I just saw this cool little TV Time Machine project for the Raspberry Pi:
“For the innards, Wellington used a cannibalised thrift store Dell monitor, hooking it up to a Raspberry Pi 2 and some second-hand speakers. After the addition of Adafruit’s video looper code to loop free content downloaded from the Internet Archive, plus some 3D-printed channel and volume knobs, the TV Time Machine was complete.”
However, we already have a TV Time Machine that can play anything available on our TiVo Roamio OTA (over-the-air):
Broadcast television today is a retro paradise: MeTV, Antenna TV, GRIT, Comet, Heroes & Icons, GetTV, COZI, etc.
The TiVo also can provide DVR recordings, any show we have on Plex, anything on Netflix or Amazon.
Our TV Time Machine in action:
But a composite output is available as well.
I connected an X10 video sender unit to this output with an RCA cable (red, white, and yellow plugs).
Whatever is playing on TiVo in the den is transmitted via the sender to the video receiver unit in the guest room, which is attached to the 1983 TV set by a standard TV coax cable.
The den TV doesn’t need to be on.
[Above left: video sender unit in den; above right: video receiver unit in the guest room. The little curved rod is an IR extender, not needed here. It can be folded down.]
Control the den TiVo remotely from the guest room with the free TiVo phone app:
I try to keep the sender off when not in use because it jams part of the crowded 2.4 GHz band used by older wifi routers; see previous post Conflict between Wifi, X10 video sender.
The X10 receiver can be on all the time. The old TV is always set on channel 3.
Since these devices are analog, the picture looks especially good on an old analog TV.
Next up: “Police Squad!”… IN COLOR