A fat, obsolete TV on a glass shelf?
December 25, 2012 12:53 PM Subscribe
About ten years ago, I unplugged an amost brand new TV, and just stopped watching TV entirely. Recently, I moved, and decided to dust off the TV and plug it back in. What I've learned is that there have been some changes in tv land since I've been away.
posted by Transl3y to Home & Garden (21 answers total)
My first realization of that fact was when I went shopping for a table to put the tv on, and all the tables were designed for flat-screens. A salesman said that I couldn't put a fat-screen on a table designed for flat-screen TVs, and some of the boxes said that too. And then an earlier post on Metafilter about digital signals opened my eyes to another change. I'm like rip van winkle here. So, here are my questions:
1.Is it true that if my TV was made ten years ago, I can't receive any channels on it, even if I get an antenna? Not even local news or PBS? That's the only reason I wanted to plug it in.
2. I thought I'd found a TV table that would support a fat-screen, when I found one that didn't say, on the box, that it was designed for flat-screens. I brought it home and put it together and then discovered that it said it was designed for flat-screens on the inside, in the instructions. But the instructions also say that the top shelf, which is made of tempered glass, will support a weight of up to 200 pounds. Why would a shelf that can support up to 200 pounds of flat-screen not be able to support a 60 pound fat-screen? It's true that the TV is a bit wider than the shelf, and would hang over, but I don't see why that would make any difference, in terms of the weight the shelf will support. And the weight of a my big old fat tv seems to be distributed over a large area than the weight of flat screens, too.
I realize I may seem a bit over cautious, but I've been afraid to put the tv on the table, because I just cringe at the thought of it all that glass shattering. Of course, if I'm correct in believing I won't be able to get any signal on the TV, it's a moot point, because I'm going to put the tv in the trash, and not on the table....
But then I'll still have a tv table sitting in my living room looking stupid without a tv on it and useless for anything else. I can see this all ending up with me buying another new tv that I'll never watch. Sigh.