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Old 20-01-2009, 04:50   #1
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TV after digital switch

For those of you who have TVs on board, what will you do after all US markets go to digital? Will you connect a converter box? Or switch to satellite TV like Dish Network?

We have a dish and "follow me" system, but since we will only be on the boat sporadically starting this summer, I am loathe to pay a monthly subscription. Has anyone already hooked up a converter box? Is it much more difficult than hooking one up to a home-based TV?

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Old 20-01-2009, 07:33   #2
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The only difference from hooking one up at home would be if you use a 12 volt tv now. I don't think any of the converter boxes operate on 12 volts so you would have to run your inverter.

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Old 20-01-2009, 08:12   #3
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This digital to analog converter box runs off 12 volt DC and draws 4.5 watts maximum. I would imagine there are others.

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DTVs have gotten so cheap, in sizes suited for or onboard, take the box money and apply it to a flat screen. You will also free up some space.
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Yes, go to a HD TV or buy a HD VCR to connect to the TV. Personally, I am going to buy a HD TV with a built in DVD.
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I can get a 12 volt digital TV with DVD in built - flat screen and about 15 inch screen for 399 Australian (which is about 20 cents US at the current exchange rate - actually its about 250 US) have one on order for the new boat
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I bought a 13-inch dTV/DVD along with a pivot wall (bulkhead) bracket from 12 Volt Travel Color Flat Panel LCD TV's - Appliances - Coffee Makers - Heaters - Refrigerators - Air Compressors - Power Supply and love it!

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