[opendtv] Re: 2VSB Status? (was Lawmakers Establish 2009 Deadline for Analog TV Phaseout)

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2005 10:20:44 -0500

At 5:59 PM -0500 12/24/05, John Golitsis wrote:
>So what is so magic about television that IT must be the way to spread the
>word in cases of emergency?  What percentage of television owners even have
>an antenna available to them?  I don't.  My parents don't.  My brother
>doesn't.  Neither does my sister.  Should we each have one?  Does the
>government recommend one?

The only possible answer is PICTURES, which differentiate TV from 
radio. But this is not a compelling enough reason to have an antenna 
for the rare cases when the cable or DBS service do not work. The 
reality is that when cable and DBS are not working, local TV 
broadcasts may not work either - the largest cause is power outages.

The reality is that people keep radios around for many reasons. One 
of these reasons is the fact that portable radios work, whether or 
not the power and weather are cooperating.

At 8:23 PM -0500 12/24/05, John Golitsis wrote:
>I hear regular radio works pretty good too for local news.  And hey, my car
>has a radio, AND and antenna.  So does my MP3 player...which is what I
>turned to for information during the big power outage a couple of years ago.
>I tried, but my TV wouldn't turn on.

I have not watched a local TV newscast in months. I would estimate 
that I have spent less that an hour watching local TV news during the 
past year, and most of this was to SEE the local radar from Orlando 
when hurricanes were in the neighborhood.

I spend as much time listening to RADIO news in a week, as I do 
watching local broadcast TV news in a year. I do watch the cable news 
channels; I do read the local newspaper; and I do use the Internet 
extensively to keep up with news weather and sports information.

I could easily survive ANY emergency without TV.

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