I agree with our guest about poorly designed Converter boxes, but what would you expect from a Government mandated program? Kinda makes ya wonder about what's coming along in ObamaCare, eh?
My first Converter box was a Dish DTV Pal and it misbehaved within the first week that I owned it. Frozen or scrambled pictures, no audio, etc. Its plastic enclosure was always very
hot and I resolved it by drilling holes in its case for ventilation.
I replaced it with a Channel Master CM-7000 converter box and haven't had any problems in three years. That box was not
on the Government subsidy list and it was made in Bulgaria rather than China. It has a metal case, too.
I disagree about our guests poor opinion about digital modulation and reception. In my area, analog reception is very problematic and in spite of years of work on antenna systems, I always had ghosting including leading ghosts
which indicated the signals were arriving directly to the tuner, ahead of the signals collected by the antennas. That's a problem I couldn't beat being located under a mile from four 316,000 watt transmitters. Here is a shot of analog 4 at the best it ever came in and it is an 'excellent' picture compared to some of the other channels received here before digital.
Compared to digital, which makes a 1960s TV show look pretty good and it is received from 75 miles away.
Plus, we are now able to watch full-width letterbox
(wide screen) pictures like this one transmitted in SD.
Here's what analog TV reception looked like in 1930. Progress!