My cable box does a fine job of splitting the signal it gets, and sending just the one channel that I want to the television, on channel 3. It even adjusts the volume for me. My cable box even has a socket to plug the tv into, and the remote control has a button which controls whether or not any current is flowing to that socket.
So what do I need a full-blown television for? I certainly do not need a channel tuner or remote control, and with my cable box I don’t need a volume control, or even an on-off switch! All I need is a screen and a speaker. I wouldn’t even need a single antenna jack, since the cable box has separate “video out” and “audio out” jacks.
I would think that this would simplify the manufacture of such a device quite a bit. It doesn’t need the fine detail and tiny pixel size of a computer monitor. It’s just a stripped down television, and I think I ought to be able to buy one – in a size anywhere between 13 and 29 inches – for a lot less than a regular television costs.
But I have not seen any advertising for such a thing. Perhaps they’d be called monitors, but I’m expecting that it would be less detailed (and less expensive) than something which a computer would require. Also, it would have simple antenna-type jacks, not fancy computer-type 25-pin jobs.
Does anyone know if such a thing exists, and if so, who the manufacturer would be?