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Old 01-16-2008, 01:12 PM   #11
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Cable and Satellite customers will NOT be affected. Broadcast (antenna) only.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:15 PM   #12
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I'm with Darrel!!

DTV affects over the air broadcasts only. If you have cable, satellite, or Fios TV then you have nothing to worry about; at least until they drop the format.

BTW - the goverment is giving away coupons for discounted or free dtv converter boxes, max 2 per household

get them here: https://www.dtv2009.gov/
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Sounds like the local channels will just stop broadcasting in signals that can picked up through the airwaves.

Kinda surprising that they're doing that since they have no real gain by forcing people to go to a provider.
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Your local stations have probably been simulcasting in digital for some time.

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx will let you know what stations are in range and what antenna type you will need to pull them in.

I do suggest you contact your local stations to see which channel they will be broacdcasting DTV on once they drop analog before you settle on an Antenna.
All my locals DTV will stay on UHF and be dropping their VHF channels.
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It'* all about using a newer better technology. I think it'* the FCC or whatever mandating the change. Like cell phones that went all digital.
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All seems overly confusing to me.

I'm just stick with cable until THAT signal no longer works. Then, I'll come up with different means. Who knows, I probably won't watch TV anymore if I can watch programs via my PC.
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Thank you for the link! I'm going to apply for the coupons. I got rid of cable about 5 years ago and only have the antenae. I have noticed that the UHF channels changed from # 29 - 49 to #80-#105 in my area just last month. My TV is probably 10 yrs old. The one iin my son'* room iis <gulp> 21 years old! But it works GREAT!
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Quote:
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Cable and Satellite customers will NOT be affected. Broadcast (antenna) only.

Well, that'* what I get for being the last person on the planet that does NOT have cable or satellite TV. Looking from my knothole in the fence all I know is what I have experience with - pullin' free stuff out of the air. And for that you need a tuner. I (wrongfully) assumed cable would be latest technology (digital). I've had my foot in my mouth so much lately, I'm starting to like the taste of shoe leather.

Resident tightwad, checking out.
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My parents' rely on an antenna. They recently got an external digital tuner and found they get about 4 times as many channels as before.
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I wish they would all just go to hi-def broadcast vs low-def in digital format.


I get 12 regular def channels (in digital) but only 1 true widescreen high-def channel with my antenna....
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