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Digital TV Debate

Mar 03, 2009
John,
   Your comments on the Sat. Feb.28th show about digital TV were right on the money. This is the most annoying thing to come along since dial-up internet connections. The folks who live out where there are no connections to cable TV or DLS internet service at any price, let alone reasonable, are left holding the bag. The only consolation is that even if we could get good TV service, there isn`t any thing on for anyone over 50 to watch! Even NASCAR has gone so "Hollywood", it is almost unwatchable. I guess the next step is a new TALL antenna tower! Lord knows when we will see DSL...
Pat Bachtel (Grumpy Old Hoosier)

John's Response:
Pat: 
   Thanks for watching and for your feedback.  I was, of course, trying to be humorous, but the digital switch has not been easy for many rural residents.
   We have similar reception problems, and decided to invest in satellite - you can get basic packages for about $35/month and we use satellite for broadband as well ($80).  This is a lot for many folks, I know, but is one of the prices we pay for getting to live separated from a lot of problems.  Jan and I consider it an investment well spent, as we now can watch her garden shows and my woodworking and scifi shows - and have a DVR as well.
Thanks for writing.
John

John,
   I disagree with you about the new ditgital TV.  We bought a converter box, but we live to far away for it to work.  Elderly citizens can't go out and buy a large new TV.
Susan Reynolds

John's Response:
Susan:
Thanks for watching USFR.  I'm sorry your experience with the digital shift has been unpleasant.  I was trying to be humorous, but I understand the change this must be for many rural residents.  You may find you don't need a new TV, but a satellite connection (still not cheap, I know) will solve most problems.  Regardless, thanks for writing.
John

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Here is the full transcript of John's commentary on Digital TV:

   THIS HAS BEEN A HARSHLY TRYING WEEK FOR MANY AMERICANS AS OUR WORST FEARS ABOUT THE FUTURE HAVE BEEN REALIZED. TOO MANY OF US ARE FACED WITH A CHALLENGE WE THOUGHT WE HAD DEALT WITH YEARS AGO, BUT INSTEAD OF LOOKING FORWARD TO YEARS OF CAREFREE ENJOYMENT, WE ARE STRUGGLING TO ADAPT TO A BLEAK AND CONFUSING FUTURE. wE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO OPERATE A NEW REMOTE CONTROL IF WE ARE EVER GOING TO WATCH TELEVISION AGAIN. 
   lIKE MANY OF YOU, THE OVERWHELMING CONFLUENCE OF FORCES SUCH AS THE SHIFT TO DIGITAL BROADCASTING, SCANDALOUSLY LOW-PRICED BIG-SCREEN TV'S, AND PEER-PRESSURE FROM BUDDIES WHO ALREADY HAVE HI-DEF PUSHED ME TO SAIL MY ENTIRE COUCH-POTATO LIFESTYLE INTO UNCHARTED WATERS. IT HAS NOT BEEN PRETTY. AFTER THREE DAYS, I STILL CAN'T FIND ALL MY FAVORITE STATIONS, I HAVE TO PUT ON MY GLASSES TO FIND THE MUTE BUTTON, AND I ALTERNATE BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE TOO FAT OR TOO SKINNY DEPENDING ON THE ASPECT RATIO - WHATEVER THE HECK THAT IS.  bUT THIS IS NO TIME FOR WHINING OR SHIRKING. THIS PATRIOT KNOWS BUYING A TV AND H-D IS ONLY MY FIRST CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY. 
   JUST AS I AM CONFIDENT WE WILL CLIMB OUT OF THIS SILLY RECESSION THING, I ALSO BELIEVE IN A BRIGHT FUTURE WHERE I CAN BOTH FIND AND RECORD STAR TREK RERUNS. YES, I CAN.
 
 

 
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COMMENTS (1 Comments)

James Stover
Althoug the digital transition was a hassle, I have even more problem with satellite and cable packages that box you in to paying for garbage and porn. What is wrong with a law that lets you pick your channels and pay as you use?
11:14 AM Mar 3rd
 
 
 
 
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