Moving Pictures Expert Group.
They set standards for compression It is the protocol and syntax to combine
multiplex audio and video data for digital programs.
I'm far from an expert on it though. You now know everything I know about
And for sure !!! I understand and I remember the days when I had all
possible Fourier Transforms and Cosines committed to memory. That was back
in the days when I thought a pixel was some sort of a preverted fairy from
the days of yore....
You're getting four more analog and one more digital than am getting here.
Only hope I see is _IF_ (the proverbial "big if") the stations are not
yet broadcasting digital in full power yet as someone else suggested.
There was another thread a month ago or so where somebody posted a url
to the FCC website that has current station power. I'll try to go look
and repost it; a search on google group may find it sooner.
Only thing I'll really miss which is important here in High Plains is
the local weather radar/live forecast/warning information. (And yes,
we've had the discussion before, what's local to the relay transmitters
is _NOT_ what is shown on the city stations for local weather/news
segments so satellite is not the solution.)
As someone else noted, it does suck, at least so far. I have no idea on
what the underlying motive(s) were/are really, certainly I could care
less about much of the touted reasons. I've been unable to ascertain
from the stations to date what their plans for signal strength of the
pertinent transmitters are--their web sites are uninformative about real
problems (as are all psa's and the ludicrous PBS "special" w/ Norm and
buddies "solving" everybody's problems in some residential 'burb) and at
least so far, e-mails have been ignored. Eventually I'll pick up the
phone and call and see if there's any sentient life form available.
Anyway, don't give up complete hope; if you're close enough to an urban
area to have 7 OTA stations, I'm pretty sure you'll have sufficient
signal for most of them although it may take a better antenna and tuning.
Re: the comment on the CR report on the converter boxes -- afaict by
reading the reports, the only thing "better" boxes did was slightly less
drop out if one is after the absolute perfection in picture quality and
some features on programming, menus, etc. I saw no mention of SNR,
signal strength sensitivity, etc., etc., etc., that would have any
bearing on or any help in choosing one over another for marginal
reception areas--I sincerely doubt they were tested for such.
Find a hobby. Some study showed that people who spend less time in front of
the tube (or panel) are happier and healthier. Programming went down the
tubes years ago and the news is all sensationalized anyway.
Be sure to try the convertor box again after the cutover date, say in
March as many of the stations will be transmitting digital at
considerably higher power than they are currently using temporary
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in news:45f9j4teh21qp943t2muq4od7ak4okk4t9@
I quit watching TV in 1991 or 92 when my cable price doubled. After a
momnth or so I didn't miss it a bit.
I get my news from NPR and entertainment from XM satellite, CDs, books,
magazines, sudoku, crosswords, etc.
"When you choose the lesser of two evils, always
remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner
I broke down and bought a new digital tv. Reception, even on the
analog channels, is much better than it was with my old set. I'm
even getting analog channels I never got with my previous tv. Dunno
if you can manage it on your budget, but smaller digital sets now
can be had for as little as a couple hundred dollars.
In Family Dollar Stores in North Texas.... and at WalMart, an ATSC
set , with 19" screen, is about $120
In a year, they will be under $90
The BIG SCREEN stuff is from $300 to $1000, depending on a lot of
And old analog TVs will be at Goodwill Stores for many years, for
$20, which will work OK with converter boxes....
Just wanted to let folks know that the world didn't end...
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Should they be a dollar?
Or 10 dollars if it's a big family?
You'll be able to find those on the sidewalks and inside and next to
dumpsters, starting the day after Xmas, and peaking in the week or two
after the conversion.
When I lived in NYC, people made a point of throwing good trash away
days before the garbage man came, so people could take the stuff. Or
they would put it on the top of the garbage can. One time I was on my
bike and I saw a 9 inch tv on top of a garbage can, and while I was
trying to figure out how to attach it to my racing bike (with luggage
rack) the woman of the house came out with rope to help me. She said
it didn't need much work and it didn't, a fuse or less.
Yeah, I've always been a collector of electronic trash myself. If
fix it, I'd junk it for parts, as I have been an electronics hobbyist
I don't think I've ever had to cannibilize a TV I found in a trash
heap, tho , since it seemed I could
always get them fixed, usually by just re-soldering the connections
the main board. Cold solder joints are difficult to locate, so I
10 minutes and re-solder the whole mother board..... Usually that
do the trick.
And, when a TV set of mine got to the point that I couldn't fix
cut out the capacitors and power resistors, maybe the potentiometers,
and power transistors and xtal, and junk it.
If "I" have thrown it out.... it NEEDED throwing out :>))))
I rarely do that anymore, tho. It just ain't worth the
Andy in Eureka, Texas
I'm still collecting. I need a tv for every room, and one for
watching outside while I fix the bike or lawnmower or something. Comes
to 10 total. I still haven't got color in each room. Not the attic
(where I only would watch an hour or two per year; or the spare
bedroom (where I have a 9-inch B&W which fits in the speaker opening
from a wind-up phonograph that I got after the guts had been removed),
or the laundry room (where I really only listen to it and rarely look)
or outside, where light-weight is the most important, since I take it
in at the end of the day. The outside tv shouldn't need more than AC
current, but I guess next spring, I'll have to run co-ax from a
splitter or amp connected to the DVDR.
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