Remember the Commodore VIC20? It had external RF modulator, but most RF modulators do UHF band only.
I remember having this old B/W (1959 model) TV with VHF input only. With the help from some grown-ups, I managed to get my hands on this modulator for VHF range, so I could get my Commodore VIC20 and 64 to run on it, but Im afraid they're all buried now (except for the TV wich is stacked up on some attic).
That was desperate times for a young geek.
"I don’t want to spend my days waiting for VHS tapes to rewind (I've spent enough of my life doing that"
I'll take rewinding VHS after my movies over the modern-day unskipable logos/warnings/ads jammed in the beginning of DVDs & BluRays. The optical disc authors have become either obnoxious or lazy (unsure which).
FWIW, I use a DTV to VHF converter box at my house in the mountains with my 15 year old Panasonic 32" tube set. Works fine for the 3 or 4 channels I can get, though, since I am in a fringe area, the reception gets "blocky" at times. This is a lot more annoying than the analog snow I used to have before the conversion to digital.
That TV may still be useable depending on where you live.
If you live in an area where standard digital Television does not cover due to terrain or distance then translator stations, which are typically run by private individuals or community groups, are allowed to provide television service by the use of translator stations which are not yet required to use digital modulation.
For instance mountainous regions of the Western US still have some VHF translators broadcasting over the air using NTSC video.
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