I finally got one of them DTV converters. I plugged it into the
outlet and turned it on. Nothing happened at all. I just get the
same channels I had before. I took it back to the store and got
another one. Same problem, nothing happens. I already know what I am
going to do with this one. On the 4th of July I am going to take it
out to our fireworks picnic, put several powerful fireworks under it
and let it explode in honor of the government who sent me the $40
coupon I used to get it. It's just too bad I had to waste another $20
on this useless junk. When they shut off our tv sets on midnight next
New Years eve, I'll just celebrate the new year by blowing up my tv
with some more fireworks in honor of the crooks in Washington who
stole our tv programs. Leave it to the government to screw up our
Claude Hopper wrote in message ...speaking of TV programs
And...as if all those commercials weren't bad enough, all those pop up
ads during the programming is enough to make one crazy. I really don't
watch much TV these days, but while we're complaining, how about all
those loud, intrusive sound tracks that are so popular with just about
every movie that is made, and one more...DVD's that don't allow you to
FF through previews. :-)
Just what did you expect from the converter box?
I understand it will allow you to continue receiving TV AFTER all TV
broadcasting has gone to HD.
It will not receive more channels than you already have and it will not show
them in HD unless you have an HDTV.
Its not supposed to do anything now. Next year when the analog signals
cease and broadcast is only in digital, thats when you'll see what it does.
If you have satellite or cable, you don't need the box anyway..You only need
one for a regular (pre-digital) TV getting its signal thru an antenna.
It IS supposed to do something if any stations around you are
broadcasting digital (ATSC) signals. There's a lot of places that do.
I'm not in a big market, but there's still 4 channels (8 if you count
the subchannels). That's ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, 2 independents, and
BTW, the Magnavox unit I tried didn't work right (and it thinks it can
get a channel that doesn't exist) but the Zenith works fine.
In many markets, stations have been simulcasting ATSC digital for over
five years, so there are digital signals to use those boxes with right
now. It's not like all of a sudden next February they throw a big
Analog>Digital switch (or is it 0|1). They will just turn off their
analog transmitters and continue with digital as they have been for some
time. I don't get why this is so hard to grasp.
cw in MI
But most of the local stations are already simulcasting their
programming in HD on digital and SD on analog. So he was probably right,
all he got was the same channels he already had...
Now in my local area, the CBS affiliate only broadcasts a single signal,
NBC affiliate has one HD, and one SD with the weather only, ABC
affiliate has two HD one is the ABC signal and one is the CW, Fox has
one HD, and PBS has four, one HD and three SD. Plus the each still have
their analog broadcasts. Plus we have a low power UHF analog station
which will probably still be analog after the cut-over.
The stations may have HD capability, but much of the programming on
digital is still in SD.
BTW, digital stations are not at full power yet, I'm told, but I
havent' been able to find out what percentage of power they are likely
to be using.
I have a Philips DVDR 3736H, I think it is, with a 160 gig harddrive.
Its design, its logic isn't perfect, but it's the closest thing to a
VCR I could fine. 250 at Sams Club. BEst not to buy mail order
because quite a few of them are defective. But mine worked fine,
minus the design issues.
It gets both digital and analog, and come February, I'll just stop
using the analog. But now I'm still using it, because the digital
fades out for 1 to 3 seconds every once in a while. Of course my
amplified antenna in the attic is broken now, and all I have is an 8
foot wire on the bedroom floor, plus they are not at full power.
Plus I bought one converter box, in case I don't want to rely on the
dvdr. (all my tvs are connected to the bedroom.)
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