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Old 06-09-2005, 04:31 PM   #1  
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FCC Speeds Up Digital TV Signal Deadlines
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It might be because nothing is ever that simple. The FCC is pushing things forward, but in congress they're pushing deadlines back. It seems congress no longer wants to end analog transmissions by next year, now they're targeting 2009.

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It is 2 separate things. Of course they are going to push back the switch when most homes don't have digital. FCC is pushing more new TVs to have digital capabilities built in sooner, that can only hasten the day when the digital switch is made. Until this is done, Congress has no choice but to continue to push back the date.
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Agreed, but broadcasters have no reason to switch until there's a hard date. What good are digital TVs if you can't get any content?
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Agreed, but broadcasters have no reason to switch until there's a hard date. What good are digital TVs if you can't get any content?
A majority of broadcasters have made the switch. It' just that some programs are analog and some are digital as it is right now.And there is plenty of content. I watch digital most everynight with OTA antenna. CBS,FOX,PBS,ABC,,,etc.
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I think the figure I saw was 99% of the stations have switched. Over 1400 stations.
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Sure, most have switched, but they're not broadcasting the digital with the same power as the analog. Check antennaweb.org and see what stations you can pick up in analog vs digital. Also notice how big the antenna needs to be to get alot of those digital broadcasts.
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Just curious. A friend of mine has a Sony 32" set with a built-in ATSC tuner. He gets local HD channels OTA. I have digital cable with HD channels for my Sony 30" set. This friend of mine says my HD looks much better and crisp. I haven't seen his OTA HD channels. But I guess OTA signals can't look as good due to interference. Is this true? If so the next HDTV for my bedroom will be one without a built-in tuner.
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Just curious. A friend of mine has a Sony 32" set with a built-in ATSC tuner. He gets local HD channels OTA. I have digital cable with HD channels for my Sony 30" set. This friend of mine says my HD looks much better and crisp. I haven't seen his OTA HD channels. But I guess OTA signals can't look as good due to interference. Is this true? If so the next HDTV for my bedroom will be one without a built-in tuner.
Sounds like he's watching low resolution material on HD channels or has *really* low signal strength. Most of the OTA stations in my market only show 720p/1080i material during prime time. All the rest of the time time they're showing 480. Huge difference in quality. Some of the best PQ I've come across has been OTA. My cable HD is nice, and when not overcompressed is pretty stunning. There is also a ton more true HD material available on cable.
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Sony makes 30 & 32" sets in several technologies & model lines... maybe 720p vs. 1080i native TVs... is the STB setup optimally? Could be a lot of things...
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