2.5 years ago, we suffered a lightning-pocalypse.
Last month, in a coincidence-pocalypse, I lost a tablet and phone.
Now, a mere mono-pocalypse: our old 2002 36″ tube TV in the den finally gave up the ghost.
But it isn’t really a bad thing.
We got an extra 2.7 years out of it by purchasing an HDMI-to-component video converter to use with our then-new TiVo (Replace the old TV?).
I had worried that the old TV either wouldn’t last much longer, or would last too long, so this is about right.
I also had not looked forward to hauling off the 217 lb. monster.
That problem was solved by buying the replacement at Best Buy.
Best Buy delivered the new one and hauled away the old one for a total of $35. Well worth it!
Our plan to replace all tube TVs with flat screens is now complete.
Except for the 1983 13″ Emerson TV in our workout room.
It is able to display the TiVo’s output with the aid of an X10 video sender/receiver pair.
It’s also completely controllable with the TiVo’s RF remote.
Perfect for limited use and nostalgia.
A 43″ Sharp Roku TV is the replacement.
Roku TV displays HDMI inputs (and one composite input) as Roku channels.
So TiVo becomes one of many channels selectable with the Roku remote. If you select it, then pick up the TiVo remote to control it.
If you start with the TiVo remote, you can turn on the TV, then use the Input button to switch to the TiVo “channel”. Perfect.
My own 5-in-1 X10 learning universal remote for the den, which I had outlandishly stretched to be a 7-in-1, just became a 6-in-1, since the Roku and TV merged. The simplification made it easier to use.
My wife uses the separate TiVo and Roku remotes.
The nice thing is that our cord-cutting savings over the last 2.75 years have much more than paid for all of our tube-to-flat-screen upgrades.
I can now put the HDFury Gamer 2 HDMI-to-component video converter on eBay and recover most of its cost.