mo. more it'd cost to move up from SD non-DVR to HD-DVR for each of the five DirecTV boxes they have in the house, plus the hassle of setting up (and re-setting up should the power fail) the network feature that allows multiroom DVR streaming to a master DVR in the living room. I know how to do this, and even how to make it easy for them but they're old and old dogs have hard times learning new tricks as it were.
So I ask here if anybody still uses a VCR and has those issues, and if so, what workarounds have you found for them? I can't test myself because one thing I do
know is that when connecting the TV via HDMI as I do through a receiver and the video source is analog, FF/REW can't be viewed onscreen at all due to sync loss. It's basically boiling down to new tech fighting against old tech and giving the user a miserable time.
FWIW the only reason I'm asking in this thread is because this issue will apply to either of our TVs when watching VCR recordings. and I want to find a solution.
Edit: Looks like it's gotten to the point the TV can't even lock onto the VCR's signal anymore. This is ridiculous. The antenna input (coaxial) has analog capability, receives the analog signal from our STB flawlessly, but the VCR is causing a sync loss. Now I have to email Samsung...ugh. My good eye for somebody at Samsung that could speak English well enough to give me a good response.
Edit #2: Looks like it only happens with home-recorded tapes. My ST: First Contact VHS tape (that I just now opened *roofles!*) works great with no skipping or picture slippage. But the tapes recorded on my grandparents' multitude of VCRs (a mixture of Zenith and Panasonic) are the ones with issues. I'll find out tomorrow if a newly recorded tape (a 10 year old Scotch brand VCR tape) records a good signal. If so, then that means that the heads on the VCRs needed to be cleaned, which I did four days ago (making all the tapes we're trying to watch right now recorded before the head cleaning).
I. HATE. VCRS.