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InvisibleAlteredAgain
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Terrestrial Television Shut Down
    #11402959 - 11/07/09 09:51 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

This came as a great surprise to me yesterday when I was at a friends house helping him move furniture. I spotted an ancient Sony analog television that looked something like this,



perhaps even an earlier model than that.

Of course I turned it on and tried tuning in to a channel but all I got was dead static. So I asked why it's not working and my friend said that the U.S. just recently shut down all analog terrestrial broadcasting!

Anyone think that's kind of odd? I mean I know digital is the common trend nowadays, but why turn off reasonable means of communication? How does this affect us and our ability to use analog broadcasting amongst the common populace?

I have to admit I do not have sufficient knowledge of radio broadcasting, so maybe somebody can enlighten me.

I think restricting communication can be a dangerous thing for a supposedly free country.



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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: AlteredAgain]
    #11402981 - 11/07/09 10:06 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I think the military is using most of the analog signal now. :shrug:


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: AroundtheSon]
    #11403012 - 11/07/09 10:19 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

There have been advertisements and hubbub about this everywhere for the past three years.

It was shut off because not enough people use it. No sense keeping something around when there are better alternatives and when only 1% of people use it anyways.


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: AlteredAgain]
    #11403344 - 11/07/09 11:33 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

They just broadcast in digital. You don't need cable or anything. Just buy a converter box. CB and ham radio still work. It's going to be alright.


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: Band of Gypsys]
    #11405687 - 11/07/09 05:25 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

always seemed to me like it was just a deal they cut with TV companies so people would have to buy new TVs.


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: CabinFloor]
    #11405722 - 11/07/09 05:30 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

That does clarify a little better. Yeah, I was nicely baked when I found this, so at first I was like woe maan. :stoned:


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: AlteredAgain]
    #11407933 - 11/07/09 11:02 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

The thing with digital is that they can get much more quality from the same bandwidth on the airwaves, that and a signal that is marginal will still keep its quality where analog signals degrade. Although its a pain in the ass to switch something as monolithic as tv broadcast over to a new format our airwaves are desperately crowded, at least in the consumer spectrum and cleaning them up is always good.

I believe that Verizon will be deploying a USA wide wireless network in some of the freed up spectrum. Theres one advantage right there.


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: CabinFloor]
    #11417021 - 11/09/09 08:43 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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CabinFloor said:
always seemed to me like it was just a deal they cut with TV companies so people would have to buy new TVs.




But nobody had to buy new tv's. All you had to get was a converter box, which was government subsidized to the tune of a $40 rebate for each box bought. And was only if you didn't have cable or satellite.

Analog broadcasting was getting way too overcrowded. They freed it up for emergency broadcasting and other stuff.


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: AlteredAgain]
    #11417055 - 11/09/09 08:53 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

In england its called the 'digital switchover'
Its just technology changing & old technology becoming obsolete


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: WakeboardrB]
    #11417519 - 11/09/09 11:32 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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WakeboardrB said:
Quote:

CabinFloor said:
always seemed to me like it was just a deal they cut with TV companies so people would have to buy new TVs.




But nobody had to buy new tv's. All you had to get was a converter box, which was government subsidized to the tune of a $40 rebate for each box bought. And was only if you didn't have cable or satellite.




unless the TV was too old to work with a converter box, like the one I had or the one my grandparents used. I realize it's not actually some deal with TV companies, just kind of sucked a bit. Oh well!


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down [Re: AlteredAgain]
    #11422368 - 11/09/09 11:06 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

They are still broadcasting the same analog radio waves only now they are carrying digital information.


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down (moved) [Re: AlteredAgain]
    #11900993 - 01/25/10 10:01 PM (7 years, 8 months ago)

This thread was moved from Spirituality & Mysticism.

Reason:
Moved to the new Conspiracy Theory Forum!


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Re: Terrestrial Television Shut Down (moved) [Re: Middleman]
    #12049572 - 02/17/10 09:03 PM (7 years, 8 months ago)

I ordered a free discount card for getting a converter box, but forgot to use it.  I haven't tried using a converter box, yet.


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