Doug Lung /
10.21.2010 12:00AM
FCC Sets LPTV DTV Transition Comment Deadline

The FCC announced this week that comments on its proposal to complete the LPTV digital transition are due Dec. 17, 2010 and replay comments, Jan 18, 2011.

The Further Notice of Public Rulemaking (Public Notice DA 10-1996) proposes dates for shutting off analog LPTV broadcasting, interference analysis for applications and several other issues affecting all LPTV and translator stations. More details on it are available in RF Report article Proposed FCC LPTV, Translator Rules Extend Past Analog Shutdown .



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Posted by: Anonymous
Sat, 05-26-2012 - 2:17PM Report Comment
I'm one of those who do not have Cable or Satellite. This is not by choice but by need. Financially I can not aorffd cable and have other luxuries I like and living expenses. So this affects me personally.What really gets me is they make us go buy these boxes for the TVs that were made before this idea came out or buy a whole new TV altogether. They offer coupons if you ask to get a free converter box but the coupon is for 40 bucks and all the decent converter boxes are 50 bucks or more. The ones for 40 are programmed to NOT allow Canadian Digital signals, if you want Canadian Digital you gotta pay more, and since I watch a lot of canadian networks, I opted for the more expensive. So with 2 TVs in the house, that is 20+ bucks there. Of course to make them work you need better antennas than standard so I had to buy 2 new antennas, out of pocket and good antennas run 30-50 bucks. After hooking if up, I come to find that the quality of the picture is better, but only if you get the signal 100% efficiently. If it is not, the converter box blacks out the entire picture and negates sound. So its an all or nothing deal. Which means if its cloudy, its a crap shoot if you can watch Seinfeld. Before you might have to deal with a bit of fuzz but you could still hear it and behind a few lines of static you can watch the show. Not a bad deal for being free. However now that I shucked out over 100 bucks on the boxes and antennas, I expect there to be some serious improvement by February. Because as of right now, I do not get in all the channels in digital that I do in standard. And even some of the channels I get in digital black out every few seconds and aren't even worth watching. I hate this idea and its stupid. It is not improving television one bit.




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What Price Reliability?
Digitally delivered TV has seen a pile o’ fail lately.


 
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