Perhaps you still have an old fashioned TV and see no reason why you should purchase a new one. As long as you are using cable, you should have no problem.
But if you use an antenna, your TV is probably useless now that over-the-air transmissions are now digital. You require a digital converter box to convert the digital signals into analog signals.
You can purchase those digital boxes for around $50. But if you do, then you should perhaps consider the HomeWorx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box.
The HomeWorx HW-150PVR ATSC not only converts digital signals to analog one but also has a PVR function. You can record TV programs on a USB key or drive. With an external hard drive, you can record tons of TV shows. The recording feature is normally found in equipments costing about $200. The HomeWorx HW-150PVR however costs about the same price as a normal converter box. Which one would you prefer to buy?
The HomeWorx HW-150PVR comes with a remote control, an A/V cable and a user manual.
It has an HDMI output, a component video output and a composite video output. There are also an audio and a coaxial digital audio output.
The formats used for pictures are JPEG, BMP and PNG. For music, they are mp3, wma and aac. The movie files are MPEG-2 SD/HD, MPEG-4, DivX, avi, dat, vob, mkv and mjpeg.
We connected the HomeWorx to a JVC analog TV and were able to get all the OTA channels. The images were good.
We then connected it to a 50″ LG digital TV, which has a defective digital turner. It was unable to receive OTA signals. With the HomeWorx cable box, the TV could receive the digital signals again. We were actually very impressed with the picture quality. It was much sharper and clearer than before.
We tested the recording feature. It works flawlessly and there was no difference between the original images and those of the recording.
You can record directly while watching or used the programmed Time Recording. There is also the Timeshift funcion, which allows you to pause the TV program, while it begins to record so that you do not miss anything.
We highly recommend the HomeWorx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box if you need a converter box to enable your analog TV to work. Even if you have a digital TV, you might want to purchase it just for its recording function.