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Will Digital Switch Leave Some Behind?


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#1 OFFLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 11:09 PM

18 days to go and...

From KXTV:

Will Digital Switch Leave Some Behind?

In less than three weeks, Sacramento TV stations will pull the plug on their analog signals and broadcast pure digital TV.

Sylvia Bridges worries June 12 will be the day she can no longer watch television.

An estimated three percent of American TV households are not prepared for the DTV transition, according to the FCC. In the Sacramento area the number is even higher-- nearly five percent.

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Perhaps we can refer her to Bob Hess's What's Wrong With My #@%@!#$ TV?? After all, he LOVES indoor antennas and digital TV. :kickbutt:

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 02:25 PM

Undoubtedly, some people will be caught with their pants down, and some people will go from snowy analog coverage to no coverage in digital, but that's just the way of the world. We really can't get started on "fixing" reception problems until the transition is finalized anyway, so the sooner, the better.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 03:29 PM

Imagine if they had waited until everyone had a TV and antenna before allowing analog transmission to begin back in the day!

We might still be waiting:eek2:

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 03:45 PM

I'm fairly sure the digital transition will leave some behind. Not wanting to be mean, but lets be honest that they have had more than enough time to get prepared!

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:34 PM

Yep.. and I still keep coming back to how this is the major concern for some people.

No one has previously been concerned if that same person had a home, was eating, and getting medicine... had electricity... etc.

OR if I focus simply on the TV requirements... There has been no public outcry to make sure the person has a TV, and an antenna... So why the big concern over this one component.

Anyone who is truly stumped over the digital conversion and/or cannot afford the chaep converter box has most certainly other more important needs that aren't being met.

It's a lot like the "let them eat cake" quote... we're overly worried about whether someone gets their digital converter box installed for free, and completely ignoring the living conditions that are a larger day-to-day factor in the quality of life.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:38 PM

No one has previously been concerned if that same person had a home, was eating, and getting medicine... had electricity... etc.


Game. Set. Match.

Never thought of it that way. Too unfortunate that TV is so important. :nono2:

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:52 PM

Any bets that the government will last second delay the transition date once again? I'm not for it, just wondering if their will be another last second cry again. I agree that all have plenty of time to get ready.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:58 PM

Any bets that the government will last second delay the transition date once again? I'm not for it, just wondering if their will be another last second cry again. I agree that all have plenty of time to get ready.


I think now that Obama has been in office for more than a few months and now has other distractions he'll let it go.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 06:50 PM

I'm fairly sure the digital transition will leave some behind. Not wanting to be mean, but lets be honest that they have had more than enough time to get prepared!


100% agree. If you don't know by now of the digital switch, you must have your head in your butt.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:20 PM

100% agree. If you don't know by now of the digital switch, you must have your head in your butt.


Or you don't watch TV so this doesn't affect you anyway....
You CAN put antennas on your owned and/or controlled property...

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:37 PM

I would bet that 95% of those "unready" and "concerned" people will be watching TV on June 13. The fact that their analog tuners went dark will *finally* motivate them to do one of the following:

- Buy a digital tuner box.
- Install the box they bought months ago, but never did anything with.
- Call a friend/relative/neighbor to help
- Subscribe to pay TV.

Most of this group is the type that won't do anything until the actually lose service.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:03 AM

YAWN! :new_sleep

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:09 AM

Undoubtedly, some people will be caught with their pants down, and some people will go from snowy analog coverage to no coverage in digital, but that's just the way of the world. We really can't get started on "fixing" reception problems until the transition is finalized anyway, so the sooner, the better.


The Los Angeles market stations are going to lose hundreds of OTA viewers, according to the detailed maps on TV Fool. In fact the local cable cos are advertising "limited basic" for OTA tv channels for 9.95/month as a way to get OTA viewers hooked up before the 12th.
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:15 AM

Yes.....For about a day

Then they will get the snow screen and decide to upgrade unwillingly

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 01:27 PM

Any bets that the government will last second delay the transition date once again? I'm not for it, just wondering if their will be another last second cry again. I agree that all have plenty of time to get ready.

I really don't think so. If it was done in the 11th hour last time, it's the 11th hour and about 45 minutes this time. As far as I know, another delay hasn't even been proposed and the tapped out coupon program isn't an excuse this time.

Plus, it's becoming abundantly obvious that it doesn't matter whether you delay it four months, a year, four years or forty years -- some people just won't adapt to the change until they see nothing but snow on their TV and are *forced* to do something.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 04:13 PM

The Los Angeles market stations are going to lose hundreds of OTA viewers, according to the detailed maps on TV Fool. In fact the local cable cos are advertising "limited basic" for OTA tv channels for 9.95/month as a way to get OTA viewers hooked up before the 12th.


Hundreds of viewers? How many people does LA have? Something like 7 or 8 million or more?

I think once these people realize something is 'wrong' next month, they will buy their converter boxes.

I laugh that this thing was delayed..

1. How many more people are 'ready' that weren't ready in Feb? Probably not many.

2. You could get the converter boxes without the gov't getting involved. It wasn't like, if you couldn't get a $40 coupon, you couldn't get a box. The converter boxes were available to all (with or without coupon).
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

Enough already! Just get it done! As for the bleeding hearts whine about whatever many viewers who only get their programming from an ota antenna, I say start a privately funded foundation to seek out and equip those who are unwilling or unable to deal with the transition. The government at any level should stay the hell out of it! The public has had more than enough time.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 10:33 PM

I'm ready for it to be over too. I still can't believe how many folks think there TV's will be rendered useless, though. Check out Craiglist. Many are pratically giving away TV's because it isn't digital.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 03:01 AM

Any bets that the government will last second delay the transition date once again? I'm not for it, just wondering if their will be another last second cry again. I agree that all have plenty of time to get ready.


To many Democrats took hell from their constituents for the last delay that I don't think they could muster enough votes to get it through congress this time.

If we insist on 100% coverage, it's never going to happen.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:40 AM

I'm ready for it to be over too. I still can't believe how many folks think there TV's will be rendered useless, though. Check out Craiglist. Many are pratically giving away TV's because it isn't digital.


There are ads running here in the NY/NJ metro area from a cable provider with this actor type saying and I quote"Don't wait till June 12th to to find out your tv won't work". Of course it still works, it's not broken, it just can't decode the digital signal. That's what the converter boxes are for. If people are satisfied with the programming they receive over an antenna, they do not need cable, Fios or the dish, just a one time $45-$60 purchase of a converter box. Even if it takes word of mouth, if you know folks who depend on a antenna for tv let them know.




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