When you gotta watch digital television on the go............

By: Michael Riddle
By: Michael Riddle

A viewer is worried that his battery operated tv will stop working next year...... and he's right to be worried......

Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty says that this been one “Stormy Spring” in eastern North Carolina.

A viewer had severe weather in mind when asking about digital television saying, “What happens to us that use our battery operated TV during bad weather when we lose power?”

That will be a problem.

Right after Hurricane Hugo hit coastal South Carolina I bought my folks a special radio that tunes in television sound for their safety. I have a small battery operated television that I use myself.

When WITN goes “Digital Only” on February 18th, these portable receivers will stop working.

I wish I could tell you there’s a simple solution, but right now we don’t have one.

I read that a big box electronic retailer has a portable Digital TV, but reviewers said that it didn’t work very well.

Then I found Digital LCD TV’s on the internet at www.lcddigital.tv. However,  these are rather expensive with the lowest price model costing $250.

WITN-TV account executive Ashley Stephenson showed me a great idea…. Plug the small Pinnacle PCTV HD pro stick USB device into your laptop computer, hook up an antenna, and you’re watching digital TV on your computer! I should point out that it helps to have a fast processor and a decent video display card and monitor to truly enjoy the experience!

Keep the laptop battery charged and you’re good for a couple of hours.

I suspect that when all of the existing portable TV’s stop working there’s going to be a demand for new digital models.

Remember when a brand new DVD player cost almost $500?

Now a basic DVD player costs less than a tank of gas!

Hopefully in another year, we’ll be saying the same thing about battery operated Digital TV’s.

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