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Tranzor 06-08-2008 11:45 PM

About the 2009 analog change (DTV, HDTV)
I am not sure if this could go here or should be in off topic? Besides the general, what I really do not like about this forced changed is the fact that technically it wipes out 30 years of equipment in one day.

padre2 06-09-2008 02:48 AM

They had to do it, so the broadcasters can move on. Hopefully they'll utilize the open channels for something good.

lordsmurf 06-09-2008 05:46 AM

The open spectrum is set to be sold to wireless online/phone services (bidding ended a month or two ago), and then an expansion to emergency service bandwidth.

Much like oil, the airwave frequencies are a limited commodity. Television was an elephant that had to be replaced with mice.

Tranzor 06-09-2008 03:53 PM

I will get one of those converter boxes in the meantime. I suppose none of them will still act as a pass-through device even if the box is off (my svhs deck does this, lets the cable signal go through despite the vcr not being turned on)?
I assume on of the newer tivo type devices can accept the newer signals. I use a panny deck (w/Hard drive) to record some shows during the day to watch at home later (nothing I keep). Would need something that can do a variety of channels. I need this unless those digital 2 analog converters do allow pass through while still converting the signal.

Tcel93 06-23-2008 07:46 AM

Are you recording off Cable or Sat? If so, you don't need to do anything, they do it for you.

Tranzor 06-25-2008 12:28 PM

well I had the basic service that did not require a cable box. However this past week I did some adding and if I did get the HD box not only would I get a bunch of extra channels and no longer need anything for the 2009 change but I also would save an extra $2.

I find it ironic that for a while I have been paying so much for basic service and that for two dollars less I get a hell of a lot more channels and the stupid box, go figure

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