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Will Digital Switch Leave Some Behind?

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#76 OFFLINE   olguy


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:09 AM

What makes you think they don't have other problems?

What are they supposed to do for entertainment, stare at a blank wall? Most of them can't even afford a newspaper. Movie rentals? Not a chance. What are the kids supposed to do, go out and start robbing people? Up until a week ago, they had at least some TV to watch. Now, many of them have nothing at all. Have you ever had a houseful of small children with nothing to watch? The kids don't understand any of this, all they can do is look at Mom and wonder what happened.

When you've lived on minimum wage, working part-time jobs, you'll have a better perspective.

I just don't understand the kind of closed-minded thinking I'm seeing here.

Jumpin' Jeezus. Millions and millions of us grew up without TV. And some of us were what you might call dirt poor. And I have yet to rob my first convenience store. Read a lot of public library books. Played games with the other kids in the neighborhood. Talked with my parents and sister. Loved going to my grandparents house. For the stories. They finally got a TV about the time they got an electric refrigerator in '58 or so after I joined the Navy.

My wife's family got a magic box when she was in grade school. She is addicted. I never had one in my house until we got married 51 years ago and I'm indifferent to TV. I can still go to the library. I can still talk to my neighbors. I can still talk to my sons. I can still go for walks in the park. I can still sit with my dogs. And because I am way better off than we were when I was growing up I have a number of other non-TV related amusements. But I don't need money or TV to be happy.
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#77 OFFLINE   machavez00


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:13 AM

That does remind me that as a child of the 60's and 70's, there were times we didn't have a TV after parents divorced. Usually grandparents helped with a TV, but we still had times without. Or a black and white after everything had gone color in the 70s.

And we never had cable--there weren't one :)

We didn't have a color TV (or a touch tone phone!)until after my father passed in 1977. It was a hand-me-down Motorola from my aunt. It was 15 years old when the tube finally went dark.

When did B&W simulcasting end, with the analog shut off?

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 02:09 PM

When did B&W simulcasting end, with the analog shut off?

You know... it probably depends on how you look at it.

Technically, yes, B&W compatible broadcast ends with the digital cutover because all that is being broadcast now would be the MPEG2 encoded data which is in color (except for an old B&W show of course).

BUT... all the converter boxes out there output RF in analog for older TVs, thus B&W compatible, or composite which also is B&W friendly... so folks with B&W TVs should be just fine still.

So even with technically ending B&W-compatible broadcast, the necessity of the converter box to decode the signal results in something compatible still with older B&W TVs if you still have one around.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 03:01 PM

I HAVE connected an old 12 inch Sears B/W tv to a CECB - worked just fine....
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 06:27 PM

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 06:58 PM

Try going into the antenna setup on the HR2x, select "Reset Settings" to wipe the current db, then redo the "Initial Setup", it may help if the changes have already been mapped to the DirecTV database.

I had a problem with 2 of my locals swapping: ch 26 and 38 shared a transmitter, but on the 12th 26 moved to its original frequency when they turned analog off - ch 38 went from 15-2 to 15-1 and ch 26 went from 15-1 to 26-1. Redoing everything fixed my problem.

Well, I did as you suggested and now it's worse. After issuing the Reset Settings and then doing the scan the Option to edit the Local channels is grayed out. Tried several times; same thing. Now no locals at all. :mad:

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