While most people have hailed this new age of digital only television, I see it as a step backwards about 60 years or so into the middle of the 20th century. Why? Because while digital tv means lots more content and channels for most people, for me it means an end to broadcast television.
You see, I live in a mostly wooded, hills type area around 75 to 80 miles from the nearest tv station. I once was able to get a passable (though far from perfect) signal from this station. It made it possible to get current local weather updates, especially in storms, that are simply not available online in the level of local detail that I’m used to.
This morning I saw something on sale that ought to at least help. It’s a Thermor BIOS Home Weather Station that, while it doesn’t have doppler radar, it does provide a lot of information that will make up for some of what the digital television age has taken from me.
Living in Northeast Arkansas like I do, having current weather information is pretty important, especially in Tornado season. (generally from February to Late August for the highest probability for the worst storms, though they can happen at ANY time of year!). Until this “big switch”, I was able to count on KAIT (local channel 8 .) in Jonesboro for that information. They have a fairly decent weather staff and would interrupt regular programming for weather updates without hesitation. If a storm got bad enough, they’d drop regular programming (and commercials!) completely and go full time weather coverage until the situation was over.
It’s only been a month or so since the switchover and I already miss that weather coverage. I blame the FCC and Congress for not allowing digital tv to have enough power to reach the same places that the old analog signals did. Another FINE example of how things like this should be dealt with by techs that know WTF they’re talking about instead of politicians and bureaucrats that wouldn’t know a clue if you painted it on their forehead!
Oh, and for those who suggest that I get satellite or cable television… The answer to that is not only “No”, but “Hell No!”. I firmly believe that broadcast television should be free and I REFUSE to pay a monthly fee for something that should be free.
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