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FCC asking for bids to help consumers install DTV converters


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#21 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:17 AM

When UHF first came on the scene we had no government program to help install UHF tuners on our TV sets. We bought them and hooked them up.

I was against the coupon program, so, I hate to defend this. When you hooked up your UHF tuner to your television you would have still had a television that worked (and still got the vast majority of your channels) without the UHF tuner. When I was a youngster and that change came along I didn't even know of UHF channels until we got a television with a UHF tuner built in. The problem here is that without the box they will get no channels at all, not even the ones that they were used to receiving as was the case in the UHF situation.
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#22 OFFLINE   n3ntj

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:20 AM

Yeah, we can start a Dbstalk digital converter box install" company. :)
I am sure there are enough people here that know what needs to be done and can do it quickly.
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#23 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:18 AM

The fundamental question is: "If they can't hook up the converter box, who hooked up their TV in the first place?"

#24 OFFLINE   samhevener

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:31 AM

The fundamental question is: "If they can't hook up the converter box, who hooked up their TV in the first place?"


Their son who now lives 3000 miles away on the other side of the country.
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Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:06 AM

What kind of son lets his mother survive on OTA only? Sonny boy should get mama a nice DirecTV HD and a Sony Bravia for Mother's Day.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:22 AM

What prevents the mother from talking to one of her neighbors about her converter box, or calling the local library? I guess TV breeds too much passivity and helplessness in people...

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:37 PM

Huh? Lets see.

They is one of them there plug holes that says "Antenna". Me guess me should um plug that there cord from the antenna what used to be hooked up to my TV in it. What do you know, it only fits one way.

Then they is another one of them there plug holes that says TV. Me guess me should plug that there cord from the TV in it. What do you know, it only fits one way.

And then its got a juicetricity plug. Me should plug that into the juicetricity.

And it say "put TV on channel 3". Just like a video game. Me loves playstation 'raslin.

What do you know. Just like the directions sez, in English, Mexican, and that there Kee-bec talk too sez, also with pictures. Duhh. What time is roller derby?

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We are talking about pluging two coax cables in the back of a box and plugging it in. If a person actually does not understand that, then Vince from Scam-Wow or the "I make $6000 a month working part time" scammers will take the rest of his food stamps before the TV is warmed up.

It is nothing like "computer programming". Its not even as complex as hooking up a computer. Its not even as complex as hooking up a toaster.

What is going on? Obviously this idiotic program is doomed to failure. No person is going to want to be a provider, and no person who actually needs someone to hook up a box for them is ever going to understand it, or much of anything.

So this program can "fail" just like the virtually free converter box give-a-way "failed" and then they can ask for "just one more" delay.

Which is the plan.



Althought I do somewhat agree with what you are saying, hooking up a converter is slightly harder than hooking up a toaster.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:35 AM

Althought I do somewhat agree with what you are saying, hooking up a converter is slightly harder than hooking up a toaster.


The REAL problem here isn't everyday Americans installing converter boxes and cables. The REAL problem is DISH owners not being able to slide a purple card into a slot. Go back to the main dish forum and see all the discussion about problems DISH users are having.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:24 AM

As I understand it, the FCC is looking to subsidize TV antenna & cable converter installation for the poor, unemployed, and elderly. However, the document confines the installing dealer to only one trip. A dealer may find himself returning more than once to educate or resync the box with the TV.
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 09:43 PM

Lets see if I got this right?
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And thats before I install the box and then have to tell them that the antenna on the roof will have to be replaced with one that doesn't have half the elements missing!
Think I will pass on this one. I can get better abuse at home from the wife and kids and save on gas and help the environment.




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