to DTV or not to DTV

Another political post in two days?   Wow! What is up with that? Just this,  for at least the few months local television stations have been pushing the switch to DTV in Feb 2009.  I purchased my digital converter before any local stations were using any sort of signal strength on the digital side.  On Feb 18 2009, the signals on all the digital channels should have been boosted to a higher level when the old analog signals were shut off.    Our congress, in the infinite wisdom (sarcasm!!!), decided it would be a good idea to delay the switch.   ARRGH!!!!!  The president will probably sign this bill.  ARRRRGH!!!!!!!!

So instead of getting better signal strength on the 18th of February, I’ll be stuck with what I currently get.  I live out in the middle of nowhere (I like that,  so I’m not moving) and I can’t get cable.  I live in the middle of the woods so satalite TV is out, unless I want to cut down some very large and living trees (I don’t).   So I’m stuck with the signal I can get over the air.

I did my part.  I got my new antenna (the old one would have never gotten a good digital signal).  I got my converter box.  I’m just waiting to get all the local channels.  1 station still hasn’t upped their signal to something I can get.  3 others are hit and miss right now.  I can only get 1 station most of the time.  I was hoping to get all of them in the middle of February.   Can I say ARRRGHH!!! again?

I’m really not sure why anyone who watches TV enough to miss it, could miss the fact that digital TV is coming.  It has been forced down our throats over and over again, comercial after comercial ( I was hoping they would stop soon).   Now those will probably continue until some time in June.  All because of a supposed 6.5 million people who aren’t ready for the switch.  My question is: “Where the heck were they for the past 6 months”.  Get your government coupon early we were told.  Get ready for the switch was said.  DTV is coming on Feb 18.    Now we will get those same messages for the next 5 months….  GRRRR…

The Federal Government forced this switch on us years ago.  Saying we had to keep up with the technology.  That started over 10 years ago.  I’m sure that the way technology goes, there could be something better for transmission by now if somebody wanted to develop it.  10 years is a long time for tech stuff.  Don’t ge me wrong, I’m all for the digital TV, but this switch really should have been done a long time ago.  I’m just worried that this will go the way of the metric system.  We’ve all seen how far that went.  So in 50 years will we still have analog TV and Digital TV side by side?   I wouldn’t bet against it.

9 thoughts on “to DTV or not to DTV”

  1. Shoved down our throats is right. They’ve been playing a banner every day on Dr. Phil for OVER a year, not to mention Dr. Phil himself doing ads about it. I too am sick of hearing about it! I wonder if my 80+ year-old grandparents are ready or if they’re one of the holdouts? They’re the only ones I know who don’t have cable – besides you 🙂

  2. I wonder if the ABC affiliate has changed their countdown. It seems that everytime I watch, here comes the plug with the annoying voice “Only 2,345,613 days until the switch.” AAAAAAGH, indeed!”

  3. On a lighter note…. does anyone remember back in the 80s having the Disney Channel and their answer to MTV. Classic Disney animation set to not only pop songs of the day but to some classic music…. DTV. Surely there must be some of these floating around youtube somewhere.

  4. So many (including moi) see this as a mistake, yet I can see where the new big O and company are coming from: budget shortfall + bad economy = no TV for procrastinators who can’t justify the $40 – $80 for a converter for each TV and can’t get a coupon. We don’t have coupons either, but then we have satellite.

  5. I just heard today that some of the channels I get are keeping to the February date for DTV conversion. Maybe more than just one will make the switch.

  6. Now it is up to two broadcasters for a total of 7 digital channels. I’m still hoping all of the broadcasters in the area will stick to the February date.

    1. I’m still hoping that more of the Fort Wayne Stations will make the switch before the June 19 cutoff. I don’t know what the Fox affiliate is doing, since I haven’t been able to get them since I switched over to digital. My converter box doesn’t seem to have analog pass through. I’ve heard that NBC, CBS and PBS from Ft Wayne are making the switch on the 17th. I would assume that ABC will also make the switch that day, since the ABC and NBC stations are run by the same group. So that should mean most of the Fort Wayne stations will be at full digital power on the 18th. Yeah!!

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