First Digital TV test is Wednesday

First Digital TV test is Wednesday

There are 59 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Dec 16, 2008, titled First Digital TV test is Wednesday. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A TV set installed with a digital converter box, left, produced a superior image when compared to the analog version of the same channel.

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Southern Man

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Dec 16, 2008
I heard that if you are using a satellite provider, such as Dish Network or DirecTV, you may also see the red picture, however, you will not need to take any action. Is this true?

Zeeland, MI

#2 Dec 16, 2008
a long ways to go!! we have a dish receiver that is digital and we pull in channel 13's digital channels just fine most of the time,but channel 8 doesn't hardly ever come in!sure hope they can work out the bugs cuz so far i'm not impressed at all.we live just north of kent city,and i believe that should be close enough,i think they just don't have it right yet.

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Dec 16, 2008
Those are 2 different televisions. I would imagine if I parked an old escort next to a newer grand am, one would look better. Whoever is the online editor needs to be fired.

“The state with the other UofM.”

Since: Sep 08

Boston, MA

#4 Dec 16, 2008
If you are watching DirectVT or Dish Networks, it's a closed system. You won't need to change anything, because the satellite receiver converts the satellite broadcast signal to something usable by your television already. Just like cable subscribers are immune to this change as well.

If you are old-school, don't have a cable or satellite connection, and rabbit ears are the way you live your life, then you need a digital converter box. Fortunately, most rabbit ears can be used as the antenna source for your converter box. Just run the output from the rabbit ears (if they have a coax out) into the digital converter box, then run that into the back of your TV.

Easy stuff....


Since: Nov 08

Whitehall, MI

#5 Dec 16, 2008
I will be so glad when this crap is over with. I'm sick to death of hearing about it and seeing it every two seconds interrupting shows.

Since: Oct 08

United States

#6 Dec 16, 2008
Did anyone else notice that they clip on the tv was from the Montel show? haha I wonder if he was the dad!

Syracuse, NY

#7 Dec 16, 2008
It's pretty sad that we can't even get WoodTV Digital HD 7 or 8 in Muskegon county! We can watch analog channel 8 just fine. I just hope WoodTV will boost their POWER! We really don't want to watch channel 46 low power station since they don't broadcast at 1080i. The picture looks very grainy watching any analog channel. If we can't get Woodtv from GR in HD, we are hoping TV7 from Traverse City will broadcast in 1080i. We will have to wait and see what will happen after the shutdown. Let's just hope the FCC will let all TV stations double their power output and that will solve all of their problems!

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Dec 16, 2008
It's about time, was it neccesary to tell us about the conversion for so long? Apparently we must be idiot's not to realize this after the first week of alerts.
Tired of it

Bend, OR

#10 Dec 17, 2008
I'm so sick of hearing about it also! It's not that hard people. Every time I turn around it's scrolling on the bottom of the TV.

Belleville, MI

#11 Dec 17, 2008
WHY does the stupid TV stations need to transition to digital signals of all things?!?!?!?!?!

Troy, MI

#12 Dec 17, 2008
What's really dumb is that when there is a crawling thing on the bottom of the TV screen, you think that it is an accident or breaking news, then you find out that it is actually something stupid that says: "Ready for the switch to digital signals on February 17,2009?"

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08


#13 Dec 17, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
WHY does the stupid TV stations need to transition to digital signals of all things?!?!?!?!?!
To make people like Bruce in Whitehall happy. His large screen tv needs HD to have a good picture. However, there is a price to pay for the digital signal. Often, with the analog signal, you could watch a channel that was marginal reception, just put up with a little snow in the picture. With digital, you will NOT recieve the same channel! With digital it's all or nothing.

Bruce in Whirehall, you might have to upgrade your antenna installation. Put up a better antenna and/or put it up higher. And maybe add a preamp up by the antenna.

Cheboygan, MI

#14 Dec 17, 2008
only 62 more days!!!!! How dumb is this crap????

Caledonia, MI

#15 Dec 17, 2008
That test is so fake. My analog picture was never that bad on any tv. In fact there is no difference in a properly set up analog tv.

Kalamazoo, MI

#16 Dec 17, 2008
I better help my 85 year old aunt with this. She still has a dial phone. geez

Since: Nov 08

Northern Illinois

#17 Dec 17, 2008
wow wrote:
Those are 2 different televisions. I would imagine if I parked an old escort next to a newer grand am, one would look better. Whoever is the online editor needs to be fired.
But if you parked an old grand am next to an old escort, they would both look crappy... like both of those televisions. They are comparing rotten apples to rotten apples.

United States

#18 Dec 17, 2008
Amazing how much time, effort, and energy goes into something as trite as television.

I wonder what the results would be if they advertised the need for donations for the homeless as regularly as they do the switchover to precious digital TV. TV sucks. If mine doesn't "pass the almighty test" I might just set it on the curb. It only reminds you of what you should have/should be from a fake Hollywood perspective, anyway.

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#19 Dec 17, 2008
Do we have to study for this test?

“I dont want to be like her!”

Since: Jun 08

Hopkins Michigan

#20 Dec 17, 2008
I bought one of though converter boxes and yes it gives me more channels to watch but, let me tell ya if the wind blows or its snowing to hard the picture goes away and a no signal comes up or the picture does all this wierd dots and peoples faces go one way. I dont like it at all.

Ada, MI

#21 Dec 17, 2008
They sure do thing we are dumb, I am so tired of hearing this crap and seeing scroll at the bottom of my set. I do like the converter at my travel trailer, I can get more channels when I am camping. That is the only good thing I can see about going digital, of course networks like that because they can sell more advertising time.

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