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Digital Or Dark

by Lady D (writer), Perris, Ca, January 29, 2008

Is your television ready for digital?

February 18, 2009 is the deadline to convert to digital television. What are you talking about, I never asked for digital? Well that is a little complicated for this article; (see www.ntia.doc.gov) however it is either go digital or go dark. And no, you don’t have to buy a new television.

Now if you have cable or satellite you have no problem, your service company will deal with the problem. Even if you have an older television  supposedly with digital the clarity is much better.

However  if you are like me and still only watch the free stuff 2-13 (well free had a good run) you will have to get a converter box or you will not be able to get a signal.

But why should you have to pay for something you didn’t ask…,(Analog is now reserved for Homeland Security, see article) well you don’t. Since it is the goverment that is doing this they have allotted over 85 million dollars to give every household two $40 vouchers (now when the money runs out your out of luck) so you can pay for the converters.

The converters should cost between $50-70 an should be widely available. I have looked online and only found one store that advertised one and it went for $69.99 before taxes.

Anyway the point being, get your vouchers now (before the money runs out) and worry where to find those yet elusive converters later.

I am not opposed to digital or cable or satellite, it is just that I don’t watch that much television or have the time. And buying a new flat screen is out of the question.

So you can apply on line, call, or print the application and mail. All application have to be submitted by March 31,2009.

However from what I have read, you better do it before the money runs out. Or some wise guys may figure a way to buy  them all and begin selling you “Free Vouchers”.

So here is all the information and yes I have already requested my vouchers.

Apply online: www.DTV2009.gov

Apply by phone: 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009)

Fax applications to: 1-877-DTV-4ME2

Mail applications to: P.O Box 2000, Portland, OR 97207

TTY: 1-877-530-2634 (English)

         1-866-495-1161 (Spanish)  

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MARCH 31, 2009.                                     

“Good Night and Good Luck”-  Edward R. Murrow



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3 comments on Digital Or Dark

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By Steven Lane on January 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm

No wonder the 300 pound used tv I bought a month ago was only $80

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By D. E. Carson on January 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Actually, the Congressional Joke (translation: law) that forces broadcast over to digital came about in the late 1980's or early 1990's before Bill "BJ in the Oval Office" Clinton became president.  The theory was to give the old TV broadcast section of the broadcast spectrum over to police and fire departments.  One upside to all of it is that if you keep your old analog TV, you will be able to use it as a police/fire scanner.  The downside is that Steven's $80, 300 pound TV will be rather difficult to stuff in your shirt pocket and schlep around in the car.

Frankly, police and fire don't really need the extra space on the broadcast spectrum.  There's more than enough space already.  They just didn't like that their radio sets had to comply with Part B of the FCC regulations that require them to "accept any interference that causes undesired operation".  We all know that our cell phones aren't really to blame because they also comply with Part B and do not "cause any interference".  So it has to be a power play by police to take control of a greater part of the spectrum so they can better control us naughty Americans.

(satire off)

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By Kornela88 on August 06, 2014 at 11:38 pm

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