By now, you all must be aware about the important mandate from the Federal Government with regards to new television units. It has been said that if you go in to purchase a new TV then ensure that it comes along with a built-in digital tuner. This would allow the TV to receive digital signals if you plan to connect it to the antenna. It is an important step by the Federal Government hence a proper research should be done by the consumer before you purchase a new TV.
However, in a hoard to buy the best at the best price consumers often neglect to watch out for the other features in the TV. I have been receiving messages from my readers stating that their TV units do not come along with a built-in tuner thus making it difficult to watch broadcast TV. I cross verified couple of them and I was taken by surprise when those TV units did not have any input for coaxial cable and also no tuner.
The manufacturers are playing very safe by calling them Display units instead of TV. Also on the packaging the manufacturers have also not made it clear as to what all the consumer is missing out. Without a digital tuner, it would be difficult to watch broadcast television. In such cases the consumer would need to get a converter box or a tuner separately. This means getting more number of devices, handling two remotes which ultimately seems to be a mess.
Without a coaxial cable input, a consumer may also miss out on watching cable television. In such cases they may need to purchase a cable TV box that has an HDMI output. This seems to be a bit too much. Also most of the consumers are not even properly aware about what they are supposed to look out for when purchasing a TV unit.
Thus to avoid making such mistakes, it is important to follow the tips mentioned below:
- Before you purchase a unit, ensure that the “TV” word is properly displayed on the product title instead of the word “Display”, “Monitor” or “Home Theatre”. Since it is mandatory for any manufacturer to have a built-in tuner for TV’s.
- Read out the specification properly before you finalize on the product. The specifications must have a “RF”, antenna or a coax TV input. Though not most of the TV units would be mentioning this input in their list. But if you can see this input then well and good. But if you cannot see this input then it may not be a good news.
- If you purchasing a TV online, then look out for the TV’s rear panel photo. It should show up the coax round connector. Note that it should be a single round connector and not the set of two or more coloured connectors.
It is important to be very cautious when you purchase a new product. Read out the specifications and information correctly and check for all details before making a final call. You do not want to end up with a new TV that does not have a tuner for watching broadcast channels.