Posted by Johnboy109 on Friday, January 9, 2009
Let me give you my two cents on the digital converter situation.
It's a logical move,technology wise. But on a grassroots level it looks like a way for manfacturers to declare their products obsolete. So now you have to buy more stuff.
First off-I lived in Florida for twenty some years. Everbody had a little TV/Radio that ran off batteries for the hurricane season.
The converter box has to have power to function. So, when the power goes out, that little emergency TV set won't pick up anything.
Now the FCC is telling us that when the digital conversion occurs, TV station signal strength will drop. So even if you have the converter box, you'll need to upgrade your antenna.
No government subsidized coupons for that.
What's next? Radio going all digital. Maybe I don't want another monthly bill.
What can we do? Petition PBS to remain analog ?
Anybody remember the old outlaw radio stations with bumped up transmitter towers ? "I Heard It On The X"
Friday, January 9, 2009 @2:08:20 PM
I just heard on the news that the date may be pushed back. I could care less whether I get digital or analog...I don't get it. Now when the power goes out, my digital phone doesn't work. Is this progress?
....Curmudgeon in Maine
Friday, January 9, 2009 @2:57:39 PM
We hooked up converter box and signal from some small stations is improved. But the big stations we usually watch are still on analog, so cant see them when have the converter box hooked up. I can't keep hooking and unhooking the converter box, so the little stations have lost us until the big stations also change to digital signals. This is a real mess that may or may not be solved when all stations switch to digital. Oh well, I can always find amusement picking my banjo.
Friday, January 9, 2009 @5:57:17 PM
With a digital signal, the transmission power doesn't need to be near the strength for the same reception as an analogue signal at a given distance. The conversion is absolutely necessary to accomodate the increase in data that is being transmitted over the waves as more and more devices transmit larger and larger data batches. It will be a little rough with some tough spots along the way, but it is absolutely for the best.
Friday, January 9, 2009 @7:30:41 PM
Jeff, I think your atavar may be a better symbol of the digital switch.
Friday, January 9, 2009 @8:06:32 PM
My banjo and my fiddle are still analog. I don't need a converter box or a government-supplied coupon for either, and I'm feeling rather smug about that.
Monday, January 12, 2009 @3:08:14 AM
Looks like this will be one of the first problems Obama will have to deal with. The federal coupon program for converter boxes is out of money. Obama wants the changeover date delayed. The TV Stations already signed agreements with phone companies who want the analog airwaves. They want to go ahead with it and let the public catch up.
So, does the American public get screwed again? Doh.
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