Re: talking tv sets, a different idea

Mich Verrier

hi I to would like to know this as well and also if any of these tv's are sold in canada? from mich.

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From: The Wolf
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:38 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea

can you tell me the cheapest tv that would have the talking feature?

from samsung?

On 11/23/2016 7:52 PM, Chris G wrote:

The 2016 Samsung TV's have voice guide built in.

When setting up the TV for the first time, it will scan the connected cable for channels. I have Verizon FIoS local, it connects directly to the TV without a cable box or converter connected. I only get over the air channels.
Because of my setup I can scan channels, connect the TV to my wifi, know what channel I'm on as well as read the guide, among other things.

The channels and guide will not talk if you are using a cable or satellite box. the boxes would need to talk in order for the channels and guide to talk.

During first time setup (at least on my TV) you hold the CC button to enable accessibility features. You can set up the TV independent without sight.

also if I have an apple TV, Fire TV etc connected, the TV will tell me when switching to the proper HDMI input.

-------- Original Message --------
From: Gene
Sent: Monday, Nov 21, 2016 3:38 PM EST
Subject: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea

What are you basing your information on? I have never heard that before
nor was it true when I purchased a converter box. I got my radio a
while after I had the converter box and it uses standard components used
to receive digital television signals and it won't do so either. I
doubt that any digital over air television or converter box scans
automatically when plugged in.

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*From:* Gerald Levy <>
*Sent:* Monday, November 21, 2016 1:59 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea

All digital TV’s automatically scan for receivable channels as soon as
you plug them in. This is a one-time procedure that does not need to be
repeated unless the TV is moved to a different location. Even an
audible signal strength indicator is of dubious value because with
digital TB, it’s all or nothing; there is no such thing as a weak signal
as there was with analog TV. You either get perfect sound and picture
or nothing at all. So if you tune to a channel and hear no sound, it
means that the signal is too weak to be received by the antenna, and so
it needs to be reoriented. But this brings up the biggest problem with
digital TV in the first place. Every time you change channels, you
usually have to reorient the antenna to get a receivable signal, if you
can even get one at all. This can be a real nuisance, and is the main
reason why most cable TV customers are reluctant to “”cut the cord”. In
the old days of analog TV, many consumers installed elaborate rooftop
antennas with rotators to optimize reception. In most large cities,
this is no longer possible because most apartment building owners now
prohibit the installation of rooftop antennas. So if you cannot get
decent reception with an indoor antenna,you’re out of luck, and no
amount of antenna tweaking will make muchdifference, which is just what
the cable companies want.


*From:* Gene <>
*Sent:* Monday, November 21, 2016 1:57 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea

I don't have a digital television. I don't know if any of them have
speech or what that speech allows you to do. The radio does two
important things that televisions well may not do and I really don't
think a cheap lowest of the line television would.

The radio lets you scan for stations independently. You don't have to
see a menu in order to scan or get sighted help to learn an inaccessible
sequence. You have to scan with every new digital television so it can
find stations in your area and allow you to get to them by entering the
correct channel number. The radio is designed to allow completely
independent scanning.

The signal strength indicator is a valuable feature. There are some
stations that come in poorly when your antenna is in a certain position
and others that come in well. By checking the strength indicator when
you are on a station you want to watch, you can see if you can improve
reception by trying different antenna positions. There is no other good
way to find the strongest signal for a wide variety of stations. I'm
sure sighted people have some sort of indicator. When dealing with
digital signals, a blind person has no way of determining the best
signal aside from an audio indicator other than by a trial and error
system seeing if this or that station has signal interruptions and
playing with the antenna to try to prevent them.

Unless there are televisions that have these features, and I doubt there
are, the radio will remain for me a much preferred method of reception.

*----- Original Message -----*
*From:* Gerald Levy <>
*Sent:* Monday, November 21, 2016 12:25 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea

Again, what advantage does a $185 custom-built TV radio offer over a
standard $80 digirtal TV? None that I can see. The fact that some guy
personally builds these gadgets himself in his basement still does not
justify its high cost. Can this TV radio be operated without the
remote? If not, what are you supposed to do if you lose or break the
remote? And what recourse do you have if the TV radio itself craps
out? Bring it to a local electronics repair shop? I don’t think so.
Oehm Electronics doesn’t even have a web site where you can learn about
its products or obtain customer support. You have to call their long
distance phone number and hope that Mr. Oehm isn’t on vacation or else
is otherwise unavailable.


*From:* Gene <>
*Sent:* Monday, November 21, 2016 11:37 AM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea

You don't need speech output. the manual clearly explains how to
perform functions without speech. And you are overgeneralizing. Not
every higher priced item is a ripoff and circumstances should be
considered. This is not some large company with a large production. it
is a one man operation, building radios in small numbers when ordered or
only enough in advance to fill a small number of anticipated orders in
advance. The radios are worth every penny. You can't necessarily just
add speech to something if it is not built in already at little or no
cost. The chip used to operate the radio has no speech ability and it
is not necessary.

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*From:* Gerald Levy <>
*Sent:* Monday, November 21, 2016 9:59 AM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea

This "accessible"TV radio seems grossly overpriced for what it offers.
For $185, you should at least expect some level of speech output.
Basically, all this box does is scan over-the -air stations into memory and
provides audible feedback to assist with antenna orientation , and that's
about it. You still cannot identify which channel you are tuned to, and it
offers no advantage if you use a cable box. I realize that this is a
custom-made product, but it really isn't that much more accessible than a
small-screen, basic mass-market digital TV that sells for $80 or less.
it is totally useless for other sighted family members in your household
because it lacks a screen. Too bad OEHM Electronics does not offer a
Walkman-style TV radio, which would certainly have more widespread consumer


-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Giovanelli
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 9:21 AM
To: <>
Subject: [TechTalk] talking tv sets, a different idea


It is certainly true that voice guidance in TV sets is helpful, but
there is
another option.

There is a radio especially designed to guide blind people in locating and
listening to TV on-the-air programs. This DTV radio is made by Oehm
Electronics and costs $185. It is menu or command driven. One neat feature
is the ability to tell the user how strong a signal is. This is useful when
orienting the antenna. If the received signal falls below a critical level,
the user will know that the reception of that station will be marginal at

This radio does not read what's on the air program information.

It seems to me to be a viable alternative to more expensive TV solutions.

Joe Giovanelli, W2PVY

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