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SuperSmeg

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#1 10 years ago

I am looking to buy a lcd TV with the following specs:

Built-in multi-region DVD player NTSC and PAL Playback HD Ready Built-in Freeview tuner Between 15 and 21 inches wide if possible

Does anyone know if I can get something like this in the UK?




Bs|Archaon

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#2 10 years ago

Erm, yes, you can get something like that in the UK. Rather easily. Have you tried...for example...Currys...Comet...PC World...Argos...the internet? Even Tesco of all places sell sets exactly like you described, which probably means the other big supermarkets do as well.

Amazon.co.uk: LCD TV DVD

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#3 10 years ago

Bs|Archaon;4792749Erm, yes, you can get something like that in the UK. Rather easily. Have you tried...for example...Currys...Comet...PC World...the internet? I've even seen sets exactly like you describe in all the Tesco supermarkets in my area.

Amazon.co.uk: LCD TV DVD

Have fun.

Erm, yeah. I've tried. Problem is, none of the LCD TV DVD combos I have seen have said if the built-in DVD player is multi-region capable or not.

I wouldn't have posted this thread if I had found exactly what I was looking for.

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#4 10 years ago

In that case probably not, but the only way you're going to find out for definite is by asking the retailer or (preferably) manufacturer.

I know it's not what you're asking for but we've got a crap little £20 DVD player downstairs which we got from Currys a couple years back. Just saying that not all DVD players are massive slabs of plastic, you can get smaller ones if space is tight and you really do need it to be multi-region. An alternative option is that you can 'unlock' some DVD players but as far as I'm aware it's rare to be able to do it to a TV/DVD combo - but that's for you to find out if you want to go that route.




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#5 10 years ago

Built in DVD players are stupid. If they break beyond repair you have to replace the entire unit, costing more. Plus they are more expensive to buy, and more expensive to repair. Just get a typical DVD player, and an LCD with pleanty of HDMI Input (Like 4 atleast)




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#6 10 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;4792804Just get a typical DVD player, and an LCD with pleanty of HDMI Input (Like 4 atleast)

4 HDMI inputs? Mine has two and that's plenty. I use one with my Xbox 360 and one with my Blu-Ray player. My HD digital cable box uses component, because there are no broadcasts higher than 720p.

Long story short, I would hardly call 4 HDMI ports necessary, much less any more than that.




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#7 10 years ago

Yeah, 4 HDMI's does seem pretty excessive. I was blown away when I saw my TV came with 3. I remember thinking, "What the hell am I going to plug into all of these?"




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#8 10 years ago

Exactly. Unless you have a 1080p display, and 4 devices that all output 1080p via HDMI, then you don't need that many. Component works just as well up to 1080i, including 720p.




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#9 10 years ago
Zamamee;4792952Exactly. Unless you have a 1080p display, and 4 devices that all output 1080p via HDMI, then you don't need that many. Component works just as well up to 1080i, including 720p.

Hell, I have a 1080p display, and I have a HD satellite receiver, a PS3, and a 360. I still don't use all three of the inputs (my 360 is old school - no HDMI out).




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#10 10 years ago

Ah, damn shame. I lucked out; I got one of the newer generations where they all have HDMI out. Apparently on the older ones, only the black Elite model had HDMI.

Either way, virtually no games take advantage of 1080p, so you're not losing much. Almost all games for 360 have a native resolution of 720p, and some even less. Halo 3's native resolution is 640p, so even at 720p it's forced to scale up.