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After the changeover

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  1. Feb 4, 2009 #1 of 11
    frederic1943

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    How will DirecTV handle the SD channels after the changeover to digital? The stations will be dropping their NTSC 4:3 480i analog broadcasting and will be broadcasting an ATSC 16:9 picture in 720p/1080i. How will that affect the carriage rules. Can the stations demand that they be treated as HD channels then and demand payment for them?
     
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    techntrek

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    Don't confuse digital tv broadcasting and HD screen resolution. You need digital to broadcast HD, but you don't need HD on digital (you could broadcast HD on analog, its technically possible but obviously won't ever happen except by ham radio techs). Plenty of SD channels will still exist after the switch to digital.
     
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    Mike Bertelson

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    I suspect that most if not all stations will still have a 4x3 480i/p signal.

    A lot of homes still have SDTVs.

    Mike
     
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    GrumpyBear

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    I agree, we will see lots of 480p out there. What will really suck as I have a feeling we will have to put up with even more Postage letterbox crap too.
     
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    mobandit

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    And it's been delayed again, until June.
     
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    GrumpyBear

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    The offical date has been delayed, lots of Stations are going ahead anyways. We have Fox, NBC, and CBS locally here, that are running adds, telling people that they are going forward, and were to go to BUY a converter.
     
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    I don't think so, stations aren't going to waste the money or bandwidth on doing this. DirecTV has already cut most of our Austin stations over to the DT channels. When the stations send out a 4:3 picture that's what we get, when they sendout a 16:9 we get a cropped 4:3. For most TV shows they're shot anyway framed for a 4:3 picture. Where it will hurt is movies that would have had a pan & scan verison for the SD channel will now have the 16:9 wide screen version.
     
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    RAD

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    Our CBS has said they're still pulling the plug on 2/17, basically said like any business they need to reduce expenses and the analog transmitter is a $20K/month electric bill they don't need. Our Fox station has also said they're still shutting down on schedule, probably because they're going back to their analog channel and have antenna work already scheduled for the cut over.

    I hope the majority of the stations just ignore this and shut down on 2/17, else we'd probably be looking at someone saying the June date needs to be extended again because 1.5 million folks are still too lazy to get a converter.
     
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    bobnielsen

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    I watched a bit of the proceedings on CSPAN today and it looked like the arguments were all along party lines (of course, none of the understood the real issues involved).
     
  10. l8er

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    You're being too optimistic. Methinks the 6 million+ people who are clueless now after all these years of promoting the digital switch will still be clueless in June or December, 2010 or 2015. They'll be sitting and staring at a screen full of static and think they're watching a snowstorm in Alaska indefinitely.
     
  11. Tom Robertson

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    Since this thread has morphed into another "What is the DTV going to look like" thread which is being discussed in three other places, let us continue this discussion there. Most active/current thread is: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=151605

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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