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I HATE Digital TV!



May 13th, 2010 11:11 am | by Ed |

What could prompt me to make such a statement? Am I a technology hating luddite? No, I'm just one of the many people that lost out when tv broadcasting made the switch to digital only signals.

Back in the days of analog signals I was at the edge of the broadcast radius for the only tv station for well over 150 miles. The signal was often poor but it was at least usable.

When the switch to digital tv finally happened, I found that I am, without having moved, now some 20 to 30 miles outside of that same tv station's broadcast radius. Apparently some alleged person decided that digital tv signals should be about half of the power of the old analog signals. Digital tv is also broadcast on higher frequencies which bring line of sight issues into the question of being able to receive them.

"Get cable" you say? "Get satellite tv" you suggest? No thanks. 1, I only watch tv for news and up to the minute weather information. 2, cable and satellite tv companies will NOT sell you a package with only ONE channel in it. 3, I couldn't afford it even if they did offer single station packages.

Progress is inevitable and there is plenty of good reason for switching to all digital tv signals. The problem is that there are a lot of people like me that got shafted in the process.

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2 Comments

  1. Andrew on 13.05.2010 at 17:36 (Reply)


    “I only watch tv for news and up to the minute weather information.”

    Don’t we have the Internet for that now?

    1. Ed on 13.05.2010 at 20:52 (Reply)


      It’s true that the Internet is a huge source of information on a national or global scale. However when you live in a rural area as I do, frequently the single best source of local news and up to the minute local weather information is the local television station. What complicates matters in this case is that there is only ONE such station in a 150 mile radius (to be honest, it’s probably closer to 200 miles). That station has some of the best weather coverage that I have seen in my 50 years. Too bad that the switch to digital moved the signal radius 20 miles or more closer to the station (and farther away from me!)

      Internet only news & weather usually work fine . . . IF you live in or close to a larger city. When you live in a rural area where the nearest city of significant size is a four hour drive away, the situation changes drastically.

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