It's too bad there's not ONE Converter Box that has the 'IR Blaster' like the Dish Satellite receivers do which can tell the VCR to record without needing to program both the box and VCR.
This is a discussion on What are your thoughts on the digital transition? within the DTV | HDTV Chat forums, part of the Over-the-Air (Antenna TV) category.
I asked one lady at the fair about the DTV Transition. She replied, "You know, it's like bees living in your head".
I could not disagree with her.
Then I asked a man the same question and he replied simply, "Live it or Live with it".
That eliminated all other needs to continue my survey. I headed home to see if skip was ruining my VHF reception or not.......
The more I understand, the less I know.
PORK... The Other White Meat....
I thought there was one that did something like that.
Comments are my own and not that of my employer or anyone else.
"Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand..." - Rush "Witch Hunt"
What? the IR Blaster? not to my knowledge. the Dish DTVPal lacks that feature. their satellite receivers have it. it was a great convenience when using a VCR with a satellite receiver, a lot like using a converter with one, too.
as faras the transition vertually seemless for my regular cable provider but my portable tv that i was bring to games to watch the instant replay and to watch the pregame is now rendered useless and I donot want to trow it away because I just bought it last year to replace an older one. Now I find the prices for the new ones a lot more and they are not as portable. but they are small enough to hide the digital tuners in them so ... in effect there must be a chip on part of the circut board that could be extracted and mass produced and add a nine volt battery to this and plug that into the av port or the antenna port on my old analog tv to make it digital and take with me. for about 10 bucks plus the battery cost so I do not clutter the world with old tvs by throwing mine out and buying a new one ! I am disappointed that greed has forced our goverment into the digital age to force upon us the cost of buying some thing new just because networks have found a new way to empty our pockets once again!
Frustrated Portable Analog Tv Owner
I think you hit the nail on the head, when you used the word "frustrated". Frustration is understandable, when progress and advancement overall results in an individual experiencing instances of added costs or reduced convenience or utility. There has never been a significant change that didn't have some artifacts of that nature. It is like that old adage says, "If you want to make an Omelet, you gotta break some eggs."
Also cable has NOTHING to do with the OTA digital transition. So of course it was seemless for them.
Broadcasters give their product away for free, so how can one say that "the networks have found a new way to empty our pockets once again!", when they don't send you a bill for any of the programming that they "Give Away For Free". Your blame for the transition is misplaced, and should be directed at Big Brother instead of the broadcasters.
A perfect analog signal on studio quality equipment looks almost as good as an SD digital signal to most industry experts. Digital TV is a very good quality product if you live in a location that has good reliable signal levels. Digital TV is not magic, and if you lived in a location where analog reception was bad, then digital will also be bad in most cases. There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, that statement is true.
In addition to that fact, there is also the aspect that some Broadcasters may not running the full legal power, or have not applied for an allowed power increase of the original power levels, known as "Facility Maximization", which is actually FCC permission to increase power.
In addition, that "Permission" is actually a "Construction Permit" to increase power, and it is good for 3 years, and there may be broadcasters in your area that have applied for power increases, but have not actually acted on it due to the economy, or they may have been denied permission due to circumstance beyond their control such as interference to other broadcasters.
That may not be as easy as it sounds if the transmitter was specified and purchased for the original proposed power levels. You cannot just go to the transmitter and turn a knob or flip a switch and increase the power output.
All of the equipment such as transmitters, antennas , and transmission line is normally specified at or near the FCC assigned power levels, and not all sites had enough reserve power to be able to apply for a power increase without spending even more money on extra power capacity.
Last edited by FOX TV; 02-18-2010 at 12:00 PM.
WE ARE NOT SHEEPLE !!
WE ARE NOT SHEEPLE !!