Convert a CRT TV to a Smart TV
My parents always rented movies when Blockbuster was around here (Canada, Nova Scotia), I'm talking about 2-3 a week at it's high points. Since they left my parents have been without content to watch new movies that they could rent. Netflix was the first thought but all the content for Canada and the US isn't really new on a daily basis, it's a no go. Finally the holy grail of choices called CinemaNow came around and it provides individual rental fees and has some of the newest blockbuster titles as well as two-bit straight-to-dvd releases (which they like). This is where we run into our issue.
My parent's mainly watch these movies on a CRT TV. Although they do have one smaller LCD flatscreen on the other end of the house they rarely used it for movies. The issue a CRT TV poses is that the connections have to be component or composite or the conversion process to access CinemaNow.
We were hoping to get something around the $100 price point. Currently my only option is a smart blu ray player but it sort of seems like a waste if they only want the one feature and they would have to unplug all the wires to move it to a different TV (in the event they wanted to use it somewhere else).
We tried and researched and found WD Live TV to be the only one with component/composite connections but came to find out CinemaNow on it is US only. Changed DNS to show we are in the US and it gave us access to a buggy app that closed when videos played and you can't stream from the app, only play downloaded content on the PC (defeats the entire purpose).
So I guess what I'm looking for help with is if there are any possibilities I haven't explored yet. Are there smart boxes I'm unware of that possess these qualities and hold the same price point? Can you get HDMI-to-RCA converter boxes for cheaper than $40?
Thanks guys, I appreciate any input.