What options are there after cutting the cord?

There are many reasons people watch television some for news others for seasonal programming and the biggest one sports.
After you cut cable off and are now on local antenna with internet access how can you get the specific things you are interested in that antenna broadcast may not or just does not cover?

There are options most will cost you a monthly fee.
Movies and TV you can pay monthly for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and for live streaming television you have Sling TV, USTVnow.
The costs vary across the board Netflix standard streaming as of May 2016 is $9.99 a month if you want UltraHD you need the Platinum plan that is $12.99 a month.
Hulu- $7.99 monthly
Amazon if you have a prime membership which is $99 a year you get unlimited streaming of pretty much all their library.
Amazon now offers a monthly fee that is less than Netflix coming at you for $8.99 monthly. This allows you to watch the majority of Amazon’s selections excluding the absolute latest movies and TV these will probably not be available.

I have used every service listed so far. While Amazon does pull some amazing exclusive Movies or short series out of their sleeves like Mad Dogs. Not sure it competes with Netflix or Hulu’s excellent interfaces. Is it just about what they have to watch? Yes and no a nice user interface makes the difference of finding what you want a whole lot easier and faster.
Netflix and Hulu have this down Amazon needs to follow the standard these 2 have set.

Live streaming Television
This is where it gets costly and pretty much works against you and the reason you cut the cord.
There is not 1 service available that offers you to only pay for the channels you want.
Doesn’t matter if you go with Verizon, Bright house, Time Warner, USTVnow or Sling they all shove packages down your throat.
The first company or persons who start a Live Streaming TV service or standard service for that matter where you can either pay for the 1 channel you want or the 10 you want is going to be the winner.
Bottom line packages are bullshit! No one wants em we only get stuck selecting packages because we are forced to. If you don’t get their bundles they punish you by charging more!
These companies love to shove services down your throat you don’t need or will ever use like the hard telephone line that is forced on you to get a cheaper cable ,internet package they know that the hardline will never get used but they love getting paid for it.

Lets start with USTVnow this is used in Kodi quite often and they do offer a free package that will give you a few local channels most you get with the antenna you just installed but most of the time the locals they give you are from different time zones so the programming can sometimes be different.
The free package offers you a whopping 7 channels ABC,CBS, The CW, FOX,NBC, PBS & My 9. This is fine if you don’t have cable or an antenna some channels are better than none.
As of now on my Antenna eastern time zone in Florida on The CW  Ceasar Millan and MYTV or My9 Whacked out Sports.
On USTVnow The CW showing Same as local antenna but MYTV or my9 is showing What went down.
Is the free USTVnow useful? Not really if you have an antenna up so that means you have to pay for a package to get the channels you don’t get on the antenna.
The thing that USTV now does offer is when you buy a certain package you get DVR capabilities and don’t need to buy the hardware if you are using a HTPC or media box that has hard drive space already.
The 1st package is the All channels package this starts at $19 a month for 1st 4 months then goes to $29 a month. You get Limited DVR with referral credits, HD channels included, 28 channels total.
The 28 you get for $29 a month-ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, My9, A&E, Animal Planet, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, ESPN, FX, Fox News, History, Lifetime, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Spike, Syfy, TBS, TNT, USA, AMC.

Next package All Channels + DVR This starts at $29 a month for 1st 4 months then goes to a whopping $39 a month!
What you get: Unlimited DVR, HD included and 28 channels total same as listed in prior package.
Then there is the Premium service this is 200 channels includes HBO & Showtime and starts at $99 per month!!!
Lets go over this why did we cut the cable company off? Bottom line this is not a sound option. I should mention that you can watch USTVnow package on any device.
Want more info?  http://www.ustvnow.com/

Sling TV offers a 7 day trial.
They push packages on you as well. And offer 3 different packages the 1st base package to be compared to USTVnow is $9 a month cheaper and offers 25+ channels. This is Slings 1st package the $20 a month package.
Channels you get ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy channel, Cartoon Network, History, Disney, ESPN2, TNT, FOOD, TBS, BBC AM, Free Form, Adult Swim, A&E, IFC, Elrey, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel, Newsy, Bloomberg, Local Now, Polaris, Maker, FLAMA & Galavision
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25$ month package 40+ channels

40$ month package all channels.
To get a better picture of what you get for your money  go to: https://www.sling.com/
My opinion this actually is not that bad $20 month package would compliment the antenna perfectly.
Down side you will not be able to DVR any of the channels you get through this service.
Also if you use Kodi as your media center this does not have any plugin to smoothly integrate into it.

As with Netflix, Amazon & Hulu I have also tried USTVnow & SlingTV. So my input is not just read off of a webpage I have used these services. Some I still pay for monthly others I only did a trial run. Out of the 5 I have listed I only pay for 2 of them monthly.
SlingTV is heavily on my watch list.
Word on the webs is SlingTV will be releasing an app to some smart Televisions so far Samsung & LG have been named. I have a 2015 LG and still no Sling TV App I have seen. Supposedly was to be released on LG smartTV’s st quarter of 2015.  Either it came and failed or they failed to make the slated release time frame? Or have been stuck in the never ending Roku, Android updates and releases to cover any other platforms.

Sports this is something I do not bother with. Plain and simple I don’t like sports. I love watching my kids play on a league or at school other than that I could careless about sports or the channels they are on. Or the events that are being held.
I’m a tiny portion so I have did some looking into this.
I have followed some web pages regarding sports.
With some investigation and lots of reading I was able to not only get NFL network but also NBA, MLB, Boxing, Racing, UK Sports and many, many more including Euro Football and Ireland games.

Was also are able to get Expanded channels TNT,TBS, ID channel, AMC and many others.
On top of that I am getting channels from all around the world.
I went from paying $230 a month for 380 channels to only paying $96 a month for Internet and now get so many channels I could never watch all of them.
I have absolutely became a fan of U.K TV these people have an outlook much different than US. IN US our TV is littered with consumerism commercial every 10 minutes buy, buy, buy!!! Over in U.K sure they have commercials but nothing like here in the states they are not as materialistic as we are and the commercials are about what’s going on or what’s coming up next and when shows are airing they do not have a commercial even once during a show.

I will not show you how to get access to all these channels that will be for you to figure out. But it’s out there!

CBS Action UK

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SKY 1

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Sky Movies

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NFL Network

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Local Antenna

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Terrible Video I did of being in Kodi dash running channels and other things.

Keep looking on the nets do your homework all the services are free and anyone can do this as long as you can read it can be done.

Cutting the Cord update

Back on May 8th this year I posted on mounting our antenna to get free over the air television.
In that post I covered the mounting and what channels I was able to pull from over the air.
This post is not about that.

While the antenna was mounted and working our cable television access stayed active until late June.
Not sure on exact date know it’s been a few weeks now with no cable TV access only the Antenna and Internet access.
I was all for getting the antenna up and pulling in free TV but letting go of cable was a little harder than I expected. First I said we will see how it goes during bad weather.
Some pretty bad weather came our way and no issue at all with reception. Then it was how much am I really saving here? Then next excuse was I can’t let go of my HDHomerun TV Tuner Cable card boxes.
I had been so programmed over the years to think the only way to watch TV was to have cable I kept making excuses to keep it on.
Even read the interwebs to see what others were saying about cord cutting and found there were people making the same excuses I had been making even main question how much am I really saving?

It then hit me it’s going to be saving over $120 a month even if it would of ended up only saving $40 or $50 a month by cutting cable package down why give that to the cable company when the stuff I watch regularly can be had for absolutely free! Why give them $50 a month? Why give them even $5 a month they have been sucking the public dry for years with no real competition. It became clear all the years of cable pushing their BS that the only way to get clear TV and more channels was to have cable.
Little did they know technology changed this and the internet they were charging people for was slowly killing their cable television services. And with the change to Digital OTA signals that not only are better quality HD but you only have to buy an antenna has officially made cable TV the outdated service.
I can’t praise the antenna enough the picture quality we get is far superior so many times I am watching TV thinking it’s a HD channel and it’s regular 480i resolution.
The HD channels are so much better there is no comparison even to cables best HD channels. I’ve had Fios and Bright House neither are close.

Ended up just buying the new HDhomerun OTA tuners that were ATSC compatible to make sure all rooms got TV and we could still DVR/PVR our regularly watched programs. Gave Bright House the call to disconnect our cable TV service and home phone service but kept our internet service with exception of cutting the bandwidth package we had in half to 100mbps.

2 weeks in and I have not missed cable even in the slightest. It’s funny because I really thought it would be missed.

While I don’t miss cable I will admit I like TNT,TBS & ID channel. Luckily there are ways to watch these channels absolutely free .

 

 

 

Selling Pioneer CLD-V2400 Laserdisc Player

http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/ele/5664184146.html
Have it listed on Craigslist and not Ebay. Even though I got the unit via FedEx or USPS I prefer to sell locally and avoid Ebay and chancing that it gets damaged in shipping.

It is of course a used player but I did take care of it.

When it comes to Laserdisc players. Pioneer is the only make Laserdisc player you want to own. They made the best players available. This model is an industrial model meant for learning and Job  training /orientation connected to computers and barcode scanner connection. Although it is an industrial model it plays movies without any problem.
It has been well taken care of in a non-smoking home before that it was in a school library.
It does have writing on top of the Unit but in a rack system or under a TV is not noticeable. “Magic eraser will probably remove the writing”
The Remote control is included and working.

Pioneer CLD-V2400 features:
• Playback of LaserDiscs (LDs), compact audio discs (CDs) and compact
disc video (CDVs). The CLD-V2400 does not playback CD-ROM discs.
• Playback of digital audio or analog audio playback from LaserDiscs.
• RS-232C interface, compatible with the Pioneer LD-V8000, LD-V2200,
LD-V4400 and the LD-V4200 (discontinued), LC-V330 Autochanger, the
LD-V4100 (PAL player), and the CLD-V2300D & LD-V4300 (Dual Standard
NTSC/PAL players).
• Built-in LaserBarcode™, LaserBarcode 2™, and Barcode-CD™ capability,
using the Pioneer barcode reader UC-V108 BC or UC-V109BC.
• Wireless/wired remote control with the CU-V113 or the RU-V103.
• Fully automatic disc loading system

Laserdisc players stopped being manufactured in the United States in 2001 and 2009 in Japan.
The Model I’m selling CLD-V2400 was manufactured in Feb 1994.

While it is used It was not used heavily. This player still has many years left in it if well taken care of.
Only the Laserdisc Player , Remote control & A/V Plug are being sold.
Barcode scanner, cables for PC all sold separately on internet.

 

PC games I have been into

With the new Denuvo Anti-Tamper used on PC games of late Rise of The Tomb Raider, Quantum Break, Gears Of War Ultimate Edition, Doom and a few others and more to come.
The days of downloading a game to try it first are over.
Developers no longer or rarely release any demo’s to try before you buy.

Reading reviews are only little help since everyone has their own preferences a game that one person give 5 out of 5 another may only see it as a 2 out of 5 this is why reviews are only a little help.
Only real help a review will give is if there are hardware performance issues and noticeable programming issues on release that need patching. And that’s if the site reviewing the title bothers to even mention any of those type issues.

Purchased Tomb Raider did a lot of googling to get it on release date for about $32 instead of the standard $59.99 tag they all go for these days digital or not. Only played to 40% marker and have not played for weeks.

As strongly as I was against anyone buying the new Gears Of War Ultimate I did end up buying it only because I got a $19.99 email rebate for M$ so went ahead and paid for it in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. This game is a Win 10 only game.
This game was just a wreck of a release major performance issues on any gaming rig there was.
Released on March 1st wasn’t properly working until patch 1.10.0.0 which released on 7/1 4 months later it can now be played at maximum detail 4k textures and resolution.
Still on Act 1 just got to the Berserker.

Batman Arkham Knight Loved this franchise also had major mind blowing issues on release missing textures and animations along with poor performance on Nvidia & ATI cards and the list goes on for so long i’d have to dedicate a whole 2 pages to it. This game was so bad on release date they actually pulled it off the shelves and all the normal digital download places. I was not fair on Batman I really did not have any of the huge release issues most had I did play it a little but I haven’t since.

Quantum Break released as a Win 10 only title as well at a price tag $59.99 I Ebayed it recently bought a M$ Store code for $35.
Again this game had issues quite a few at release date and minimal as of recently. Only issue left was no Ultra Wide screen support! No 21:9 support it’s 2016 this is not a rare screen ratio any longer wake developers!
Only owned the game for about 3 days and on 6/30 released patch 2.5.0.0 which fixed the Ultra wide screen and resolution support.
Since this game is new to my library I have only dropped a few hours in but I do like it. Different and looks pretty amazing. Hooked up to my 4k TV and this game @ max detail & 4k resolution looks so good it almost looks like a TV show.

Point is review or no review most PC releases today are riddled with issues on release date.
And with no demo it makes PC gaming a little sad.
I really want to try the new Doom but as of late I have dumped a lot of cash on games that had more issues and were not worth what I paid. Except for Tomb Raider & Quantum Break.

 

Laserdisc Wednesday Update

For last 3-4 weeks I have been posting a Laserdisc movie I watched every Wednesday on Facebook.
I just thought about how I should also be posting this here since it is my Home Theater/HTPC blog.
The reason behind watching a Laserdisc once a week is to actually take a few hours to watch one of my LD’s. Some I have never watched others were unopened/rare LD’s and decided to go ahead and open it to watch. Only live once I have it so may as well watch it;-)  I’m not dying or anything like that at least not that I know of.

I also recently got a newer model Laserdisc player that can do DTS audio and Dolby my old player could not.
I can only decode DTS not Dolby on Laserdisc format I need a demodulator to listen to the Dolby track on the Laserdisc which I do not have. But my Surround Receiver can decode DTS so have opened one of my really rare LD’s a few weeks back.

Here is the exact postings from Facebook . Will copy & paste all on this page and then starting next week I will also post the LD I watch on Wednesday’s here on my blog.

May 25th 2016

Kicking off Laserdisc Wednesday with X-Files season 1 episode 1 & 2!

This week I chose The X-Files season 1 episodes 1 & 2.
The X-Files LD’s I own are only part of season 1 these are very rare & very expensive Laserdiscs to get ahold of. They were printed and manufactured in Japan. I have the first 6 discs each disc contains 2 episodes which equals half of the 1st season.
I have searched for the second half of season 1 with no success. Even if I find the second half spending anywhere from $300-$400 will be a tough decision to make.
Japanese subtitles are hard coded into the videos. They are not overly large or distracting in any way.

Comes in a cool box with a nice booklet with some info on the episodes and characters. All are in Japanese so I don’t have a clue what it says:-)

 

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June 2nd 2016

Due to dentist visit. Laserdisc Wednesday got pushed to today:-( Which was the following day Thursday.
I am going to watch Star Trek VI Undiscovered Country.
It’s a great movie and I have never watched this LD.
Includes 3 extra minutes of unseen footage. Is a rare LD that is a THX movie but not labeled on cover due to being in the THX test program.

Salvatore J Smisek's photo.

June 8th 2016

 

This week: Rear Window is an American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”.
Originally released by Paramount Pictures to theaters on August 1, 1954.

Laserdisc release date Spring 1984 1.33:1 Ratio Single Analog track. 1-Disc 2-sided.
Released by MCA Home Video.
Although people will list this as a rare LD it is not all that rare.
30 years after original release Rear Window is printed to Laserdisc in 1984 then was re-released to Bluray 30 years after that in 2014.

There has been many spoofs and even a made for television remake in 1998 starring Actor Christopher Reeve whom was actually paralyzed in 1995 due to a horse riding accident.
Don’t bother with the remake it’s a flop that completely misses what Hitchcock captures.
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Salvatore J Smisek's photo.


June 22nd 2016

 

Skipped last weeks LD due to hardware change. Upgraded my Laserdisc player to one more current.
Since new player is in decided to open up my sealed version of Halloween H20 Laserdisc with DTS surround sound. My children and wife got me this for dad’s day.
Why I love H20? Because it picks up after the 2nd movie:-) HAPPY FACE! And ignores all of the Halloween movies in between.
This is a rare Laserdisc because it has DTS sound track. What kicks ass about the DTS track on LD is it is lossless.
Using new Laserdisc player Pioneer 1997 model with a red diode laser this is a rarely used laser it will read laser rotted discs while standard diodes can not. Did test on my only rotted LD Know What You Did Last Summer played right through. My old Pioneer LD player mfd in 1994 could not play it.
New LD player can handle Digital sound DTS tracks not Dolby tracks I do not have a demodulator for that. I personally have always preferred DTS over Dolby sound.

Salvatore J Smisek's photo.
Salvatore J Smisek's photo.

June 29th 2016

I had a hard time deciding on what LD to pull off the shelf and watch this week.
Decided on Great Expectations 1998 a revised version of Charles Dickens classic. (The book was first published in 1861.)
I’m not one for romance but I like Charles Dickens since new LD player can play DTS tracks this was a must see mostly because I have never watched this Laserdisc or this movie before on any format.
This was not a sought after movie on LD. While it was pressed with the DTS sound track and should make it some what rare it is not. Ebay is saturated with the DTS version for as little as $7 depending on the condition of sleeve & disc.
LD is Dual sided CLV Theatrical aspect ratio 2.35:1, 26 chapters runtime 111 minutes, Released to Laserdisc & VHS on 07/21/1999
Stars Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Chris Cooper.
Filmed here in our great state of Florida not to far from us -Bradenton, Florida – Cortez Road and Sarasota Bay – was the house setting.

Salvatore J Smisek's photo.

Repairing the Wireless Gaming Receiver For Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller and PC windows

MS Wireless receiver

The Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver For Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for PC windows have a flaw they stop working after some time.
I had purchased 2 of them about 5 years or so back and they lasted probably 2 years then stopped working. I saved the broken adapters figuring 1 day I would attempt to repair well 2 years later and I have.
This seems to be an issue that everyone runs into with these adapters.

I like using a 360 controller on some PC games so when it went I was a bit disappointed.

What you will need to repair this is a low wattage Soldering Pen one from Radio Shack will do with a fine tip. Small screw drivers watch type preferred to remove the board and pry the receiver apart. A small pocket knife.

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A wire that can be cut this is for the repair. Very thin wire needed.
A lighted magnifier to see the points on board to solder them unless you have really, really good eyes. Soldering experience if you don’t have that then do a few practice runs on some broken boards that have points about the same size that is on the Microsoft receiver.

First you will take the small flat head screw driver and start where the cord goes into the receiver and slowly pry around until the top pops off the board will then be exposed.

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You can see where I started to pry this is where you will start to as well.

Here is the unit with the top off>
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Take a look at the board there are 2 Philips head screws that hold the board down use the small watch Philips head to remove both screws and then lift the board out.

Once the board is out you will need the small wire stripped at the end make sure to add a thin coat of solder on the wire.
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Flip the board over and look for F1 on the board circled red in picture with arrow pointing to it.
F1 board

If you look closely under F1 there are 2 solder points this is where you will solder the small wire to both points bridging them together. This is what will fix the receiver.
Once you complete the solder do not put back together right away plug into PC and verify it gets the green light and windows makes the sound that new hardware has been found.
Once you see the green light and hear Windows you have fixed your wireless controller receiver go ahead and put it back together.

Have fun using your wireless Xbox 360 controller on your PC games again. Why go spend $20+ on a generic receiver when you may have a Microsoft made one that can easily be repaired with a wire solder and a soldering pen and 10 minutes of your time.

Once soldered will look something like this. This is very sloppy on my part was my 1st attempt. Can tell it’s been some time since I’ve soldered anything. But it works.
Soldered

Pioneer CLD-D606 Laserdisc player

Have wanted a new Laserdisc player for a few years now. When I say new means new considering the date LD players were no longer being manufactured which was in 2001 here in the states.
I have been using the Pioneer CLD-v2400 for the last 4-5 years manufactured in 1994. This is a solid LD player it has never given me any issues playing Laserdiscs.
The v2400 is an educational model used in schools and companies for training and orientations.
The model can be connected to computers it really is not a home theater model. From what I understand is any LD player that has a “V” in the model number is an industrial player.
It offers no toslink/optical or RF-3 outputs for digital tracks. Which means no surround sound except simulated if you have a surround receiver that is current then it will simulate surround sound.
Simulated surround does not come close to pure digital surround tracks.


While it’s not a home theater Laserdisc player it is a solid work horse and will play LD movies for years to come.
It doesn’t offer dual sided play which is kind of a good thing really it eliminates a future break down.
Having to flip the disc to side 2 manually after an hour is not all that bad.
Downside is video quality is not so great compared to newer models or even higher end older models for that matter.
Laserdisc is a composite player so it will look best on newer LCD,OLED,LED plugged into a composite video input and let the televisions built in comb-filter handle the quality.
They do also have S-video outputs as well this should be used if you have an older TV and the Laserdiscs hardware filter is better than the televisions.

Laserdisc sound can be confusing since DTS and Dolby Digital use different outputs to listen to the audio tracks.
If you have Laserdisc movies that are Dolby surround and have Laserdiscs that have DTS sound. You would need a Laserdisc player that has all the correct outputs.
Toslink/Optical for DTS surround and a RF-3 out for Dolby surround.
Most current surround receivers today will have Toslink/Optical inputs to decode the DTS surround track.
As for the Dolby Surround track that would require a receiver that has a RF3-AC3 input that demodulates the Dolby track on the Laserdisc. Only the very expensive models today will have that and not all will since it is no longer used with DVD or Blu-ray.
so to listen to the Dolby surround on Laserdiscs you would also need a dedicated RF-3/AC3 Demodulator.
These start at $200 and go up to $2,000.
Pioneer did this to keep LD current with technology and also to allow people with older players that didn’t have the outputs for digital to be able to still play the Laserdiscs.
Think of it like the old school modems we used in our computers to get internet.
The Dolby Surround track is in the analog track on the Laserdisc. So people with old players that don’t have digital outputs will see and play the analog sound track. People with the proper hardware would be able to listen in crisp Dolby Surround.
The Digital surround tracks on Laserdisc absolutely blows DVD Surround tracks out of the sound pool completely. LD surround is much better than DVD surround. As far as Blu-ray surround it is far more superior than either the DVD or LD. DTS-HD Master is insane I really can’t wait to listen to the newer DTS-X or Dolby Atos.
LD also still has hard to get cuts that are not available on DVD or Bu-ray. Laserdisc is old but it really is not dead. Not yet anyway…

Pioneer CLD-D606
This player is the newer refurb I purchased recently. It has multiple video outputs, Toslink/Optical out, RF-3 Out and standard R/L sound out. Dual side play so don’t have to manually flip the disc any more. This is a good and bad thing in my opinion I could do without this option personally.
Has much better video quality due to the fact this player is for a home theater.
It only plays Laserdiscs and CD’s it does not play DVD or any other format like CD+G.
And has separate drawers for LD and CD which is kind of nice but i’ll never use it as a CD player.

Specs:

Audio Performance Features

  • Low-Noise / Low-Loss Laser Pickup
  • 1-Bit DLC D/A Converter
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 115 dB

Convenience Features

  • Independent CD Tray
  • Film Mode with Quick Turn Mechanism
  • Remote Control with Shuttle Control
  • 7 Mode Repeat
  • Multi-Speed Playback (Forward / Reverse, 4 steps) – CAV / CLV / CDV
  • Still / Step (Forward / Reverse) – CAV / CLV / CDV
  • 24-Step Programmed Playback
  • Random Play
  • Hi-Lite / Intro Scan
  • Last Memory
  • Picture Control

Video Performance Features

  • Digital Video Processing System
  • 3-Line Digital Comb Filter
  • Video Signal to Noise Ratio: 50 dB
  • 8-Bit Digital Field Memory – Allows Special Playback Functions

Terminals

  • AC-3 RF Output
  • 2 S-Video Outputs
  • 2 Composite Video Outputs
  • 2 Composite Audio Outputs
  • Optical Digital Output
  • Pioneer SR In/Out Connection for System Integration

Update 06/21/16
Unfortunately the LD player I got was junk and non-working when it arrived via USPS.
I really don’t know if seller pulled a insurance scam or was dumb enough to ship the player not marked as fragile.
The box it was packed in was absolute crap can tell it had been used before it held the Laserdisc player.
I did not give a bad reputation review because I can’t be sure he purposely shipped a broken unit either as insurance scam or did not like the final bid so shipped a identical player that was non-functional in it’s place.

It worked out I purchased another Laserdisc player from another seller for $20 less and it works great.
Much of an improvement over my old Pioneer CLD-V2400 model. Ended up getting a Pioneer CLD-1090 some say they do not like this player but it gets a fairly sharp picture and can play back Laserdiscs that have DTS sound tracks.
Picture quality is better than my old one for sure it gets a much sharper picture andsound is better as well since it has Toslink/Optical output..
It plays one of my majorly Laser rotted LD’s I know What you did Last Summer without issue my old player can not play this disc but for the first 30 minutes.
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Pioneer CLD-1090 is on Top. Silver unit is the HTPC not related to LD player just in the picture.