As you may recall from my recent And that's when I said "Doh!"
blog, I recently came into the possession of an amazingly cool Jetson's
-like television. (I am guessing this little beauty is circa the 1960s, but I'm not too sure, so if you have any information on this I'd love to hear it.)
The great thing is that this little scamp still functions as shown above. I would love to have it working here in my office, sitting on the corner of the desk muttering away to itself. The thing is that I need a VHF feed to drive it (the above pic was taken in a local TV repair shop where they managed to generate a suitable signal).
The problem, of course, is that no one transmits analog television signals anymore – everything has gone digital. So what am I to do?
Actually, while I think about it I should note that someone has disconnected the "Rabbit Ears Antenna" at the back and added a coaxial cable connector as shown below, so this will make things just a tad easier.
One option would be to pick up an old VHS video recorder along with a few tapes ("I Love Lucie,"
perhaps). However, that would get boring after a while. Also, I don’t want to spend my days waiting for VHS tapes to rewind (I've spent enough of my life doing that).
Given a choice, my #1 vote would be to have the ability to have the CNN (cable network news) channel playing all day in the background. That way I would actually have a clue what was going on in the world (if "it" isn’t on National Public Radio on my drive into work or back home again, then I don’t know about "it").
Perhaps not too surprisingly, I don’t have any form of cable here in my office. What I do have is a WiFi connection to the Internet. So, what I would ideally like is something like an Apple TV as discussed in my Streaming your iPad videos thru a "Henry"
blog. That is, I want a small box that can connect via WiFi to the Internet on one side and stream live television out of the other side. Ideally it should output VHF, but if it outputs a digital signal I need some sort of converter.
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