DTV Transition: Problems Starting to Appear


The time for analog television is quickly fading away and come Feburary 18th, will be gone altogether.

And suprise, suprise, the digital replacement may not be the be-all, end-all the FCC hopes it will be.

The LA Times reports on something we've been saying for a while now: even with a new box to convert the digital signal for your television, you may not be able to receive many channels.

Or any, depending on where you live.


"The picture is becoming clear that there is more cost to consumers because of this transition than originally anticipated," said Joel Kelsey, a policy analyst with Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports.


The problem lies in the fact that the digital signal doesn't travel long distances as well as the old analog signal, which means that if you live in the fringe areas of the television signal, or in remote mountain locations, you might not get the digital signal at all.

Neilsen research shows that over 25% of all television-watching households in the Southern California area have at least one TV that picks up signals using rabbit ears antennas. Nationwide, that number is nearly 1 in 10.

The thing they are not telling you is that if you live on the fringe signal area, you are pretty-much hosed. You will need to purchase additional equipment in addition to the converter box.

More news on this issue will be popping up in the months to come. As we hear about it, we'll post it here.


As always, stay tuned.

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