Linked by weildish on Tue 6th Jan 2009 17:28 UTC
Editorial If you live in the United States, then it's almost certain you've heard about this big digital switch that public television is making due to a new US law. If you live outside of the US, I bet you've heard of it anyway since we like to let people know what we're up to. The big day that's coming up -- February 17th, 2009 -- that magical date when all television stations will historically abandon the infamous analog broadcasting for greener, digital pastures -- didn't strike fear into the hearts at my household. We rarely utilize the antenna, and then only two to four times a year for a special program. Nonetheless, we got our hands on one of those nifty coupons anyway and went out to purchase a digital converter for the sake of those few intrinsic public broadcats. Read on for the whole story.
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Some cable companies will go all digital, but it has little to do with the digital switch, and more to do with saving money or getting more of the consumer's.

For example, Verizon is turning off analog cable. They even sell a small DCT-700 box, which will get the unencrypted cable channels, but not the over-the-air signal.

To boot, the-over-the air boxes don't work with QAM.

The ONLY people who need the government sponsored boxes are those who use an antenna.


There is very real confusion, even among those that work in the cable industry, at least doing tech support. I know a bright guy who got it wrong, and I was told that the digital switch meant no more analog cable by a knowledgeable Verizon veteran. I don't think it was a lie, just a misunderstanding. I had to look over the FCC website just to make sure I was right.

weildish, are you a boingboinger ? British ?


Edited 2009-01-07 07:28 UTC

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