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Old 06-19-2003, 10:44 AM   #43
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Another option

We take along a Dell laptop with DVD player and a set of external PC speakers. It's a pretty big screen on this model and the picture is very good. I also bought a cig lighter power adapter from Dell so PC battery level is not an issue. The local library loans DVDs for a week at a time, which is nice for longer trips (OK not the very latest, but the price is right). And sometimes there's a nearby video store that has more contemporary DVDs. No TV with this setup, but a movie before bed is nice now and then.


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Old 06-19-2003, 12:32 PM   #44
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The loophole is whether 80% of the major markets are served by ATSC broadcasts, not when 80% of the viewers have ATSC equipment, like I also used to think.

The reason the FCC mandated tuners in new TVs is to counter the broadcasters arguement that there's no audience to view the commercials that fund their operation. That, and to reduce the backlash when NTSC is turned off.

That being said, until ATSC add-on tuners for NTSC TVs are $29.95, it would be political suicide to shut off Ma and Pa Kettle's $150 27" generic Wal-Mart TV. There'll be hell to pay in the next election.

What most folks also don't realize is that ATSC paves the way for pay-per-view and premium channel broadcast TV. Rather than one HDTV-quality channel, stations may decide to transmit several standard definition channels, some of which carry a conditional access system encoding, like those in premium and pay per view satellite and cable systems. ATSC Standard A/70 describes how this will be done.

I've decided to stay out of HDTV until things solidify a lot more. HDTV will die if YPbPr component inputs are no longer supported and most all of the HDTVs in existance become obsolete. No one will invest in the technology after that. It's wishful thinking, but I'd like to see DVI-HDCP totally replaced by Firewire/5C.

As for which monitor to buy, you can watch 16:9 (1.78:1) material on a 4:3 monitor with black bars on the top and bottom. We do this all the time with widescreen DVDs. With 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 movies, the bars get even larger. One can also watch 4:3 material on a 16:9 TV (widescreen computer monitors are usually 16:10) with black bars on the sides. And with 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 movies, even a 16:9 TV will have black bars top and bottom. A buyer needs to decide what they watch the most of when picking an aspect ratio.

Here's a handy Screen Comparison Calculator. It shows for example that watching 4:3 material on a 15" 16:9 screen is like watching a 12.3" 4:3 TV. And that watching 16:9 material on a 15" 4:3 TV is like watching a 13.8" 16:9 TV.

I may wind up with a cheap LCD panel myself because the 9" CRT isn't cutting it, and it's almost impossible to find a 15-17" CRT. I also want 12V power on it. But we'll wait for now.

I suspect there are VERY few of us who know much about ATSC and HDTV at all.

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Old 06-19-2003, 01:59 PM   #45
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Fascinating discussion. Unfortunately, (or fortunately I suppose) I'm just the average consumer who occasionally watches a show on DirecTV.

I can say with a high degree of certainty that if and when NTSC gets turned off, I may never buy another TV. To hell with them! When I was a kid in Sioux City, Iowa we got three channels, two VHF and (later) one UHF. There was seldom anything on worth watching. I now have DirecTV and get over a hundred channels with seldom anything on worth watching.

I confess that I would miss the History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery & SciFi, but not enough to go out and spend thousands, or even hundreds of dollars on new TVs.

I may be a little out there on this, but I wonder how many other folks in our general population would live without TV video, particularly as digital internet video technology is really blossoming?

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Old 06-19-2003, 03:08 PM   #46
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I can honestly say about the only time I watch broadcast TV is when a NASCAR race isn't on satellite, and for the local weather... and I can get that on the net. Once I go fulltime, I'll sign DirecTVs RV only waiver and get the East/West feeds of the broadcast networks. Won't care if they broadcast locally with ATSC.
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Old 07-02-2003, 03:20 PM   #47
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We have a 13" RCA 120 volt TV purchased at Wal*Mart for around $75.00. When away from shore power, it is powered from the 12 volt DC system of the trailer via 500 watt inverter that just plugs into the available cigar-lighter outlets in the trailer. The inverter also powers the satellite receiver. Inverter cost about $35.00 (picked up at Flying J).

I also run a 2nd 13" RCA TV in the sleeper of our truck via the same, small (fits in the palm of your hand), inverter.

Can also power two electric blankets on those cold nights while boondocking - plus it can run the coffee maker as well.

*Note* not everything on at once <grin>

If the truck is connected to the trailer, there is no battery problem: 2 batteries in the trailer; 4 in the truck.

Works for us.

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:03 PM   #48
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We bought a Poloroid LCD TV at Circuit City. It is HD, has analog & digital tuners, composite in, S-Video in, Component A/V in, VGA computer in, HDMI in, a USB port for memory sticks (plays MP4 video files) and has a DVD player.

All that for $300 for a 19" unit. There is also a 15" unit as well.

It doesn't advertise the fact that it runs on 12V DC, but it has an external power supply and guess what the output from that power supply is??? 12V DC!

I just made a direct cigarette lighter to TV cable (used the DC plug off of an old power brick I had, but you should also be able to buy them at Radio Shack). Works great!

My only complaint is that channel scan is Slowwwwww.

You can see the 19" unit at Circuit City's Web site.

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Old 07-01-2008, 08:23 PM   #49
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I have a 15"Magnavox flat lcd thats 12v in the Overlander. The problem I have is I cant find a 12v cord for it.
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12 v Flat Panel TV / DVD

I originally bought a flat panel Akai TV/ DVD from E Cost cheap. It turned out to be a remanufactured unit, didn't work and I returned it. I then bought an Audiovox which works fine. Since Audiovox is lower end the strore recomended I buy a service contract. It did not come with a 12v jack. I bought a 12v jack from Radio Shack. There are other TVs out there that basicaly work on 12v stepped down from 110, but some run on about 19. Check the specs, the salesman in the store probably won't know. It's important to check the 12v polarity in your trailer matches the polarity output of the factory 110 to 12v trasformer which you can do with a simple volt meter.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:12 AM   #51
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From a marine mail order house I have a heavy duty 12 volt LCD digital/analog Jensen tv that came with a 110 volt converter cord. Picture's great! Works fine! It's on its second season. From the mountains I can pick up Denver 100 miles away.
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:44 PM   #52
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Wow, another old thread resurrected!

With the change-over to HDTV this February, there are many HD options being made available, both 12 volt and 110 AC.

This topic has been explored in at least two recent threads: and if you care for more reading . . .
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:16 PM   #53

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Originally Posted by John View Post

I bought an RCA (p/n E13345) 13" AC/DC color TV on the net from Island Electronic Dist. Corp @ 1.800.221.6532 for $155.00.
Great set-no problems. Comes with both power cords.
Used the same set in the Safari.

Nice "little" TV , never had a problem.

Still use it once in awhile in the Classic when dock'n.

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