DTV Complaint

ItMatters

DTVUSA Rookie
#1
My complaint is not with the money but with the added complications caused by all the additional buttons from another remote which adds to all the remotes I have for my vcr and dvd-ram recorder and Toshiba television. I was buying dvd-ram discs from local stores for 3 years and then the discs stopped being sold there and I had to order them from B.H.Photo in N.Y.City and I Live in NY. They were discontinued in favor of other formats.

Now the media is telling us that we have to add another gizmo (converter box) to our video setups! How much more complicated will this make recording off of T.V.? This is not an idle complaint! Networks could lose alot of viewers if they get frustrated with the hassle of trying to record their favoite shows with this combination of digital and analog technology! People have been adapting for quite sometime now to the new technology but soon people will get tired having new technology forced on them without anyone asking them how they feel about it. One letter writer said we would not be able to complain on the web if we did not have computers but computers are not perfect. My WINDOWS VISTA freezes on and off and at times pulls me off a website when it is configuring updates.

I feel that digital and analog signals should both be broadcast as they are now for both digital and analog users instead of making it all digtal! People learn at different rates. Some are computer whizs and some are not and I am not! People should be allowed a choice. COMPANIES should think about how their customers feel! If they don’t they may find themselves losing a lot of customers!
 

1inxs

DTVUSA Member
#2
I understand your frustration. First I would like to welcome you to the DTVUSA Forum. I know money is a big issue with many in the current economy. I believe statistics show OTA broacasters are gaining viwers and not losing them. One option you have is a Dish Network DTVPal DVR. It costs $249.00 and would replace the VCR and CECB in your system. You would eliminate two remotes and it has both HD and SD outputs. You wouldn't have to replace your TV until you wanted to. Hope this helps a little.
My complaint is not with the money but with the added complications caused by all the additional buttons from another remote which adds to all the remotes I have for my vcr and dvd-ram recorder and Toshiba television. I was buying dvd-ram discs from local stores for 3 years and then the discs stopped being sold there and I had to order them from B.H.Photo in N.Y.City and I Live in NY. They were discontinued in favor of other formats.

Now the media is telling us that we have to add another gizmo (converter box) to our video setups! How much more complicated will this make recording off of T.V.? This is not an idle complaint! Networks could lose alot of viewers if they get frustrated with the hassle of trying to record their favoite shows with this combination of digital and analog technology! People have been adapting for quite sometime now to the new technology but soon people will get tired having new technology forced on them without anyone asking them how they feel about it. One letter writer said we would not be able to complain on the web if we did not have computers but computers are not perfect. My WINDOWS VISTA freezes on and off and at times pulls me off a website when it is configuring updates.

I feel that digital and analog signals should both be broadcast as they are now for both digital and analog users instead of making it all digtal! People learn at different rates. Some are computer whizs and some are not and I am not! People should be allowed a choice. COMPANIES should think about how their customers feel! If they don’t they may find themselves losing a lot of customers!
 

Aaron62

Contributor
Staff member
#3
I understand your frustration. First I would like to welcome you to the DTVUSA Forum. I know money is a big issue with many in the current economy. I believe statistics show OTA broacasters are gaining viwers and not losing them. One option you have is a Dish Network DTVPal DVR. It costs $249.00 and would replace the VCR and CECB in your system. You would eliminate two remotes and it has both HD and SD outputs. You wouldn't have to replace your TV until you wanted to. Hope this helps a little.
@ItMatters: You won't be able to use the Government's $40 Coupon to purchase a DTVPal DVR, but as 1inxs mentioned, it is an alternative you may want to consider.

The transition is a big pain for most of us, but there are plenty of reasons why it needs to happen as well. Hope everything works out well for you.

Why are we switching to DTV?

An important benefit of the switch to all-digital broadcasting is that it will free up parts of the valuable broadcast spectrum for public safety communications (such as police, fire departments, and rescue squads). Also, some of the spectrum will be auctioned to companies that will be able to provide consumers with more advanced wireless services (such as wireless broadband).

Consumers also benefit because digital broadcasting allows stations to offer improved picture and sound quality, and digital is much more efficient than analog. For example, rather than being limited to providing one analog program, a broadcaster is able to offer a super sharp “high definition” (HD) digital program or multiple “standard definition” (SD) digital programs simultaneously through a process called “multicasting.” Multicasting allows broadcast stations to offer several channels of digital programming at the same time, using the same amount of spectrum required for one analog program. So, for example, while a station broadcasting in analog on channel 7 is only able to offer viewers one program, a station broadcasting in digital on channel 7 can offer viewers one digital program on channel 7-1, a second digital program on channel 7-2, a third digital program on channel 7-3, and so on. This means more programming choices for viewers. Further, DTV can provide interactive video and data services that are not possible with analog technology.
The Digital TV Transition: What is DTV
 
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