How to survive the switch to digital TV

How to survive the switch to digital TV

As many of you are no doubt aware, all analog television stations in the U.S. are required to switch to digital broadcast systems by February of 2009. What exactly that means to the millions of TV-watchers with analog only sets, however, isn't quite clear to everyone and the amount of misinformation out there is amazing...

"Did my TV screen just shrink?

That's the question a lot of people will be asking after installing one of the converter boxes that will keep their older TV sets tuned in to over-the-air broadcasts after February 17, when most stations will switch from analog to digital transmission.

The National Association of Broadcasters estimates that 70 million sets are in danger of losing their picture.

We tested two boxes and found them to produce a picture quality far better than any analog channel we could find, giving a whole new lease on life to a tube TV that lacks cable or satellite service (which will still work with older TVs after February 17). The boxes also gave us access to more channels than analog reception."

There is still a lot of confusion regarding the digital TV transistion here in the states, so if you're not sure how its going to affect you, best check with your local providers or consult the
dtv.org website.

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 however, isn't quite clear to everyone and the amount of misinformation out there is amazing...

there is still a lot of confusion regarding the digital TV transistion here in the states


This is so true. I f I had a dollar for every person who has said that their TV won't work when everything goes digital I could probally buy a skulltrail systemWink

I do think that things have progressed as far as providers and salespeople providing correct information to the lost people. It still amazes me though ow so many people focuss on the negative even after you explain it to them they still think this move is bad and that they are being forced to buy a new TV. I just hope the cable providers are prepared for the change over.

 

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Color me confused on the subject.  I still don't quite get it, so I'll just wait and see what happens on February 17.

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You know the big thing that no one seems to mention when this is discussed is if you already have cable or satellite TV, you don't need the converter box. I have a couple of 70+ year old aunts/uncles who now matter how many times I explain this think that they are being forced to buy a new TV. 

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Yeah, it never ceases to amaze me just how difficult it is for people to understand even the simplest technological thing.  Even rarer than the mention of cable and satellite users not having to worry is the mention of why this is being done.  So people don't seem to understand that we will benefit in the end by freeing up a whole spectrum of radio signals for better uses than TV.

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I got one of those converter boxes with the gov coupon just to see what the crap it was all about and IMO digital TV sucks. I dont know how the hell you can live with the dropped audio and pixelation when you get interference. It is like trying to watch a dvd that someone has taken and rubbed in a pile of sand on the floor. Maybe if you live in a big city you will not get interference, but if you dont, dtv is a big downgrade. At least with analog when you get interference you get static on the screen, but you can still see and hear what they are saying, where as with DTV you can miss picture and words for more than a few seconds while the thing is trying to catch up.

The whole crappy interference is why i never got satalite, and now im going to be forced to have to watch this utter crap digital signal that cuts out alot for no freaking reason on nice sunny days. During rain or thunderstorms, it is utterly hopeless. For anyone that doesnt live in a big city or suberbs, get ready to pay money so you can have a nice picture that will cut out parts of the picture and audio for no reason, and durring rain or hvy clouds, it gets even worse.

I am very disappointed in what DTV has to offer. The screen shrinking also sucks, even if you select the correct aspect ratio and set it up to fill your screen still parts of the picture are cut off if you have an old tube tv.

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Drago, how are you getting your signal? For instance OTA, direct tv, etc. I'm willing to bet there is something else causing the issue besides the signal.

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im getting a hd tv instead of living with all this hassle. you can get a good sized hdtv for 200-400 dollars. and i know it wont be the 50 inch 1080p moster that every one wants but eh. im still going to wait untill early febuary to buy anything. ive seen alot of good deals on hdtv's living in nyc but i still believe prices will drop even further. 

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That's ok Ice, you'll never notice a difference without 1080p unless you hook up a blue ray player anyway. Most "HD" chaneels you get look like DVD quality anyway with maybe the exception of the sports channels and a few others. Most HD content you see is just upconverted and really isn't the best quality. Granted it's better than SD but I wouldn't categorize it as HD really. It's more marketing hype.

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nelsoncp21:

That's ok Ice, you'll never notice a difference without 1080p unless you hook up a blue ray player anyway. Most "HD" chaneels you get look like DVD quality anyway with maybe the exception of the sports channels and a few others. Most HD content you see is just upconverted and really isn't the best quality. Granted it's better than SD but I wouldn't categorize it as HD really. It's more marketing hype.



yeah and plus the difference between something like a 32 inch 720p and a 32 inch 1080p is almost invisible. i mostly just want a good cheap hd tv to not worry about digital, play xbox 360 on, and just get a slightly improved quality.... god damn digital conversion. ohh well so far my budget for a tv wil be around 400, and for around 200 i can get a decent hdtv :-)

 

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Sounds like you need a stronger antenna Drago.  I have the same situation, sometimes the DTV signals go out and get pixilated.  I bet you have noticed also that your reception is better when it is stormy, or a lot of cloud cover.

 For everyone freaking out about the DTV change, keep in mind, this only affects people who get their programming via the air.  So people with cable, or satalite dont have to worry.

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vicaphit:

Sounds like you need a stronger antenna Drago.  I have the same situation, sometimes the DTV signals go out and get pixilated.  I bet you have noticed also that your reception is better when it is stormy, or a lot of cloud cover.

 For everyone freaking out about the DTV change, keep in mind, this only affects people who get their programming via the air.  So people with cable, or satalite dont have to worry.

not necassarily true. there are still very few people who have cable ready tv's and don't use a cable box. They too however will need a converter.

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