Old Antennas Cause Complaints In Digital TV Test

Wilmington's commercial broadcasters turned off their analog signals at noon Monday. The rest of the nation's full-power television stations won't be converting until Feb. 17, 2009, a date set by Congress.

Connie Book, associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University says it's clear that an ambitious public education campaign had paid off. Of the 172 calls that came in, she says only a few were from people who were unaware of the transition.

Viewers who receive programming through an antenna and do not own newer-model digital TV sets by the time of the changeover must buy a converter box. The government is providing two $40 coupons per household to help defray the cost. Viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite won't be affected.


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  • by james davenport Location: bell arthur n.c. on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    I have the converter box and with turning my rabbit ears just right I'm getting 25 channels and sometimes more if I'm lucky
  • by Joe Location: Kinston on Sep 10, 2008 at 11:56 AM
    Well the converter box's are not up to the standards they profess to be case in point the volume has to be up as high as you can get it on your tv and if you are having bad weather forget the signal.if you are depending on a weather report in a bad storm you are out of luck. bet they didn't tell you that when they came up with this bright Idea.
  • by Jamie Location: Washington on Sep 10, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Alot of people who use old fashion rabbit ears will have problems with digital signals. Ive tested them and they just want pull in the signal, unless you are within about 10-15 miles of the transmitter. But the digital conversion is good, more channel choices, better picture and sound. The downside to the conversion is the senior citizens or the ones that are not capable of hooking up the convertors or even changing out there old antennas that are in bad shape.
  • by Annoyed in Adyen Location: Ayden on Sep 10, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    I only know my signal is disrupted every time the wind blows. Why isn't the "government" looking into THAT!!!
  • by Responding on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    Educated, did you not hear about the FCC auction of the 700Mhz spectrum (analog tv airwaves). The government made over 18 billion dollars off it. If all 22.25 million converter box coupons are cashed in the cost is still less then $100 million.
  • by tim Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    I guess my small tv or the radio with tv band that I have for emergency use will no longer be any good. Just more items that have to be disposed of some how.
  • by Educated Location: Washington on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    It seems to me that the government is spending money, not making money in this venture. There is a government program that allows consumers to receive $40 coupons for the purchase of digital converter boxes. Also, this has no effect on cable companies at all. This conversion is only for over the air tv - meaning television that is broadcast over the air and received via antenna. Analog broadcasts require a much larger amount of bandwidth to transfer the same amount of information as a digital broadcast.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, N. C. on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    Just another avenue for the government and cable companies to make money
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