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Viewing Digital Media on Analog Treadmill

by creatnick / June 16, 2016 3:12 PM PDT

Hello. I recently purchased a used treadmill with an LCD TV only to realize once I purchased that it is analog with a coaxial input. I would like to be able to watch digital media from my phone or Roku.
I know that a digital converter box and antenna should allow me to watch broadcast HDTV but was wondering if there was a device or a way to set it up for both broadcast and internet content.
Thanks!

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Please.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 16, 2016 3:26 PM PDT

Please supply exact model numbers or links so members won't have to guess.

COAX could be old over the air antenna (channels 2 to 13!) or something else.

Frankly the cost of a box to get this working may be more than a small HDTV today.

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Thank for your response
by creatnick / June 17, 2016 10:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Please.
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It's a pre-HD TV
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2016 10:31 AM PDT

I know this is "code" for some but the line in the manual that nails is:
"NTSC-M or PAL-I, PAL-B/G, SECAM"

In the USA there are no signals for that and most cable TV companies have discontinued support of this system to old TVs.

So convertors are out there but cable TV has moved to encrypted cable boxes and no F connectors with Channel 3 output. Which means choices are iffy and usually the same price as a small HDTV.

My advice is to forget this has a TV, try the FM radio and save the money for a small HDTV.

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Other suggestions I've heard
by creatnick / June 17, 2016 10:45 AM PDT
In reply to: It's a pre-HD TV

I went to R.Shack yesterday and they had a Digital Converter box and another connector that connects HDMI to RCA cable, which I could then put into the converter box. I was hoping there might be something that combines the two. The guy who helped me said all in one is best is HDMI signal degrades significantly with each connection.

So my remaining questions are:
Is the above worth a try?
If not, can I simply get a converter box and at least get my local over the air channels?
Also...since you seem to be knowlegeable can anything be done with the networking input(similar to DSL or Ethernet on the back of the treadmill?

Again, really appreciate your time on this!!

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I don't see this work in the sub 100 buck range.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2016 11:11 AM PDT

Let me be clear. I have yet to see a HDMI to RCA cable work in the sub 100 buck range.

Also, this is a non-starter for your treadmill because the video connection if F-type as in what an antenna uses. So not only must the HDMI convert to old NTSC but then put it on channel 3.

I found no network connections in the documentation.

-> Maybe and I mean maybe the usual HD Antenna to old TV convertor box might work but you are out 20 bucks for the antenna, then 35 to more for the box and you are futzing with the setup to get it working. Most folk will not get it working.

Remember I can't know what country you are in or if the HD antenna will get any channels you want to watch.

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I hear ya...
by creatnick / June 17, 2016 11:59 AM PDT

I am in the U.S. in South AZ. FWIW I already have the antenna just not the converter box.(may try some thrift stores)

The Fitness Networking is on page 14 of the manual. I am not sure what it could be used for or not, but that is why I am on this forum as someone not too technically knowledgeable.

So if I hook up the converter box I need to use Channel 3?

The challenge is just to get this to work, I know I can buy a TV and wall mount it but thought I would see...

Thanks

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As to channel.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2016 12:11 PM PDT
In reply to: I hear ya...

My bet is it will be from channel 2 to 13. But most of this seems to power up on Channel 3 so that's why I wrote that.

As to the network it looks to be for data to some app as noted and not "the internet." So that's clear to me you won't see a web browser or youtube there.

It's a technical setup and all I can do is share how I might set it up and also the fact I would never do this. I'd get some small HDTV and leave this as-is. I think the FM radio would be the best thing to use on this one.

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