The TV being gone gave me a chance to redo all the cabling. I hardly ever use the VCR, so I recabled it to use composite, and used the S-video cable for my Prismiq media player. The Prismiq's web browser and AIM client are actually usable now. I also discovered a second audio output on the back on the TV, so I could hook up my stereo and wireless headphones at the same time. I also replaced the surge protector which was about 6 or 7 years old.
Now time to watch DVDs!