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Jeff Jacobson

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My grandma has an older TV that does not have built-in support for Closed Captions, so I would like to get a Closed-Caption Decoder.

What kinds of features should I look for, or what brands/models do you recommend.

When I searched online, all the decoders I found were over $100. The used ones on e-bay seem to be going for about $10~$30. Are the ones on E-bay any good?
 

Jeff Jacobson

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My grandma has an older TV that does not have built-in support for Closed Captions, so I would like to get a Closed-Caption Decoder.

What kinds of features should I look for, or what brands/models do you recommend.

When I searched online, all the decoders I found were over $100. The used ones on e-bay seem to be going for about $10~$30. Are the ones on E-bay any good?
 

Jesse Skeen

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I don't know if they still make outboard decoders anymore, since for over 10 years they've been required to be built-in to sets. I saw a couple decoders from the early 80s at a thrift store recently; I was going to pick one up just for a museum piece- they had tuners built-in (with the huge dials) so I guess they worked like a VCR without the VCR part.
 

Jesse Skeen

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I don't know if they still make outboard decoders anymore, since for over 10 years they've been required to be built-in to sets. I saw a couple decoders from the early 80s at a thrift store recently; I was going to pick one up just for a museum piece- they had tuners built-in (with the huge dials) so I guess they worked like a VCR without the VCR part.
 

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