[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements

LPTVs and Class-A's are secondary services.  NTIA appears to be scrambling
on this, but I don't think it's factually correct to assert that NTIA
demanded that analog inputs be disabled; from what I recall, it was
permissive.

John Willkie

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De: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] En
nombre de Craig Birkmaier
Enviado el: Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:29 AM
Para: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Asunto: [opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements

At 10:31 AM -0500 1/24/08, Barry Brown wrote:
>Since I'm a sat sub and have a digital TV, I haven't been paying too 
>much attention to the converter box program until this AM when I 
>read a story in the local paper about the conversion to digital TV. 
>In the Q&A section, this question was asked: "Will the digital 
>switch affect anything other than my TV". Answer: If you have a 
>portable batter-operated TV that receives free channels from an 
>antenna, you'll need to purchase plugs to connect it to a 
>digital-to-analog converter box. Since special boxes won't be made 
>for this type of TV, you'll also need an external power source for 
>the box."
>
>Is this true - there are no battery operated converter boxes being 
>made available to those of us who watch portable TVs during power 
>failures? If so, it appears to be a major oversight!

Sorry Charlie, but you are screwed.

You can get an iPod Touch and watch You Tube if you are near a WiFi hot
spot.

;-(

But you are not as badly screwed as the poor folks who own LPTV and 
class A stations. None of the DTV convertor boxes have NTSC tuners 
(the NTIA required that they be disabled). Some of these boxes have 
an RF pass-thru feature with an A/B switch. All of the promos and 
websites say your analog TV will not work after February 17. 2009. 
But there will still be 2600 LPTV/Class A stations and 4400 
translators operating after the full power analog shut-off. The NTIA 
even has a $10 million program to equip translators with digital to 
analog convertors to deal with the signals from full power stations 
after the transition, but they made it very difficult for people who 
buy the DTV convertor boxes to keep watching these stations. 
Ironically, almost all of these boxes have chips tuners in them that 
handle NTSC/analog cable/ATSC and QAM...

As for power failures, you might consider radio...it get's us through 
Hurricane's (and their aftermath) here in Florida.

Regards
Craig
 
 
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