How can I get a TV in my room? (DVD related)

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  1. Kevin Porter

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    Well, about a couple of weeks ago, I realized I don't watch my DVDs enough because it's always busy and noisy and crowded around the house, I never get the chance to. So I decided that I wanted a TV in my room so I could watch them anytime in the privacy and convience of my bedroom. Problem is my parents have always disapproved of a TV in my bedroom. Is their any way I can waver their opinion/change their minds so I can enjoy my precious DVDs? Any ideas?

    ~Kevin
     
  2. Matthew Chmiel

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    Who is paying for the TV? You or your parents? If you're paying for the TV (or for half of it), maybe they'll approve. Do you know why your parents disapprove of you having a TV in your bedroom? Maybe if you find out why, you can work around that reason.
     
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    I had this same debate with my parents back in the day but they eventually folded. If you find a way to pay for the set yourself and promise to take it out of your room if your grades slide then they will probably let you get it.
     
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    Find a DVD your parents can't stand and watch it non stop as loud as possible, the idea of you watching dvd's in your room will strat to look better and better. Long before even VCR's a few lp's by the likes of Frank Zappa, the Fugs, and Bonzo Dog Band got me a very nice music set up in my room long before any of my friends.

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  5. David Lambert

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    Kevin, I have to chime in and say that the "buy it yourself" route worked for me.

    I bought my own stereo/turntable, my own small color TV, and finally bought my own VCR. In fact, mine was the only VCR in the house! But they were all in my room, which I didn't have to share with my brother or sister. I paid for it, so it was mine to do with as I pleased. I even offerred to pay for the hookup to extend cable into my room and pay a part of the monthly charges, but there was an offer at the time to add one connection for free so I got out of that...even the monthly charges.

    Since the stuff was entirely mine, and not a dime of it came out of anyone else's pocket, I let everyone know that they could use the VCR if they wanted to on the condition that A) I was asked first, no surprise entries into my room, and B) use of it did not interfere with anything I was taping. It worked out, although once my mom was pissed at me because I was taping a favorite Star Trek episode at a time when Yankee Doodle Dandy came on cable, and she badly wanted me to record it for her. She wanted me to stop taping Star Trek and tape YDD instead, and I flat-out refused and pointed out that I owned the equipment, and this was the deal. She respected it, but she was pissed.

    Of course, years later I have every Star Trek episode available to me on DVD, and no Yankee Doodle Dandy disc is in sight. Sigh.
     
  6. Mike Friedrich

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    ~ By the way Kevin, welcome to the HTF ! I would agree with both Kim and Mathew and if either of those ideas don't work I would look into a pair of Glastrons.
    bodymov'n [​IMG]
     
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    David, thats a great story! I would have recorded YDD and at least gotten a few brownie points out of it. You could always get that ST ep. in reruns.
     
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    Your parents probably don't want you to have a television in your room because they don't want you to spend all of your time hidden away like some hermit. This is understandable from their point of view because you are their son and they probably want to see you. However, by you being in your room more often there will be less of a chance for you to cause problems and help take away from the chaos that may be in your household and it will give you a chance to retreat when it's too late at night to go see friends. Plus, you won't "hog" the television when your parents want to use it. And you can even hook up your game systems and play video games all night long. If you are especially sneeky you can get a lock on your door and watch pornographic DVDs in the privacy of your own room.

    Just a thought.
     
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    I guess I got lucky.
    We have a Jersey Shore house. It didn't have any major appliances, like a Washer and Drier, Heat, Microwave, etc. All it had was a phone and oven. But I DID want a TV there. So, we bought a little tiny thing from JCPenny around 1983. 13" I think. Once a storm blew out the antenna(wich never got put back up), we had no need for it in the house, so I snatched it up and put it in my room ASAP(This was around 1992 or so). There are quite a few of you New Jersians here, so if you know the Ortley Beach Water Tower, you know the types of houses there [​IMG].
    A few years later, we sprang for the extra cable to my room at our year round home, and that was the begining of the end [​IMG]. I also had a summer job mowing lawns, wich makes a surprising amount of money if you do even four of them per week. Within a few weeks, I was able to buy my first Hi-Fi Stereo VCR to go with my TV. Although, by then, it was 1996, and I had gotten a computer to replace the TV. A Few months after that, I bought a TV Tuner, and I Had no reason to use the familly TV downstairs.
    Not only did this make the rest of the familly happy, because it freed up the TV for their viewing pleasure, but I could watch mine whenever I wanted [​IMG].
    So, I guess the moral of the story is, if you buy it yourself, they should have no objection to it. Although, in my case, if my grades started to slip(highschool from 1993-1997, or whatever it was), out goes the TV and cable. Thankfully, that never happend [​IMG].
     
  12. AndyVX

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    I would have to agree with everyone else here. If you can buy it yourself, I wouldn't think there would be much of a problem.

    I had this same problem back when I was around 16. We had a spare 14" TV in the house and I wanted to put it in my room. My parents wouldn't let me for reasons such as I would spend too much time in my room, my grades would start to slip, etc, etc.

    Anyways, I got myself a part time job, bought a TV and VCR, stuck it in my room(as well as a SNES). I kept my grades up, and didn't lock myself into my room. My parents were pissed off at first that I went ahead and bought the TV, but once they saw that it wasn't causing any problems, they didn't have any problem with it.
     
  13. Rob Lutter

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    I NEVER had a TV in my room when I was a kid. The first time I ever had a TV in my room was when I was 13-14 and my parents asked if I wanted the family room (27" Sony) TV when my father upgraded to an RPTV. For college, I am about to buy one of those super sweet flat-screen VVEGAs... out of my own pocket. So I will just echo the comments of others, either offer to buy it yourself or work out something with the parents (offer to get all 'A's or pay for half of it) and if you want cable and there is none in your room, offer to get in the attic and hook it up yourself (which I did [​IMG]).
    by the way? do you also have a DVD player? or are you going to need to get one of those too?
     
  14. NickSo

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    If you buy it yourself, and show to them you're responsible enough, they would have no reason not to let you get a TV in there...
    Im lucky, in my family we own 5 TVs in total, I have the smallest one, a 19" TOshiba Multisystem TV thats like 15 years old, but still works GREAT, the picture quality is like brand new... Though i dont have a DVD hooked up to there, i do have satellite, the problem is that i cant cahnge channels from my room... the good part is i can watch shows or 'movies' until really really late... [​IMG]
     
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