Who has made a switch from ...

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Who made the switch?

  1. I'm with digital, flat screen TV

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    45.0%
  2. I'm still using my old TV

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    55.0%
  3. I used a government coupon to upgrade

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  4. What's TV

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  1. Deacon

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    Who has made a switch from old analog, over-the-air TV to digital TV?

    Rob
     
  2. BigBossman

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    I don't see why a law was passed saying that all TV stations have to do away with analog broadcasting. My brother has a digital box for his TV & I don't see what's so spectacular about it. You might pick up a few extra channels, but big deal. The reception to me isn't any better either. You don't ever get a snowy reception, but when a signal goes bad, you see digital distortion & the sound goes in & out. I prefer the snowy reception & the staticy sound.

    I'm sticking with my TV. If my cable provider says I have to get a digital box before watching their stuff, then I'll just do without. I'll make my technological advances when the technology becomes much cheaper & probably when they come out with something newer than what they have now.
     
  3. donnA

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    We haven't used over the air in nearly 20 years, we could only get 1 channel, and sometimes half of another. when we moved to town we got cable, couldn't get even that 1 channel in town, we switched to digital about 5 years ago, new company, better prices.
     
  4. annsni

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    The reason for the switch was not for better reception but to free up the airwaves for all of the other technology that needs it today. In addition to the digital TV switch, we've lost some of the wireless microphone frequencies we use and we need to get new sets. So it doesn't just affect the TV.

    We were using an antenna in our bedroom up until a few months ago and we had cable for our den TV. We only have those two TVs and we pretty much only use the bedroom TV to watch the news as we're getting ready for bed but knowing the switch was coming, and knowing we were spending $100 a month on cable/internet and if we added in our phone (which we were paying $60 for through Verizon), we wouldn't be paying any more. So we did the switch to the "triple play" and decided to wire in the bedroom TV too. We had recently purchased a new TV for the bedroom since the old one (our original TV and was from before DH and I got married 24 years ago!) and we got a great deal on a flat screen. Our den TV is still the old one we bought a bunch of years ago and we're not switching until it's dead. We're not huge techno-geeks.
     
  5. donnA

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    wow, you pay $100. for cable and internet, I pay $35 for cable and $15 for dsl, with the same company as my phone for a total of about $95 month for all 3.
     
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    I still use my old TV. I still use rabbit ears, but switched to a digital converter box. I plan to get a digital antennae and see if I can improve my reception. The reception is pretty good as is, but if the weather is bad or if the wind is blowing or if a helicopter flies over the picture and sound suffer sporadic freezing. Comcast has a one-year deal for cable right now for $29.99 per month, but I have a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old and I hate to expose them to TV. I watch races on Sundays and have to remember to change the channel during commercials because the content is often too intense (like during movie ads) and scares the boys. So, I plan to stick with the rabbit ears and little TV watching.
     
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    Ours is $30 a month for each one when you get all 3 but we just had the two and it was still $100 (we need the super high speed for DH who still does some programming for a company in Switzerland). It made a ton of sense to put the phone on there too but I was hesitating since we will lose our phone if we lose our power. But now with cell phones, it's not so much a worry anymore. So now we pay $110 (we pay the extra $10 a month to have the DVR) for all 3 services and we're pretty happy.
     
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    I got the coupon and bought the box.

    I got 2 extra channels that have 24 hour weather.
    I lost several channels. I get poor reception on the channels that I can get.
    The only advantage is that I can get PBS channel 58.3 .

    I wonder if it is an attempt to get everyone to pay for cable or a dish.
     
  9. Jon-Marc

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    My TV is about 7 years old and will suffice until it no longer works. Besides, most of what is on the TV is re-runs and boring. I see very little of anything new that is worth watching.

    Plus, the profanity on TV is steadily increasing and getting more and more vulgar. God's name is being used (not in a good way) and not being blotted out. The SOB phrase is being used a lot more. The "f" word is being used, and while it is being blotted out, it's always obvious what they're saying--especially since they don't seem to blot out all of that vulgar word.
     
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    I have cable tv.
     
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    We are doing both actually.

    We replaced the living room tv because we received an inheritance of sorts (whole drama about that) and that was about a year ago. I have to say, drama or not, I like being able to lift the new one. I can't even help lift the old one anymore because it is sooo heavy. It is now being used for video games, lol.

    We replaced the boys tv because we thought theirs was losing its color tube. Come to find out it was the satelite box that was at fault, but again, I like the ability to move the new one around easily.

    The rest of the tv's (we are electronic junkies no doubt) are still old models that we've had for years. The older we all get, the less we find ourselves actually watching tv. More likely they are used for videos or games. I'm doubting that we will replace them any time soon and certainly not because they don't recieve over the air signals.
     
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    We got the coupon. {Applied for 2, received 1, due to a computer glitch I'm sure.}

    Getting a few more channels is good. The Signal is a nice clear pic and sound, until as mentioned before any kind of interference occurs. Then it is awful. Preferred the analog snow to the total loss of sound and pixilated picture. At least with snow you don't loose dialog and story line, the big play, or an important news blurb.

    One of the Big 3 {ABC affiliate channel 5} still is dual-broadcasting, as their digital signal can't be picked up in the south metro, due to some kind of interference from a station in Lawton, OK. [About 80 miles away.] Hopefully that will go away with the full switch-over.
     
  13. Marcia

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    I rent and a TV with cable is included (the cable is part of the household). If I lived in a place with my own TV, I would probably not have cable and I'm not sure what I would do about this change.
     

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