Polaroid TV?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by dylanemcgregor, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    Corner of...


    My TV appears to be going out on me, and so I'm looking to buy another one. The problem is I'm a poor college student who moves very frequently, so I don't want a big or expensive TV. I'm pretty much looking for the cheapest 20" CRT TV I can find that has two composite inputs, preferably both of them on the back.

    I was in Target today and saw a Polaroid TV that matches that description pretty well, except the 2nd set of inputs are on the side, but I can live with that. It also comes with a seperate DVD player, which I don't want since I have the Humax DVD-R with TiVO.

    Anyway, my question is does anyone know if the TiVo has a remote control code for Polaroid TVs? I hear they are manufactured by a Chinese company, but my limited research so far hasn't told me what company.

  2. mrpurple

    mrpurple body by Guinness

    Sep 10, 2002
    Another guy...
    Theres a joke about shaking the TV in here someplace.

    Didn't the camera company go out of business? Maybe someone bought the name to try to give their products smae brand name recognition.
  3. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    They did get bought by another company but they are still very much in business. Their corporate headquarters are in Boston and not much has really changed.
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    Chances are it will use some generic Chinese codes.
  5. jblake

    jblake New Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Birmingham, AL


    I would suggest Funai/Symphonic/Emerson type codes
  6. itstrue

    itstrue No, really

    Dec 20, 2004
    If you go to www.polaroidelectronics.com there is a contact page where you can e-mail them and ask. The company is Petters Consumer Brands so doesn't look like there's any direct connection to Funai.
  7. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    just to let you know - I had a polaroid DVD/VCR player that just sat on a shelf and did not get abused, The DVD player stopped working after about 6 months. I deem it a peice of junk I should not have bought.

    maybe you can find a small LCD TV for cheap enough, probably it would be 15 inches in the right price point though but just a thought and much easier to travel with.
  8. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    Corner of...
    I ended up getting a 20" Magnavox instead, it was 20 bucks more, but the A/V inputs were more conveniently located, plus it has a component video connection, which I just now realized I can use with my Humax. My first impression of the video quality though is that it is rather poor. The TiVo text is almost unreadable, and not just in the guide, but in the TiVo menus as well, and the overall picture looks like I'm getting a weak over the air signal. I've played with the settings a bit, and it helped but not much. I don't expect much from a $150 TV, and I'm no videophile, but I'm still a bit disappointed

    I had hoped that the TV we had would have lasted us another few months until hopefully I had found a job and a more permanent residence, then I was hoping to treat us to a bit bigger LCD TV, maybe 30" or so if the prices dropped enough by the fall...

  9. dmravage

    dmravage New Member

    Sep 1, 2002
  10. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    maybe you should try some of the other inputs. I can not imagine a 150$ TV having a state of the art component interface. I also recently purchase a TV and went with a Toshiba flat screen Tube from Best Buy as the picture quality on standard coax cable(I just use extnded basic cable right now) was much better than the Sony Wega or the Panasonic. I wanted to hold off on LCD until HD was more common and the prices dropped more.

    I did not say anything before as you are on a student budget but perhaps you should go back and look at Toshiba 20" for 199$
  11. SleepyBob

    SleepyBob Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2000
    As far as the TiVo remote codes working on the TV, I think the main thing is to avoid the combo TV/VCRs. They tend to use VCR code sets, which the TiVo remote doesn't use.
  12. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    Corner of...
    Thanks Zeo, I think I might do this. I had a pretty decent job before I went back to school, so I have a bit of money saved up, but I have been trying to be more frugal while I don't have an income coming in. I didn't really expect there to be much difference between small CRT televisions these days, except in the type and number of inputs. The TV I had that just broke was a discarded unit from a video store, where it ran 24 hours a day for a couple of years. I can't imagine it was very expensive, but the picture looked fine to me.

    I haven't tried the new set with the component connection yet, since I don't have any component cables. I'm going to pick some up tonight on the way home, and see if there is a noticable improvement in PQ, but if there isn't then I plan on taking it back and exchanging it for another model. I might even go LCD, I saw yesterday that Circuit City has a 27" Apex on sale for $900. I have to do some research to see how bad of PQ I can expect on a unit at that price. :D

  13. anom

    anom Enlightened

    Apr 18, 2005
    I've got a slightly larger polaroid tv in the bedroom. It's got s-video and composite inputs, and to be honest I've got no problem with the picture quality, although I admittedly did not have high expectations given what I paid. Certainly much better than the Magnavox you described.

    The remote codes are another story. Someone in the Help Center Forum suggested I try Mitsubishi codes, but no dice. If anyone knows what remote codes (if any) work on Polaroid TV's, I'd love to find out.
  14. dmdeane

    dmdeane sedentary adventurer

    Apr 17, 2000
    I still drive by their huge location in Waltham every day when I go to work. I think it's mostly empty now, but the lights are still on and they still do something there. Not sure what.
  15. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    When I was out-of-town a few years ago for an extended period of time, I had need to buy a small cheap tv. I ended up with a Daewoo. I think I got it at a Circuit City, or Fry's or Best Buy... Don't really remember. It was right around $100, is 20 inches and even after having moved it 2/3rds away cross country bouncing around in the back of a van it still works fine. Things like TiVo not readable and such not an issue.... I have had zero problems with it, and it is about 3.5 years old at this point and time.

    I think buying cheap tvs is a major crapshoot where craps comes up all too often. That being said I have had blessed luck with tvs in my life. I can not even think of a single television I had that died or broke down on me. I have some tvs that are close to 20 years old still filling some sort of duty.
  16. Missmaxx

    Missmaxx New Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Sorry I cannot help you about your remote, but maybe the company can. I also own a 20 inch Flat Screen Polaroid, and after 2 years, I love it!
  17. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Czar TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2002
    Des Moines. IA
    Polaroid Tv owners give the Mitsubishi tv codes a try.
  18. kb7oeb

    kb7oeb Member

    Jan 18, 2005
    Polaroid will whore out their brandname to anyone with cash, its a guess on who actually built the product.
  19. jay_man2

    jay_man2 jay_man-also TCF Club

    Sep 14, 2003
    Northern VA
    Just like GE, Westinghouse, RCA, Zenith, Magnavox and Sylvania before them. :rolleyes:
  20. ccutler

    ccutler New Member

    Jul 7, 2003
    I just got the FLM-3232 32" Polaroid TV and the Mitsubishi code 0011 worked for me.

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