The DTV Idiot Wind

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The DTV Idiot Wind

Postby Woodwards Friend » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:45 am

Is the DTV thing really that complicated? This shouldn't be this difficult.

According to surveys conducted by the Consumers Union, a consumer advocacy group that also publishes Consumer Reports magazine, while 90 percent of the nation is aware of the transition, 25 percent mistakenly believe that one must subscribe to cable or satellite after February, and 41 percent think that every TV in a house must have a new converter box, even those that are already connected to cable or satellite.

“We need boots on the ground,” said Joel Kelsey, a Consumers Union policy analyst. Mr. Kelsey advocated armies of people, from firefighters to television industry personnel, going into homes and setting up converter boxes for consumers.


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/22/technology/22digital.html?_r=1

Don't fire fighters have better things to do then helping shut-ins and the elderly set up their tvs to watch the February 18 episode of American Idol? Doesn't this country have more pressing national concerns?

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Postby Ffdfd » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:56 am

If your TV looks like this, I can help. Otherwise, don't call.

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Overall, the contract seems to have been written by amateurs.
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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:24 pm

Hold on a sec. I need a new antennae for my TV? What kind of bullshit is that? Here's my model:

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Anyone know of free plans for an antennae that I can build? I only have some 2x4s and a few bent coathangers, but I'm willing to stain the boards.
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Postby The Beav » Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:25 pm

frank - up in grand blanc wrote:Hold on a sec. I need a new antennae for my TV? What kind of bullshit is that? Here's my model:

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Anyone know of free plans for an antennae that I can build? I only have some 2x4s and a few bent coathangers, but I'm willing to stain the boards.


With what?
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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:59 pm

The Beav wrote:
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:Hold on a sec. I need a new antennae for my TV? What kind of bullshit is that? Here's my model:

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Anyone know of free plans for an antennae that I can build? I only have some 2x4s and a few bent coathangers, but I'm willing to stain the boards.


With what?


Not sure. These instructions only say "stain and wax." Now that I think about it the stain and wax industrialists are probably in on this screw-the-working-man-PCPTV conversion scam too. Fuckers.
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Postby Woodwards Friend » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:10 pm

The way I do it you usually wax and then stain. There's really no point in waxing if you've already made the stain.
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Postby Shark » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:53 pm

I can't WAIT until this transfer happens. They we'll all get to bask in a month long ordeal from the people that were too lazy to figure out about the change. Everyone will blame the federal government and Obama for taking away their TV. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who wakes up to a dead TV that day and then whines about it, gets when they deserve for being useless, stupid fucks. (a very, very small number of truly poor people and elderly shut-ins may be afflicted, but hey, shit happens.)
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Postby jmy » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:18 pm

I ordered coupons for all my illiterate neighbors. That Radio Shack on Woodward is going to have a heyday in about six weeks.
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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:40 pm

jmy wrote:I ordered coupons for all my illiterate neighbors. That Radio Shack on Woodward is going to have a heyday in about six weeks.


And the coupons are taking their sweet time getting here. I ordered them for me and my girlfriend almost a month ago.
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Postby Morty » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:52 pm

this is pretty much what they're up against.
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Postby chad sexington » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:57 am

I kinda want to be watching an old tv set when the plug is pulled on standard broadcasting. Will be kind of strange to see things just go to static.
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Postby Woodwards Friend » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:40 am

chad sexington wrote:I kinda want to be watching an old tv set when the plug is pulled on standard broadcasting. Will be kind of strange to see things just go to static.


It will be like watching the ball drop in Times Square!
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Postby chad sexington » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:42 am

Better fill the bathtub up with water and make sure the flashlight has extra batteries!
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Postby Mulligan » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:44 am

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I used to be with it, but then they changed what 'it' was. Now, what I'm with isn't 'it,' and what's 'it' seems weird and scary.
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Postby Amadeus » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:21 pm

Woodwards Friend wrote:
chad sexington wrote:I kinda want to be watching an old tv set when the plug is pulled on standard broadcasting. Will be kind of strange to see things just go to static.


It will be like watching the ball drop in Times Square!


For us old folks, they should play the national anthem right before cutting over to digital.
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