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A Smooth Transition?

Switch To DTV Did Not Cause Chaos, Riots

This morning my little portable TV I keep in my workshop was nothing but static. That is how I was reminded that American television broadcasters had shut off their analog transmissions and “gone digital”.

It seems it really did happen. Finally. And society did not collapse (further).

C/Net article: The day after the DTV transition
“Americans have survived the transition to digital television without incident.
The sky did not fall and there was no major shortage of digital converter boxes Friday when full-power broadcasters across the nation turned off their analog TV signals and started broadcasting only in digital. Calls to broadcasters and the Federal Communications Commission have been heavy the past few days, but officials say that the volume is within what the agency had expected…”
(I enjoyed some of the comments left on this one.)

It seems that the biggest problem people are having with getting over-the-air DTV is related to antennas. So here is a video showing how to build a Hi-Def DTV antenna out of coathangers for $1.50.

[note: I haven’t done this myself, but I have several “anecdotal” referrals.]

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  1. i wonder if the US was early or late to switch over to all-digital TV compared with other countries

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    Comment by bowler | June 15, 2009 | Reply

    • Bowler,
      That would be a matter of perspective.. and whether one approved of the move, I think.

      Generally speaking, though, while the US might be a leader at invention, it doesn’t always do so well with implementation.
      One example of that is — how many US households are still on dial-up? (And for those who ARE on High Speed, why is the max so slow?) Compared to some other countries, the US lags significantly.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 15, 2009 | Reply


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