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Recyclers crack open analog TVs as digital transition nears

As the U.S. shifts from analog to digital television, many individuals are trading in their old sets for new models. CNET News follows a TV as it gets recycled by e-Recycling of California.

As the U.S. shifts from analog to digital television, many individuals are trading in their old sets for new models. CNET News follows a TV as it gets recycled by e-Recycling of California. While e-Recycling's process wouldn't qualify as a TechRepublic Cracking Open gallery, it's good to see they're breaking down the TVs in a safe and environmentally-friendly way as possible.

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13 comments
bobdavis321
bobdavis321

There is a lot that can be done with working analog TV's. They can be used with cable TV, they can be used with DVD players, and Game machines. They can be sent to counties that still use analog. However most of those countries are PAL....

sebas8194
sebas8194

I live in Colombia and the DTV here is going some time to establish, the goverment choose the european digital TV standard, it still in test,in the meanwhile, we still use the analog NTSC TV standard, and i like the idea to receive a big but cheap or possibly free!!! :-) used analog TV from USA to change my old and small one.

JonA_z
JonA_z

One would think that smart and efficient recyclers would have teamed up with suitable small CE manufacturers to remanufacture sets that have good components. For many sets this would mean simply replacing analog tuners with digital ones and, depending on their appearance, placing everything in a new, generic branded case with the re-manufacturer's name on it. I'm sure there are plenty of consumers who would like to get a newer and larger TV while paying less by buying a remanufactured unit that that's been upgraded to receive digital signals. Heck, if I ran a TV repair business, I would have been marketing "digital tuner upgrades" as a service for the past year or so. Who wants another box hooked to their TV. A lot of older, analog tube sets still work just fine (mine does) and, while the picture isn't HD, it looks much better with a digital receiver (mine does).

ewingdweller
ewingdweller

You CAN still keep using your old analog set IF you buy an HD Converter box to dummy down the HD signal! If you've bought video tapes and DVDs, you can still watch those until your players and/or media self-destruct! You DO NOT HAVE TO go out and buy a digital display if your old one still works.

dwd1949
dwd1949

The analog set would essentially have to have a new chassis installed to replace the analog set not just the tuner - Then the sweep circuits to paint the picture have to be drastically altered to permit higher frequencies than are possible on the analog chassis board. Additionally signal processing must be altered for gain and separation. In the long run it's cheaper to buy new rather than alter to reuse the old. Nice idea though!

santeewelding
santeewelding

From hand-made, custom threads for this bolt and that nut. I hear you. But I still have not gotten used to it.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

This is the end of analog broadcast TV forever.If your town makes anything to do with analog broadcast TV the Government just did you in.Hand made one of a kind assembly lines will now be destroyed and after it is discovered that DTV isn't good enough,it's gone forever.DTV will end up being like the Internet---controlled by hackers.It's going to get heavy with analog shut off.The police will show up with the military and they will cut the wires to your tower.Engineers are packing it up.They do not want to be around for the gun battles.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

The FCC did not send me a copy of the law,just some hype on DTV.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

No government in the US, at any level, sends out personal notices about changes in the law. May I remind you that a few years ago you were the jerk screaming how a change to Daylight Saving Time was a conspiracy by the "New World Order" that was going to cause aircraft to crash and the collapse of the world economy. Every so often you manage to post something barely coherent and convince people you're actually saying something deep with hidden meanings. Then you revert to form with something like this and I am assured you're a complete nut job. Aren't you due at the Tin Foil Hat Society meeting?

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

Thanks. My first good laugh of the day.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Right up there with the "DST conspiracy". This one belongs on "BALTHOR's Greatest Hits".