as to the DVD player, I recently saw a blue ray one for 99 bucks.
now DVDs are cheaper to make than videotapes, for new movies etc
so buying a cheap DVD player or DVD VCR combo might be a good move.
or take a DVD and copy to videotape. it breaks copyright rules but
videotapes arent nearly as good picture quality as a DVD
I do have two DVD VCR combos, but the regular old VCR was just fine, until
they stopped releasing new movies in the VHS format. The DVD's don't wear
well at all, and I can't tell you how many times I've had to return them to
the video store because they're skipping, scratched etc. Once in a great
while you would get a VHS that didn't sound good or something, but not
often, with DVD's it's a crap shoot. I also hate that you can't FF through a
lot of that crap on a DVD, and on some, you can't even FF through the
My local police and fire dispatch are pretty happy that they will be
able to use a dedicated frequency for voice and data communication.
right now they have to share bandwidth with microwave ovens and cordless
phones. The range is limited and there is a boatload of interference.
The old analog TV was a bandwidth waster for sure. It's about time they
shut it down.
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On Fri, 02 Jan 2009 07:50:31 -0500, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Buying a digital TV should make no difference with the reception part of
it. A 42" flat screen won't get any more stations, although retailers
would like us to believe that they do.
Already, it may be too late to get a coupon in time. Rather than being
open ended, the funding is for a specific dollar amount. When all the
money is out there in the form of redeemable coupons, new applicants have
to wait for coupons to expire, unredeemed.
On Fri, 02 Jan 2009 09:36:48 -0800, Harry K wrote:
Just relating how the coupon thing works ... which I didn't know until
recently. If one is to believe www.dtv2009.gov a coupon ordered today
should be mailed on the 19th of this month. But apparently that's in
On Fri, 02 Jan 2009 15:25:39 -0500, Ann wrote:
"The TV Converter Box Coupon Program has reached its funding ceiling.
However, coupon requests from eligible households will be filled on a
first-come-first-served basis as funds become available from expiring
coupons. You will not receive coupons until funds becomes available. If
you would like to apply for a coupon today and are eligible, you will be
placed on a waiting list. ...
Consumers who have an analog TV and rely on a rooftop antenna or rabbit
ears to receive their programs are encouraged to take action to ensure at
least one TV in their home is prepared for the digital television
transition. You may:
* Purchase a TV converter box without a coupon;
* Buy a TV with a digital tuner, or;
* Subscribe to cable, satellite or another pay service."
In this case, it looks like some people WILL lose their tv signals in
February. This whole thing has been a joke. I got my coupons early
in the program. For the first two months no stores even had the
converters. I finally had to take a 1.5 hour drive (each way) to get
a converter about 2 days before the coupon expired. Now the stores
are loaded with the converters, and the coupons ran out. Leave it to
the government to screw things up.
They apparently underestimated how many cable/satellite households
also have a set(s) used for OTA reception. And, when the economy tanked,
more than the expected number of OTA households may have decided they
really didn't need to spend money on an HDTV right now.
Its a typical government project, Obama has called to delay shutoff:)
Meanwhile congress office reports analog bandwidth has NOT been
auctioned off yet.no final decision on what services it would be used
Reuse for any service will take YEARS.
This is all public information. 698-806 MHz was divided into 5 blocks
(A-E). The largest block (Block C, 22 MHZ) was purchased by Verizon
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