Originally Posted by Yachtzee
2. Is there something that could be causing the TVs to go bad, or am I just having bad luck with Old-TV-Itis?
Do you happen to have a gigantic magnet in your house? That could do it.
It's probably just a case of the old tv giving out though. Mine did pretty much the same thing with the line across the middle. It seems funny, but I literally got a week or so more use out of it by smacking the side of it and the picture came back temporarily(anywhere from a minute to a couple hours).