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QOTD: Were You Prepared for the Switch to DTV?

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TV is so important, how could anyone forget?

It’s been a long, delayed road to the switchover in the U.S. from analog TV broadcasts to all-digital. Today marks the day that the analog frequencies are freed from carrying TV, which means that unless you took the proper steps to ensure that all your hardware was up to snuff, you’re not getting anything on the boob tube.

For a recap of our coverage leading up to today, check out the links below:

We expect that most of you were ready for DTV, but the question of the day is:

Wwere there any of you (or people that you knew) who weren’t prepared for it? Or even better, do you know anyone completely taken by surprise on the sudden cutoff of analog signals?

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    p05esto , June 13, 2009 12:25 AM
    Sure, I wish 5 years ago. I just wish the govenment didn't spend my tax dollars to give out coupons to others. Since when is TV an essential survival tool that the government needs to hand out to people? WTF. No wonder the economy is crap, our lawmakers don't have a clue and spend money on the dumbest things.
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    tayb , June 13, 2009 1:04 AM
    There are legitimate good reasons for switching to digital... but the market should have decided when that time was to come, not the government. We spent what $25 billion making this switch when we could have just waited about five more years and the market would have switched on its own, for free. Government can't do anything right.
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2009 12:04 AM
    oh very much so. I have been running dtv/ota hd for about three years now get stations 2-13 just fine. I can see the empire state building from my kitchen window just across the river. so all is good in dtv land
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    LATTEH , June 13, 2009 12:23 AM
    i was but i didn't see a difference in my TV quality...
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    IronRyan21 , June 13, 2009 12:24 AM
    What switch?
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    p05esto , June 13, 2009 12:25 AM
    Sure, I wish 5 years ago. I just wish the govenment didn't spend my tax dollars to give out coupons to others. Since when is TV an essential survival tool that the government needs to hand out to people? WTF. No wonder the economy is crap, our lawmakers don't have a clue and spend money on the dumbest things.
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    fuser , June 13, 2009 12:37 AM
    I don't even remember the last time I watched broadcast television. It has been > 15 years.
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    gosefroba , June 13, 2009 12:40 AM
    is this one of those jokes threads you guys were talking about last week?
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    fuser , June 13, 2009 12:48 AM
    There are lots of reasons for switching from analog to digital broadcast. The government can sell the freed up broadcast spectrum, digit broadcast allows for higher quality picture and sound, broadcasters can multicast several programs instead of one, ...
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    tayb , June 13, 2009 1:04 AM
    There are legitimate good reasons for switching to digital... but the market should have decided when that time was to come, not the government. We spent what $25 billion making this switch when we could have just waited about five more years and the market would have switched on its own, for free. Government can't do anything right.
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    computabug , June 13, 2009 1:10 AM
    I was still a little baby when they switched over (ok maybe not baby, but I was in elementary school) so it was such as smooth transaction (for my home) that I didn't notice it. Heck, I didn't even know 1% of the tech stuff I know today back then lol. I thought a computer was completely cramped on the inside, and the case/circuits were one part. Gosh, I was reaaaaally stupid back in the days :lol:  but I'll always be ready for technology transactions now that I spend like 2 hours reading tech sites daily :D 
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    Regected , June 13, 2009 1:19 AM
    I chose not to switch to digital until the price of the converter boxes comes down to a reasonable price. I refuse to spend government money on an over priced box of parts since it is my neighbor's money that the government took to give to me. Screw that. The converter boxes should only be about $20, not the $60-80 they have been running.

    Till prices come down, hulu and redbox for me. In all honesty, I don't miss it. I stopped watching mainstream news after 9/11 was crammed down my throat for stuff that had nothing to do with it.
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    baddad , June 13, 2009 1:29 AM
    Years ago!
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    leafblower29 , June 13, 2009 1:42 AM
    Years ago.
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    belardo , June 13, 2009 1:56 AM
    BTW... what people are seeing... perhaps for days or weeks, is a roll-over video that says "no longer broadcasting" with people telling you that DTV is only available and you need a converter box or configure it.

    At least its not fuzz. The boxes are $30~40 at Walmart. Anyone can buy them or if they are "broke" get the coupon.
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    ravenware , June 13, 2009 2:02 AM
    Gee what are they going to with all of the extra UHF/VHF bandwidth?
    Have they sold it all? How much of it remains in the hands of Federal Government and for what purpose?
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    afrobacon , June 13, 2009 2:11 AM
    The only TV I really watch is Hulu so I'd have to say yes...
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    jerreece , June 13, 2009 2:15 AM
    This conversion should have happened YEARS ago. This has been delayed WAY more than the 4 or 6 months everyone is talking about. They were talking about this conversion at the end of the 1990's and early 2000's.

    Now if only my local broadcasters could figure out what "HDTV" means. I'm tired of watching CBS in HD some nights, and not in HD other nights (even when watching the same TV show).
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    tf2addict , June 13, 2009 3:04 AM
    i have time warner analog, it sucks. and i dont use brodcast in my house, its too unreliable.
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    cruiseoveride , June 13, 2009 3:24 AM
    What is TV?
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    mcbowler , June 13, 2009 3:34 AM
    Yay, government spend 25 Billion on something that is going to die anyway... broadcast television. Only positive part of the digital transition is ability to put more channels on broadcast TV due to more efficient use of bandwidth, or someday be able to give some of that TV bandwidth to wireless devices.
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