Receiving Digital Television Signals

Consumers are discovering that the transition from analog to digital television may require a new antenna in addition to the new converter boxes. This problem is not totally inclusive to those living in rural areas but those living in dense populated cities, as well. Thanks partially to the Apply, Try and Buy programs these little glitches are being discovered. Many consumers who were able to get their shows on analog signals are not able to get them when they switch over to digital-analog converter boxes.

There are still a lot of issues to be worked out before the transition to digital television. Consumers have been told that once the switch over has been completed on February 17th, 2009, there is no going back to analog television.

Consumers have been told to buy radios in case of a power failure or emergency situations. In a society where technology is continually advancing, this may ultimately be a huge step back. Foreseeing any natural or unnatural disasters in the future consumers are concerned that they will be cut off from the world. There is a fairly large percentage of the population who are not physically or financially capable of buy or putting up new roof top antennas required for the transition.

Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) are all aware of these not only potential but apparently existent glitches in the new system. They are looking into the matter. With only four months left to go before the forced transition deadline in February 2009, no immediate plans have been announced to extend the deadline.


Written by acwriter


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