- She has cable, but there is no cable outlet at her vanity.
- Over-the-air reception is bad.
- There are no rooftop antennas and she doesn't want any.
- She wants to use a TV, not a computer.
- The set-up needs to be cost-effective since the TV will be used only an hour a day.
- She wants the TV for news, if possible.
- She has a spare, older flat-screen TV, but it is missing a remote.
I'm thinking the choices boil down to:
1. Have the cable company run cable to the vanity and use the existing spare TV (or buy a new TV). This will give her the cable news she is used to.
2. Get an indoor antenna and attach it to the spare TV for over-the-air reception. This won't give her CNN/MSNBC, but would be okay if it was inexpensive and she could reliably find an "entertaining" channel.
Some of these questions can be answered by her cable company, but I thought I'd ask here first:
- 1. Her existing TVs require a special box from the cable company and entail a monthly charge. Can TVs be purchased that don't require one of these special boxes?
- 2. If she bought a universal remote to work with the spare TV, is it guaranteed to work with that TV? She has a variety of other brand-specific remotes. Can they be made to work with her spare TV, which is from a different company?
- 3. The spare TV is a little big. Can TVs that are smaller - say 10-inch or smaller - be used with cable?
- 4. Is running a cable to a new location typically inexpensive?
Thanks in advance. I'm not a TV guy, so out of my element here.