The Magnavox model we have at our Wal-Mart only has the 75 ohm coaxial and the tradtional red/white/yellow RCA compostie inputs. What should you expect for $49? BTW, we do have this model on display, but not hooked to any TVs, since we don't have cable on them to begin with, only whatever the service is on channel 14-1.
The coupon program only allows for standard-definition outputs - that would include RF and composite. I think
S-video would be OK too.
Quote from: kenglish on Yesterday at 07:27:51 am
What exactly is a "SmartAntenna"? I saw this on RCA's converter box.
A "SmartAntenna" is one that automatically rotates on command from the receiver to deliver the best signal. It looks like, rather than physically rotating with a motor, available SmartAntennas use varying phase relationships between physically-fixed elements to rotate their reception pattern. Kinda like the way an AM station changes its pattern by changing the amplitude & phase of the RF sent to the towers. (rather than by actually moving the towers)
Also, it appears none of them offer cable card slots, which is something I saw Freeview boxes in Europe have. It would be a good way of offering pay-per-view OTA, but I guess the cable and sat companies wouldn't like the competition.
OTA pay TV failed pretty miserably back in the 1970s - once cable was available to most of the audience, OTA pay vanished.
I think one problem was that for the money they had to charge just to cover the cost of billing, the single-channel service was a pretty bad value compared to cable.
The other problem was rampant use of unauthorized decoder boxes. I would imagine that by the end, most OTA pay systems had more unauthorized (and non-paying) viewers than paying customers.
In any case I don't think that's an authorized feature for a coupon-eligible box.