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#149710 - 09/20/08 06:58 PM Digital TV
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One of our local stations did a 'test' for the citizens....they 'stopped' broadcasting in analog...so that the people could see if their TV was 'digital' ready. When they did it, the audio remained on.

The question I have is.....Did they just stop the video portion? I ask because I was wondering if once they 'stop' analog broadcasting, is it possible to still receive the audio.....or will those radios that have TV bands also be worthless? I don't have any of the radios but was just curious.

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#149735 - 09/20/08 11:27 PM Re: Digital TV [Re: ]
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HDTV broadcasts on a UHF frequency. Chances are that you will be able to pick up over the air broadcasts on the channels new frequency. If you don't know what your local stations new frequencies are you can call the station and ask them.

Sometime in the near future the VHF channels (2-13) will quit broadcasting in their entirety and the channels will revert back to the FCC. What they are going to do with the frequencies then I don't know.

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#149741 - 09/21/08 12:07 AM Re: Digital TV [Re: ChadHahn]
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Originally Posted By: ChadHahn
HDTV broadcasts on a UHF frequency. Chances are that you will be able to pick up over the air broadcasts on the channels new frequency. If you don't know what your local stations new frequencies are you can call the station and ask them.

Chad



I think would only be true if your UHF radio also had a digital decoder of some sort.
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#149765 - 09/21/08 02:38 PM Re: Digital TV [Re: Yuccahead]
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Trust me, they didn't actually turn off their transmitters - restarting them is "non trivial" - what they did was broadcast raster or blank (depending - the stuff that looks like static is called raster) on the analog transmitter, but kept the audio on
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#149766 - 09/21/08 04:06 PM Re: Digital TV [Re: ChadHahn]
clarktx Offline
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Originally Posted By: ChadHahn
Sometime in the near future the VHF channels (2-13) will quit broadcasting in their entirety and the channels will revert back to the FCC. What they are going to do with the frequencies then I don't know.


The FCC has already auctioned them off. Its for future wireless telecommunications services.

Additional info.


Edited by clarktx (09/21/08 04:10 PM)
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#149786 - 09/21/08 09:46 PM Re: Digital TV [Re: clarktx]
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I am soooooo sick of this information campaign. This may make me unpopular but I don't think the gov't should be subsidizing this turnover. If someone hasn't bought a new tv in the last 10-15 years that is digital ready or have a cable converter, its not the taxpayers responsibility to fund a tv for them.
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#149787 - 09/21/08 09:49 PM Re: Digital TV [Re: clarktx]
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I am soooooo sick of this information campaign. This may make me unpopular but I don't think the gov't should be subsidizing this turnover. If someone hasn't bought a new tv in the last 10-15 years that is digital ready or have a cable converter, its not the taxpayers responsibility to fund a tv for them.
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#149788 - 09/21/08 09:50 PM Re: Digital TV [Re: clarktx]
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I am soooooo sick of this information campaign. This may make me unpopular but I don't think the gov't should be subsidizing this turnover. If someone hasn't bought a new tv in the last 10-15 years that is digital ready or have a cable converter, its not the taxpayers responsibility to fund a tv for them.
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#149801 - 09/22/08 12:51 AM Re: Digital TV [Re: comms]
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And all the TV and Radio broadcasters should combine their efforts and broadcast a contempory version of the 1938 radio HG Wells classic 'A War of the Worlds' on the day of the digital switch over. laugh




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#149816 - 09/22/08 03:26 AM Re: Digital TV [Re: comms]
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Registered: 03/08/03
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Loc: East Tennessee near Bristol
I'd agree except that digital ready sets weren't available (and advertised as such) until a year or two ago. One of the big chain stores got in trouble late last year or this year for selling non-digital sets after the date that all were supposed to be digital ready.

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