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September 30, 2007

TV To Go Out????

The Night The TVs Go Out

Washington Post ....for complete article

You may be in for a rude surprise come February 17, 2009 when broadcasters, by law, stop sending analog signals when they broadcast your favorite shows:

But many consumers have no idea that this change is coming, and members of Congress are voicing concern over the lack of cooperation between federal agencies and the entertainment industry.

The political static comes as broadcasters, retailers, cable operators and regulators clash over how to educate consumers about the change.

Sales of digital television sets have nearly tripled since 2005, and the Consumer Electronics Association expects annual sales to top $26 billion this year. With the holiday season approaching, government officials in charge of managing the transition to digital TV say that they're severely underprepared and that they worry that the biggest electronics retailers are misinformed.

"If we don't do a better job of planning, we'll have one of the biggest outrages Congress has ever seen," Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein told the Senate Special Committee on Aging last week. "This is a huge market opportunity, but also an opportunity for a huge disaster."

There are currently 70 million TV sets that rely on rooftop antennas and rabbit ears for reception. Unless these consumers purchase a converter box, their TV's will go dark when broadcasters make the switch.

Wild Thing's comment........

Isn't this a bunch of bunk? I mean Over the air broadcasting isn’t gonna stop.Older sets will need converters but once they’re installed rabbit ears will still be will be the case with digital TV’s.

We have Cable and also Direct TV, I guess there still are TV's out there with those rabbit ears. I remember them and how we would put them just so and then move back slowly from the TV set. hahaha

Posted by Wild Thing at September 30, 2007 12:55 AM


WTF? No more CNN or MSNBC? No more ABC, CBS, NBC or PBS liberal broadcasts? No more 'Sex in the City' or 'Desperate Housewives' or 'The View' episodes? No more M-TV or E-Channel or VH-1 or BET raunchy grind dances? Too bad WT! Guess we'll have to go back to reading more books and spending more quality time with one another, eh?
And making MORE conservatives...!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 30, 2007 05:53 AM

The analog switch-off ruling, which so far has met with little opposition from consumers or manufacturers, would render all non-digital televisions dark and obsolete on the switch-off date, unless connected to an external off the air tuner, analog or digital cable, or a satellite system. The FCC has determined that an external tuning device can simply be added to non-digital televisions to lengthen their useful lifespan. Several of these devices have already been shown, and it is expected that low-cost units will be available in January 2008.[10] At that same time, the U.S. government will take requests from households for up to two coupons to reduce the price of some converter boxes by $40.[11] Currently, even the earliest televisions continue to work with present broadcast standards. This mandate was designed to help provide a painless transition to the new standard.

The government is going to pay for this ? Which mean US are going to pay for this.

That is if you don't have cable and their Digital-Analog converter.

If anyone has/had satilite TV, like NFL Sunday ticket, Snow storms are the worst thing for these Signals. The picture comes in Block form, stops, even slow motion and then go out completely. An error appears on the screen " No Signal"

I am waiting for Hillary to pronounce another tax increase to buy every 'Po' family in America a Digital TV. If this witch gets elected the whole damn country will be in the 'Po' house.

Of course when the government gets involved the price will increase three-fold of what it is really worth, in order to pay for the Bureaucratic nonsense that will surely follow.

The problem I see is in areas that do not have cable but merely Antennas in areas surrounded by mountains. These areas always had trouble with analog signals now with digital the problem will be only worse.

Like Illegal amnesty and the North American Union this too will be shoved down our throats.

we are losing it one freedom at a time.

Posted by: Mark at September 30, 2007 08:49 AM

Why is the Federal Government (congress) getting involved in TV signals? Why don't they mind their own stinking business and let the Free Enterprise system take care of this?

Posted by: BobF at September 30, 2007 09:26 AM

This started in Congress in 1998, wonder who's watch that was on? Think of it like the proposed carbon tax, if you use it you will pay for it.

The airwaves are regulated, all except a very small spectrum and even that is regulated if not enforced. With the new technology the Feds will have total control of all the spectrum to sell to the highest wireless payer.

If you thought eminent domain issues about private property were a bad thing, this is as far reaching. The potential for digital censurship is enormous via filtering programs. PSSST! Don't let Hugo Chavez know about this.

The FCC has always held Amateur radio to a higher standard than any of the other outlets, along with narrow bandwidth constraints, the FCC is quick to fine and to confisticate transcievers for minor violations, because they operate worldwide independently beyond the confines of the studio without vast amounts of payola.

Take away the analog bandwidths and there is more room for the new wireless digital channels. Your cell phone, WIFI, audio and video surveilance by state and local paramilitary functionaries and the evergrowing military spectrums using spread spectrum technology, used for surveilance, remote control or even for spying on the citizenry.

One other fact, almost all talk shows are aired on AM radio, both AM and FM are analog technologies, they too will be gone as soon as the TV switch is implemented. This is another form of suppression of free speech in disguise, gone will be the conservative spokesmen who expose the corrupt and force the citizenry to think for themselves.

Thank you John McCain for your tireless work in this endeavor.

It's sad that the government has mandated this last form of freedom into the dustbin of history, like that original Marconi spark gap transmitter.

Posted by: Jack at September 30, 2007 12:54 PM

Darth stole my thunder. It might not hurt if all tv broadcasting shut down for a few months. After the initial suicides, maybe the rest of society would wise up and --------, No, won't work.

Posted by: TomR at September 30, 2007 01:54 PM

Ya-know I really get tired of all the nay-saying.
This is no different than Shamnesty, we beat it
once and now the Durbin Dream act was blown out
of the water(ie) Shamnesty#2 Action people, e-mail
and block that white house switch bord every time
some thing like this comes up...As for the old
analog tv band it's not going away,wireless companys are in a bidding war for their share
of the spectrum, T-Mobile spent 4-billion.Analog
covers in-city and has better building penatration

Posted by: Tincan Sailor at September 30, 2007 10:15 PM

Darth, hahahha yes and actually having conversations.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2007 12:10 AM

Mark your right, We had trouble when we lived in the canyons of Malibu, Ca. All those mountains around, sometimes it was good and other times not so great reception.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2007 12:12 AM

Bob they sure love to mess with things don't they. When Dems are in charge it always gets to be such a mess, way too much government in our lives, way too much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2007 12:13 AM

Jack, thanks for those links. And thanks for your input that is VERY interesting.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2007 12:16 AM

Tom, hahahhaa well let's see ....hmmmmm your right. I think Nick would have a fit if he could not watch sports.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2007 12:18 AM

Hi Tincan, yep we sure did good letting them know how we felt about amnesty for illegals.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2007 12:21 AM