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TV unclear My uncle has a tv that is about 10 years old. He does not have cable. When we went to the digital he noticed the picture was worse and has lines. We have tried 3 different antennas and two converter boxes.. Could the tv be going bad. There is discoloration in each coner of the tv. He lives in an old brick appt building. Please help. What can i do so he can fix his tv. He doesn't get out much and this is his only enjoyment. Thanks

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TV sets do last only about 10 years, the picture tube is going out, they are very expensive to fix so you will have to replace the TV soon. Good luck to you!

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