I think you are incorrect....
In my area, stations have been broadcasting digital signals together
with the old analog signals for over a year.,
I have one of the free $40 digital converter boxes, so I can watch
old analog signal or the new digital signal, as I choose....
The digital signals have a better picture quality, although I am
only an old standard definition color set.
Each analog channel, in addition to the analog signal has an
three digital channels,.... so I get three times the number of
any detrimental effect.....
For instance, the old channel 12 analog is now 12.1 , 12.2 and
separate programs are transmitted on each.
When the analog signals are ended, each channel
will be able to broadcast FIVE digital standard definition channels,
or 2 or 3
high definition channels (I forget which). The choice of programming
is , of course, up to the station, but in all cases it will be the
better, or more numerous....... a business decision.
So, with NO loss of quality, and with no change in the antenna,
February 17th , using my $40 decoder box (which the government
paid for and I got it for free, as can anyone) I will have more
a better picture, and additional features, since the decoder boxes
"guide", "signal strength" and a bunch of other built-in features
old analog system doesn't have...
The only requirement is that I plug in a cheap , free, converter
buy a new TV......
Don't worry about antennae ---- if you get a decent signal now, you
a better signal in the future, since the digital processing is more
than the analog.
If you get a really bad signal now, you will still get a really bad
might not be able to be processed........ But the customer really
fix for that anyway, and maybe a higher, or larger, or rotatable
will help....Maybe not.... but there won't be any change in their
NONE of my above discussion applies to cable, or satellite
They do not change at all....
By the way, this stuff has been advertised and talked about for
three years. Someone would have to be in a coma not to know about
I got my first FREE digital TV converter box about a year or so
THAT has been advertised for a year and a half, and they started
applications for the free coupon in january 2008.
If one googles " D T V converter box " they can learn all about
Andy in Eureka, Texas
PS I now have several converter boxes, which I have compared, and I
like the RCA one very much. I do not like the Magnavox one
That leads to a point that nobody else has mentioned. When they pull the plug
on the analog side, many stations will dramatically up their digital power.
Broadcasting at reduced power on digital is mainly an economic move. A high
power station can run a power bill just for the transmitter of $20k a month or
more (that's about what Ch11/Atlanta ran when I moonlighted there in the 80s).
Running high powered digital with not much audience just didn't make sense.
Once the analog financial burden is gone and everyone is moved to digital, it
makes sense to go full power.
A call to the stations that one is interested in will quickly elicit whether
they're currently at reduced power or not.
John De Armond
See my website for my current email address
http://www.johndearmond.com <-- best little blog on the net!
Tellico Plains, Occupied TN
What do you call a blonde's cranial cavity? Vacuum chamber?
nearly all stations nationwide are now at full power, and final
channel location. there will only be minor moves.
theres a website to check channel avability. I am 8 miles from
downtown pittsburgh it recommends a outdoor directional antenna with
currently rabbit easrs work for analog, or some alligator clip
I understand about the clear picture and more channels. I have a convertor
on my old TV since Spring and get the extra all the sub channels.
My point was people who live in the country 40 plus miles from the city may
have an issue picking up some of the channels without investing in a high
performance antenna system.
Posts like this would have more credibility and make a better point if
they told us where they live, what city's stations they are trying to
receive in digital, what kind of antenna, where's it's mounted, what
kind of converter box, etc. That way, we could learn and possibly
make usefull suggestions on what they could do and they may find other
folks here with similar situations that have solved it. The fact
that they don't suggests they are more interested in whining than
No question there are a small minority that are going to be negatively
impacted. It's just like the govt putting a new highway near your
home. You get the noise, pollution, etc that comes with that too.
On the flip side, there are many people that have reported here that
they now have perfect reception with DTV, while with NTSC they had a
marginal pic on some stations.
morally bankrupt is going to be a judgment call based on
evaluations where no standards exist.
for example while one group would consider there to be nothing
repugnant about a certain activity a different group might find
the same activity completely an abhorrent abomination.
no, I do not need a list because I do not need anyone other than
myself to blame for my own issues and previously made decisions.
Oh balls. I'm sick of hearing this repeated over and over again, but
Clinton's people tried to prep the Bush administration with what they
knew about AQ and Bush's people didn't think it was a credible threat
and didn't follow through. Now can you blame Bush for that? Maybe.
Hard to say what other similar "intel" might have been coming in. Can
you blame Clinton? Not hardly - he was trying.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I love it when they ask the "Man on the Street" on Hannity who Obama's VP
is, and they can't say, although they voted for Obama. Also don't know who
Rev. Wright, Resko, Ayers, Dorn, Blogovich or any of the others are. It's
going to start getting funny real soon when all of these people who voted
the man in start getting their pink slips. Oh, I forgot. Obama has a plan
to put millions to work and do all sorts of things. I guess we'll just
print some more money. That oughta take care of it. Right?
if you were able to see the overall and total picture where the long
term plan is revealed then you'd know just how well it did work.
on a journey of this nature certain events while appearing to contradict
the apparent goal actually work to the advantage of those seeking to obtain
the unapparent and actual desired outcome.
Get your coupons soon
WASHINGTON - The Feb. 17 transition from analog to digital television
broadcasts looms and as many as 8 million households are still unprepared,
but the government program that subsidizes crucial TV converter boxes is
about to run out of money.
People who still rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air signals -
whether it is through rabbit-ear aerials on TVs or antennas on the roof -
will see their screens go dark when the changeover happens. To avoid that,
those people have to switch to cable or satellite TV, buy a television set
with a digital tuner or buy a converter box that can translate digital
signals from the airwaves into analog.
To subsidize the converter boxes, most of which cost between $40 and $80,
the government has been letting consumers request up to two $40 coupons per
home. But any day now, the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA), the arm of the Commerce Department in charge of
administering the coupon program, expects to hit a $1.34 billion funding
ceiling set by Congress.
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