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Old 01-04-2006, 07:34 AM   #31  
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They are paying for the Direct TV service, so I guess they would automatically get a conversion box from Direct TV when it was required.
It Depends. Do they get their locals over SAT from DirecTV or over the air with an antenna?

The elimination of analog transmissions only applies to OTA VHF/UHF. It has no impact on closed systems such as DBS/DSS and Cable technologies.

Simply put if they get their locals from DirecTV no equipment changes are needed.

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Let the market slowly switch from analog to digital over a period of 40 years. In that scenario, government would stay out of the switch, and wouldn't need to pay a cent for the conversion.
The reason the government is involved is because the people own the airwave spectrum allocation and they want that space back. There are big bucks involved in reclaiming that spectrum and auctioning it off again.

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http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/oct05/1911
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Old 01-04-2006, 07:49 AM   #32  
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:53 PM   #33  
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I visited my in-laws for a couple of weeks over the Christmas vacation. They are using an old 19 or 20" CRT to watch their TV. Upgrading to a HD TV would be out of the question for them. If they had to, they could save up and get a $90 converter for their TV to convert digital to analog, however it would be a significant expense for them. They are paying for the Direct TV service, so I guess they would automatically get a conversion box from Direct TV when it was required.

The point of this post, though, is to point out that there are plenty of people, especially in small town USA, where money is tight, and they will not be happy when the government forces them to pay more money to get the same service that they have always gotten before. Elections are normally determined by less than 5% of the voters, so ticking off 16% of the population would be political suicide for a politician. If politicians did nothing to help that 16%, politicians would decide that it would be safer to do nothing. Let the market slowly switch from analog to digital over a period of 40 years. In that scenario, government would stay out of the switch, and wouldn't need to pay a cent for the conversion. I am certainly a supporter of a limited government that spends money on only the essential parts of society that the government was formed to do (defense, law enforcement, education, etc), however I am willing to make an exception for the digital conversion. The knowledge that the government will make money in the conversion makes it an easier pill to swallow as well.
You really should be aware of ALL the issue's involved before getting pissed at something that is not real. Do your homework.
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Old 01-04-2006, 06:43 PM   #34  
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You really should be aware of ALL the issue's involved before getting pissed at something that is not real. Do your homework.
Please enlighten me.
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:30 PM   #35  
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Please enlighten me.
Back in the BBS Days of the 80's they called me Enlightener.

The link I provided should go a long way... provided that you read it carefully.
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:35 PM   #36  
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My mom has a 19" analog tv on cable. We discussed the digital cutoff date some and she was worried UNTIL I mentioned that her cable box would still work with her existing television. She has no plans to replace this set.

This date is not going to "sneak up" on anyone - there will be a lot of discussion the closer we get to the cutoff date. A substantial percentage of the population get their programming through cable or Direct TV/Dish which will still work with the analog television sets.

Don't think this will be a big deal when it happens.
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:53 PM   #37  
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The statistics I've read place cable/sat penetration at around 87% of US households. Statistics also show about 100 million households with an average of 2.4 sets each.

That makes about 13 million households who rely on analog broadcasts.

While the turn off of analog broadcasting will be a non-event for me, I'm bound to guess that alot of people won't be happy about it.

Consider this.... Color TV entered the market in 1954. 9 years later and 5% of households had a color TV. 19 years later ( 1973) 55% of households had one. As recently as 1994 49% of households had at least 1 black and white TV.

Things move slowly. Not everyone has tons of money.
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You really should be aware of ALL the issue's involved before getting pissed at something that is not real. Do your homework.
Perhaps you should practice what you preach. Fryet's post indicates that he is far more in touch with the real world than you are.
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Old 01-05-2006, 03:50 PM   #39  
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Perhaps you should practice what you preach. Fryet's post indicates that he is far more in touch with the real world than you are.
Please explain. I did leave out details as I do not know where to find them. But, as far as I know W/O the benifit of prof, that no one will be with out a stb converter. If the poster had done some research he would discover as I had. Cable outfits will suppy STB's as will sat. providers. The remainder of those who do not have3 either will have the opp. to get a STB free. So, please: answer my question, regarding your post?
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Old 01-05-2006, 04:48 PM   #40  
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From my original post
"They are paying for the Direct TV service, so I guess they would automatically get a conversion box from Direct TV when it was required."

If you are going to slam me, at least take the time to read what I posted. (:
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