[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 07:42:17 -0500

At 3:09 PM -0500 1/24/08, Cliff Benham wrote:
Craig Birkmaier wrote:

As for power failures, you might consider radio...it get's us through Hurricane's (and their aftermath) here in Florida.
As pointed out this is a BIG miss. Certainly not enough thought about consumer safety was given to the transition.

People in the path of a hurriacne will want to see the radar images they normally have access to
so they can make decisions about protecting their property and themselves.

Radio provides essential information but images convey far more than radio can in an emergency.
One picture is worth a thousand words and that's 30 pictures per second.

Sorry Cliff, but that's a bunch of crap.

First, we don't lose power until the storm is upon us. There's plenty of time to watch TV for the days that a storm is approaching. When trees start falling its a little late.

We had two hurricanes roll through Gainesville several years ago. The radio stations (a new talk/music duopoply in particular) were a far more valuable resource than TV. Our power was out, our cable was out, and all the TV stations were doing was showing the damage, while the radio station went 24/7 providing real information about the problems and numbers people could call for specific issues.

By the way, I relied on the Internet for radar, which never went out, thanks to the fact that the telco infrastructure was not damaged.


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