This was first told to me by my Brother in law about a month ago and I said "no way" but it was "Yes Way".
I can't believe it. We do not watch that much TV but I was in the mind to buy a new flat screen this comeing year.
BUT.... while sitting in the hot tub last night looking at the stars, I started to rationalize...will it work????
We do not have cable in this area (hard to believe in this day and age) nor do we have a satilite due to our income does not allow for such luxuries but 3 local chanels do come in prety good with the antena that we have.
I can see it now a 32 inch flat screen HD LCD on my wall with the rabbit ear antena comeing up from behind and just a bit of tin-foil for that "little better" picture look.
Tell me is this box, I will need to purchase, going to make my picture come in any better????
Gerry the canoebuilder
If you buy a new flat screen just make sure that it has a Digital Tuner built-in and you will not need a converter box.
The entire point here is that your TV either will or will not tune the new digital channel spectrum and if it will not then a box is required to do so.
Many areas already have digital broadcast running so it may be practical to determine right now if you will be able to receive the broadcasts.
With the new digital the reception it will be a lot more simple to determine and tweak than it is now.
You will either get it and it will be near perfect looking or you will not get it at all.The matter of reception will be a lot more "Black and White" (sorry I had to).
The entire electronics manufacturing community has already decided for you that this is prefferred to what we have now and they also have determined that we will be happy or even eager to tolerate any digital artifacts of poor reception as we already do with cable and sat. broadcasting.
Our elected representatives have co-signed these conclusions and despite the realities of the normal people being stranded with this they have changed our broadcasting world to free up channel spectrum for other short sighted plans they have.
The problem is that cable and sat. at least deliver a decent signal level so the digital we see is at a strong level......broadcast will just be,well, mediocre!
If you watch digital cable or sat. now maybe you have noticed the picture jerking or tiling(freezing) from time to time? Maybe you also notice in dark,low contrast scenes that you can see bizarre moving blocks that have nothing to do with the picture you are watching?
These are the result of digitizing or compressing the signal so they can squeeze more material into the smaller bandwidth of the digital signal.
In theory they could deliver better quality all the time or alternative programming due to the ability to compress the signal.
In practice they have degraded the signal to the point of a terrible product capable of producing more revenue for the government and the broadcasters all under the guise of knowing what is better for us since we can not tell the difference anyway.
There are high performance antenna's for the digital broadcasts that work fairly well to improve the signal and since they receive in the UHF band they are very small compared to what we are used to for broadcast antenna.
In my experience they rarely work if you are distant from the tramsmitter or they may deliver just one of many signals from your area,
This whole mess will not really affect most people it turns out.The numbers of us that do not pay for TV is so low that we are being overcome by the event and have no real voice in it at all.
I tried to warn you....don't get me started!