Shift to digital is fuzzy

Shift to digital is fuzzy

There are 10 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jan 3, 2009, titled Shift to digital is fuzzy. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

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Ngan

Glendale, CA

#1 Jan 3, 2009
We tried the digital over the air and couldn't get a reception because of the mountains. luckily, we have dish so the change won't affect us. but i know what Steve is saying when he said it's all about the antenna location, not the converter.

I can see the cable and satellite companies raising prices because they know many people have to use them because they won't get a digital signal over the air.
Halkshaw

La Puente, CA

#2 Jan 3, 2009
I think this will be the end of big three networks. As they lose viewers the ad money will dry up resulting in them going broke. This will send chills through S. Ca. TV industry. Today their is more population in the out lying areas which do not receive a good signal they will get no signal they will lose millions of viewers in S. Ca. There is no way the cable company can hook every one that can afford it up. Just the numbers will out pase them.
Lee Mellinger

United States

#3 Jan 6, 2009
Your column “Digital Television Transition Continues” contained some errors. First, radio waves for analog and digital television work EXACTLY the same. Antennas for digital television are the same as for analog television. There is no “DTV antenna”. A single UHF antenna like the Channel Master CM 4221 or 4228 is all that is needed. Current reception is not indicative of what it will be like after the transition. The reason is that currently a number of stations digital channels are at the upper end of the UHF band. Besides giving up the low channels on VHF (2,3,4,5,6), all UHF channels 52 and above are being returned. The band will be upper VHF (7,8,9,10,11,12,13) and lower UHF (14-51). In addition, the current DTV transmitters will be pushed up to full power, many are not operating full power right now. Reception of the DTV signals on most now substandard channels will improve, some markedly.

The table below lists the LA stations channels for analog and digital before and after the cutover.

Ana. Digital
‘08 ’08 ‘09


KCBS CBS 2 60 43
KNBC NBC 4 36 36
KTLA CW 5 31 31
KABC ABC 7 53 7
KCAL ind. 9 43 9
KTTV FOX 11 65 11
KCOP MyN 13 66 13
KSCI ind. 18 61 18
KWHY ind. 22 42 42
KCET PBS 28 59 28
KPXN ion 30 38 38
KMEX uni 34 35 34
KTBN tbn 40 23 23
KXLA ind. 44 51 51
KFTR telef 46 29 29
KOCE PBS 50 48 48
KVEA telem 52 39 39
KAZA azt 54 47 47
KDOC ind. 56 32 32
KJLA latv 57 49 49
KLCS PBS 58 41 41
KRCA ind. 62 68 35
KVCR PBS 24 26 26
KVMD ind. 31 23 23
KBEH tres 63 24 24


I also think you are doing a great disservice to TV customers by suggesting that the cutover will be delayed a year. So far cutover tests locally and in New Jersey have gone very smoothly.
Lee Mellinger

United States

#4 Jan 6, 2009
Your column “Digital Television Transition Continues” contained some errors. First, radio waves for analog and digital television work EXACTLY the same. Antennas for digital television are the same as for analog television. There is no “DTV antenna”. A single UHF antenna like the Channel Master CM 4221 or 4228 is all that is needed. Current reception is not indicative of what it will be like after the transition. The reason is that currently a number of stations digital channels are at the upper end of the UHF band. Besides giving up the low channels on VHF (2,3,4,5,6), all UHF channels 52 and above are being returned. The band will be upper VHF (7,8,9,10,11,12,13) and lower UHF (14-51). In addition, the current DTV transmitters will be pushed up to full power, many are not operating full power right now. Reception of the DTV signals on most now substandard channels will improve, some markedly.

The table below lists the LA stations channels for analog and digital before and after the cutover.

Ana. Digital
‘08 ’08 ‘09


KCBS CBS 2 60 43
KNBC NBC 4 36 36
KTLA CW 5 31 31
KABC ABC 7 53 7
KCAL ind. 9 43 9
KTTV FOX 11 65 11
KCOP MyN 13 66 13
KSCI ind. 18 61 18
KWHY ind. 22 42 42
KCET PBS 28 59 28
KPXN ion 30 38 38
KMEX uni 34 35 34
KTBN tbn 40 23 23
KXLA ind. 44 51 51
KFTR telef 46 29 29
KOCE PBS 50 48 48
KVEA telem 52 39 39
KAZA azt 54 47 47
KDOC ind. 56 32 32
KJLA latv 57 49 49
KLCS PBS 58 41 41
KRCA ind. 62 68 35
KVCR PBS 24 26 26
KVMD ind. 31 23 23
KBEH tres 63 24 24


I also think you are doing a great disservice to TV customers by suggesting that the cutover will be delayed a year. So far cutover tests locally and in New Jersey have gone very smoothly.
Halkshaw

United States

#5 Jan 6, 2009
Lee Mellinger wrote:
Your column “Digital Television Transition Continues” contained some errors. First, radio waves for analog and digital television work EXACTLY the same. Antennas for digital television are the same as for analog television. There is no “DTV antenna”. A single UHF antenna like the Channel Master CM 4221 or 4228 is all that is needed. Current reception is not indicative of what it will be like after the transition. The reason is that currently a number of stations digital channels are at the upper end of the UHF band. Besides giving up the low channels on VHF (2,3,4,5,6), all UHF channels 52 and above are being returned. The band will be upper VHF (7,8,9,10,11,12,13) and lower UHF (14-51). In addition, the current DTV transmitters will be pushed up to full power, many are not operating full power right now. Reception of the DTV signals on most now substandard channels will improve, some markedly.
The table below lists the LA stations channels for analog and digital before and after the cutover.
Ana. Digital
‘08 ’08 ‘09
KCBS CBS 2 60 43
KNBC NBC 4 36 36
KTLA CW 5 31 31
KABC ABC 7 53 7
KCAL ind. 9 43 9
KTTV FOX 11 65 11
KCOP MyN 13 66 13
KSCI ind. 18 61 18
KWHY ind. 22 42 42
KCET PBS 28 59 28
KPXN ion 30 38 38
KMEX uni 34 35 34
KTBN tbn 40 23 23
KXLA ind. 44 51 51
KFTR telef 46 29 29
KOCE PBS 50 48 48
KVEA telem 52 39 39
KAZA azt 54 47 47
KDOC ind. 56 32 32
KJLA latv 57 49 49
KLCS PBS 58 41 41
KRCA ind. 62 68 35
KVCR PBS 24 26 26
KVMD ind. 31 23 23
KBEH tres 63 24 24
I also think you are doing a great disservice to TV customers by suggesting that the cutover will be delayed a year. So far cutover tests locally and in New Jersey have gone very smoothly.
I have a digital TV I get no picture on any station. I do not get a perfect picture. Just like the digital radio if you do not get a good siginal it will not pick it up. I think the 40milliom American who live in the out lying areas who will no longer have freeTV should ask for bail out money. I will have to buy cable at a cost of $60 to $100 a month. This is all a scam by the pay TV group to force me to buy there product. Maybe the net works will broad cast live on the Internet I will buy a projector and make my wall a big screen. This is just another finical rip off are Government is going along with. I will never but another TV they are out dated.
Lee Mellinger

Monterey Park, CA

#6 Jan 7, 2009
Halkshaw wrote:
<quoted text> I have a digital TV I get no picture on any station. I do not get a perfect picture. Just like the digital radio if you do not get a good siginal it will not pick it up. I think the 40milliom American who live in the out lying areas who will no longer have freeTV should ask for bail out money. I will have to buy cable at a cost of $60 to $100 a month. This is all a scam by the pay TV group to force me to buy there product. Maybe the net works will broad cast live on the Internet I will buy a projector and make my wall a big screen. This is just another finical rip off are Government is going along with. I will never but another TV they are out dated.
Try a better outdoor antenna, check all the connections. If you get even a marginal analog picture you should get some of the stations digital channels.
Halkshaw

United States

#7 Jan 7, 2009
Lee Mellinger wrote:
<quoted text>
Try a better outdoor antenna, check all the connections. If you get even a marginal analog picture you should get some of the stations digital channels.
I have five TV in my house 2 are digital I use inside antenna rabit ears. the wind blows so hard here you can not have outside atenna. If they want my business they must send a signal I can receive. Their are 40 million people who will not have service. We can not all go down and buy antenna or hook up to cable this problem is so big the big 3 net works are going to go broke with out customers. What about my 12volt system in the Motor Home many people use 12 volts. This whole thing is a scam by the pay TV people. What going to happen is we will have to go back to radio. Maybe they can open up TV cafe. The free TV market is finished.
Stephen

Prescott Valley, AZ

#8 May 19, 2009
I live in rural northern Arizona. After my 25 year old television died, I bought a new TV with a digital turner. Up until I bought this TV, all of my programing was delivered over satellite. Just for fun, I hooked up an old hoop (UHV) antenna that I had in storage. To my surprise, I received two over-the-air digital channels. Eventually I hooked up an outside antenna. I now receive 4 DTV chanels on a regular basis. I also receive another channel, sometimes. As I said, this is a rural area.

I was surprised when I visited a friend that lives in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles county. From her house you can see with the antenna on MT Wilson. She received only one reliable DTV channel and another one 10% of the time.

I don't know why my rural area has more DVT channels to watch. Perhaps the lack of building to bounce the signals around.
Halkshaw

United States

#10 May 20, 2009
Mom-of-Four wrote:
i think this is another scam by the Bush Corrupt Cronies. The Converter Box does not work, reception is horrible in the Valley. Now, I am faced with having to pay for cable tv for my four kids to keep them entertained. Bush you are a greedy baboon.
I think the big 3 net works are going to go broke while they try and get the bugs out. The advertiser will not stay by their side and the net works will die a quick death. Their will be no way to rebuild them.
Hijinx

Los Angeles, CA

#11 May 20, 2009
Mom-of-Four wrote:
i think this is another scam by the Bush Corrupt Cronies. The Converter Box does not work, reception is horrible in the Valley. Now, I am faced with having to pay for cable tv for my four kids to keep them entertained. Bush you are a greedy baboon.
Uhh, Mom, I hope you get TV reception soon, so you can watch the news and see that Bush has been out of office since January.

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