Why THE TELLY CHANGE?

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  1. Jim1999

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    Does anyone know why the regular telly is changing in the New Year to this stupid elongated screen view with all the heads cut off!

    I am ok cos I have a dish, but my little portables will be done!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Because TV sales were down and electronics companies needed a reason to sell more? ;)

    Don't you know that new is always better? :D
     
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    Who cares. TV is a box of trash programing any way you look at it.
     
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    And it's rapidly getting worse. Because of all the profanity, I'm thinking about canceling my Satellite dish service and throwing my TV in the trash. I could pay some bills with the money I'm wasting on all the filth that is on the TV.

    I recently lost what I thought was a friend, because I told him not to send me e-mails with profanity in them. He said I was sticking my head in the sand and was putting myself in the place of God because of my dislike for profanity.
     
  5. ray Marshall

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    Don't sweat it, you made the right choice.
     
  6. Debby in Philly

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    Do you mean DTV?

    In February the USA is going all digital, on a different frequency band. It's to make room for cell phones and wi-fi.
     
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    Is that why? good grief.
     
  8. Jim1999

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    Thank you Debby.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Debby's right. More here, Jim ...

    "Congress mandated the conversion to all-digital television broadcasting, also known as the digital television (DTV) transition, because all-digital broadcasting will free up frequencies for public safety communications (such as police, fire, and emergency rescue). Also, digital is a more efficient transmission technology that allows broadcast stations to offer improved picture and sound quality, as well as offer more programming options for consumers through multiple broadcast streams (multicasting). In addition, some of the freed up frequencies will be used for advanced commercial wireless services for consumers."
     
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    I think the REAL reason is so they can charge us more money for yet another piece of technology. Everybody with an older tv has to get a converter box, and they aren't cheap. There are some coupons available for $40 off, though.
     
  11. Jim1999

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    ABC, I rather agree with you.

    I resolved my problem and ran another wire off my dish receiver and connected it to my older telly. All works fine and I even get access to all the channels. I think the wire cost $18.00 complete with connectors.

    Better picture, they say, when the cut off heads!!!! If it happens to have sub-titles at bottom along with the stations logo, their ain't (can I use that non-word) much picture left on the small tellies.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Public TV will be great on the new screen. All those great BBC programs that were orginally filmed in high def.
     
  13. Jim1999

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    Yea,,they fit in with Brit doorways. SO low one must be sure to duck when passing through them.

    Many a banged noggin for those not familiar with them!:BangHead:

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    I figure they changed so we would need cable or a dish. The reception with digital is pitiful. I lost several channels when I hooked up the digital converter box. The channel that I used to get the best now has problems.

    I even lost the best of two PBS channels.
     
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    Interesting. I didn't know that. It's the same where we are. The outhouses are extremely difficult to get into when you are as tall as dh and me---it's like doing the limbo. HA!
     
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    In a word:

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    Actually, this move to all-digital has been mandated, in the US, by Congress, to take place in mid-February, when all stations will be broadcasting a digital signal, as opposed to the current 'analog' signal. The purported reason, as PJ quoted, is to "free-up frequencies for public safety communications." (Personally, I have yet to hear anyone locally, in 'public safety' make any reference to this supposed need, but perhaps that is because I live in a mostly rural area, although I do happen to be very close to several in the field of public safety.)

    However, I strongly suspect that the real reason is found at the end of that quote by PJ, namely that of -
    IMO, that translates into a wad of the

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    for those in that field, plus makes us who are 'out here in the sticks,' have to either purchase a converter box (hopefully, the cheapest 'out' which we will take, considering we have a perfectly acceptable working TV, which happens to be 'cable compatible' but is not digital compatible), employ some sort of dish technology, or get on cable (none is available where we now live). Or buy a new fangled TV, or do without, which option is a virtual impossibility, considering the love of my bride for football. (The fact that MNF is now only on ESPN already has her wanting to get a dish, as it is.) :laugh:

    Ed
     
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    Now that there will tickle your funny bone now matter how stiff you are. :laugh:
     
  18. Jim1999

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    "For every new law that is created, you will live long enough to regret." one of my old professors in university.

    I have lived long enough to regret quite a few, and this is one of them.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     

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